October 2, 2014

Google: Honeycomb "is a Tablet Operating System"

Image: Wildxplorer

Apparently contradicting what Google’s Matias Duarte said at CES, an unnamed Google spokesman told TechRadar that “right now, [Honeycomb] is a tablet operating system.”

TechRadar takes this to mean that Honeycomb may never come to phones, but their source’s words about the future only seem to muddy the waters:

“I think that coming together [of 2.x for phones and 3.x for tablets] is a good idea. What we’re trying to do here I make a base platform that’s so good, that others only need to add native elements in their core areas.”

Which sounds like good news as far as discouraging OEM skins, but sounds unclear as far as when phones will see Honeycomb– or if the “coming together” will be in a version down the road.

On the other hand, when asked if Honeycomb was exclusively for tablets at CES, Android Director of User Experience Matias Duarte said that Honeycomb “is absolutely the direction for Android” on all form factors.

So in conclusion, who knows?

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