Google Announces New Version Of Android Honeycomb At I/O Developers Conference

Google unveiled the next major update to its Android Honeycomb tablet operating system at the I/O developers conference.

The update will be immediately available on the Verizon Xoom 3G tablet device with other Xoom devices being updated in the coming few weeks, the company said.

The Android 3.1 Honeycomb, meant only for tablet devices, will bring an update task switcher, which will allow users to easily scroll between recent and current applications.

The updated platform will also come with an improved widget functionality that would allow users to resize widget windows when they hold their device vertically or horizontally.

The Android 3.1 will also come with support for USB host functionality, which will allow users to connect an array of USB devices, like flash drives, keyboards, mice and game controllers. The feature will also let users import photos directly from a connected digital camera.

The company announced an upgrade to its Android OS, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, which will be released by the end of this year. The new platform will unify tablets and smartphones running on the Android platform.

The company said that ICS was its ‘most ambitious release to date’ and will feature a video conferencing app that automatically zooms in on the speaker.