Google's Android 3.0 has received positive reviews from pundits and major tablet manufacturers such as Samsung and Motorola have already launched Honeycomb powered tablets, while other companies will soon release their own Android 3.0 tablets.
Despite the enthusiasm surrounding Android 3.0, Honeycomb powered tablets have not been very successful in terms of sales. Demand for Honeycomb tablets and RIM's Playbook have not reached sales expectations, analysts at JP Morgan stated in a recent report.
Beyond Apple's iPad there has not been another high-volume tablet offering to hit the market. Tablet build plans in the aggregate have declined by almost 10% since early March, JP Morgan's Mark Moskowitz said.
Honeycomb has indeed had a slow start but the operating system is capable of making up for lost ground and even become the market leader, thanks to a number of useful features.
Firstly, the revamped user interface makes it easier for developers to add content to existing apps. Secondly, Honeycomb offers a "soft keyboard on a larger screen size", which will improve speed and accuracy while typing. And thirdly, Honeycomb "supports multi-core processor architectures" and is already 3D compatible, while Apple has only taken baby steps in this domain.