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Video: Google's live demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb at CES

At CES on Thursday, Google provided a 10-minute live demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action, running on the Motorola Xoom tablet. TechRepublic's Jason Hiner shot this video of the demo.

Google made a surprise appearance at Verizon's CES 2011 keynote on Thursday, and it turned out to be the hit of the event. Google provided a 10-minute live demo of Android 3.0 Honeycomb in action, running on the Motorola Xoom tablet.

I was sitting in the front row at the event and took this video clip of nearly the entire demo. It cuts off just 30 seconds before the demo ended, but the only thing missing is a brief video call over GoogleTalk and an abrupt closing.

Today's show-and-tell was a much longer, more in-depth, and more impromptu demo than the 93-second video that Google released on YouTube yesterday. Google actually explains the UI, talks about some of its design decisions, shows how to navigate the tablet interface, and shows off a few of the new tablet-optimized apps.

You can watch the embedded video below or view the HD version on YouTube.

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Jason Hiner is the Global Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and Global Long Form Editor of ZDNet. He is an award-winning journalist who writes about the people, products, and ideas that are revolutionizing the ways we live and work in the 21st century.

15 comments
eduardo
eduardo

Why the the video finish when the speker anounces the video chat demo and still nothing happens? coincidence? if the guy anounces it I want to see it! is there another video where we can see it working ?

kbadiru
kbadiru

Havent seen anything like it!! simply innovative and ground breaking

aliajao
aliajao

This is incredible can others upgrade there phone

EzWeb247
EzWeb247

Great! Now all my digital travel kit needs is an optional removable keyboard "cover" that is really a reasonably powerful processor running Windows w a 64GB or better solid state disk and ports including at least Ethernet, high speed USBs, Memory Card Reader, HDMI and BlueTooth (if not already available in the tablet). The two units would be independent but able to share display, storage and port resources when connected (or close to each other), including the WiFi and Cellular.

ludwig72
ludwig72

this is sick. i wouldn't be surprised if android doesn't go after the desktop market.

mastergde
mastergde

I cannot wait to get my hands on it! Looks great with just those features alone!

coolnevener
coolnevener

great stuff Jason, thanks for pirating and posting!

ShockMe
ShockMe

Hopefully it will ship soon. I like the pace at which they are iterating Android OS. I'm eager to see how iOS develops as well. It's been awesome having the iPad this last year. And now even more people can enjoy a tablet. I might even root a Nook Color to try this out. (Assuming it can run Honeycomb.)

Mad Mole
Mad Mole

..... did he get the video chat working? Love the idea of the 3D but wonder how long it will be before my local area is available. The other thing I noticed was the very deliberate (read slow) motions to perform many operations. Certainly now mouse or keyboard instant. I'll be very interested to see if that is hardware or demo related when the Motorola pops-up on the highstreet. Overall though is a positive start for 3.0

Omnifice
Omnifice

Impressive! Can't wait to get one to play with. Thanks for the post, Jason!

dconnolly
dconnolly

Pretty impressive, well thoughtout, and functional. Looks very competitive to Apple Ipad, maybe a bit better in some areas...like the 3-d aspect. Just a matter of time before Google makes a switch from Microsoft compelling it would seem at the rate they are innovating.