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We all know that a sequel is on the way to Apple’s market-dominating iPad, but that’s not stopping Google from prepping its own counterattack in 2011, as demonstrated Monday night by the man heading up the company’s Android division.
9to5Mac is reporting that Google is laying the groundwork for a counterattack on Apple’s iPad, and Android chief Andy Rubin took the stage Monday night to give a sneak preview of what’s to come. A prototype tablet was featured during Rubin’s talk at the All Things D: Dive Into Mobile conference, which gave attendees their first glimpse into Android 3.0, codenamed “Honeycomb.”
The Android boss claims that Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a tablet-optimized version of the open source OS, and demonstrated a bit of the new interface on a prototype Samsung tablet expected to ship next year. Rubin actually had some praise for Apple, stating “I think everybody is embracing the iPhone. They are pretty open.”
“Certainly they make great products,” Rubin elaborated. “Robust, solid, good user experiences. A lot of consistency across applications. More recently I see them getting involved in the other end of the spectrum -- services like a bookstore, the App Store. Apple is a company that learns from its mistakes.”
Check out the video below for a peek at how Android will take on the tablet market next year.
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(Image & video courtesy of 9to5Mac and All Things D)