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Google Demos Android 3.0 Honeycomb At CES

Search giant Google has finally demoed the long-awaited Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system, designed specifically for tablet devices.

The new tablet-only OS, which was previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, will initially be available on Motorola's Xoom tablet device and will be launched by the end of this quarter.

Google has given the Android user interface a complete overhaul, optimising it for use on large screen tablet devices.

According to the company, Honeycomb will come with a revamped Gmail application and an updated Google Talk client, which now supports video conferencing using the front facing camera on the tablet device. According to Google, users will be able to initiate video conferencing calls from one Android tablet to another and to PCs as well.

The operating system will also feature the official Google ebooks application, complete with the page-flicking feature made popular by the iPad, and the new Google Maps app with 3D navigation.