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Android Honeycomb media player leaks, show big UI overhaul

updated 08:55 pm EST, Mon December 27, 2010

Honeycomb media player app caught on video

Google's plans to revamp the Android interface in Honeycomb were exposed in more detail this evening with the posting of a pre-release version of the platform's media player. The unfinished app primarily shows a much more polished interface with transparency and a much more visual album picker. The XDA-Developers copy noticeably includes a menu button like that from the Motorola tablet demo, suggesting that Google is aiming to improve interface consistency by putting more onscreen.

The app is just one component and doesn't provide a complete look at the interface but, by scaling to phone size, implies that Google will bring Honeycomb to all devices and not just tablets. Its goal has long been known to be adding visual polish to bring it closer to iOS as well as to reduce the need for the custom interfaces that are common on Android phones. On tablets, it will move virtually all the navigation buttons to the main screen, eliminating the need for hardware buttons on the front that are still needed even on competing hardware like the iPad.

Honeycomb, possibly called Android 2.4 or 3.0, is known to be getting its first public showing at CES next week, where Motorola's 10-inch tablet and possibly other devices will themselves show for the first time. Actual finished products may not show until at least March as it would be waiting on the software to be finished.











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  1. jpellino

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    +1

    Yawn

    Yet another interface whose aim is to try and get the job done without infringing on iTunes/iPod. As long as everyone chases Apple, that's all it will ever be.

  1. squirrellydw

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    Re re yawn

    Will itwat, that link you posted is old and guess what, everyone copies that patient, even your beloved google. Second it is a known fact like the article stated that google wants to improve the look of android. Third the OP never said IOS is the best but everyone is trying to copy them.

    So my suggestion to you is learn to read and understand what you are reading, now go to bed so your mom can read you your bed time story

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    +1

    re: re: Yawn

    What makes Apple's UI the best around? How about everyone trying to copy it? That pretty much says everyone is trying to compete and beat Apple. IN VAIN. Apple is on top right now whether we like it or not. I don't know why all you little b****** piss and moan over stupid s***...grow the f*ck up...(notice how I didn't say whether I'm a fandroid or iTard?) I'm neutral....So don't even TRY and bash me with your little b**** a** rants...

  1. facebook_Jeffrey

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    re: re: Yawn

    What makes Apple's UI the best around? How about everyone trying to copy it? That pretty much says everyone is trying to compete and beat Apple. IN VAIN. Apple is on top right now whether we like it or not. I don't know why all you little b****** piss and moan over stupid s***...grow the f*ck up...(notice how I didn't say whether I'm a fandroid or iTard?) I'm neutral....So don't even TRY and bash me with your little b**** a** rants...

  1. slapppy

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    Another desperate try

    Using Apple as a template again, another one tries to create from the source. Only to fail. Looks crappy so far. Well for Android users who likes second best, thats good enough for them.

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