Android 3.0

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Android 3.0 Honeycomb (API 11)
On February 22, 2011, the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK – the first tablet-only Android update – was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.36.[1][2][3][4] The first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, was released on February 24, 2011.[5] The update's features included:[1]
Version Release date Features Image(s)
3.0 February 22, 2011[3]
  • Optimized tablet support with a new “holographic” user interface (removed again the following year with version 4.2).[6]
  • New Easter egg, an image of a Tron-themed bumblebee.
  • Added System Bar, featuring quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons, available at the bottom of the screen.
  • Added the Action Bar, giving access to contextual options, navigation, widgets, or other types of content at the top of the screen.
  • Simplified multitasking – tapping Recent Applications in the System Bar allows users to see snapshots of the tasks underway and quickly jump from one application to another.
  • Redesigned the keyboard, making typing fast, efficient and accurate on larger screen sizes
  • Simplified, more intuitive copy/paste interface.
  • Multiple browser tabs replacing browser windows, plus form auto-fill and a new “incognito” mode allowing somewhat anonymous browsing.
  • Quick access to camera exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front-facing camera, time-lapse, and other camera features.
  • Ability to view albums and other collections in full-screen mode in Gallery, with easy access to thumbnails for other photos.
  • New two-pane Contacts UI and Fast Scroll to let users easily organize and locate contacts.
  • New two-pane Email UI to make viewing and organizing messages more efficient, allowing users to select one or more messages.
  • Hardware acceleration.
  • Support for multi-core processors.
  • Ability to encrypt all user data.
  • HTTPS stack improved with Server Name Indication (SNI).
  • Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE; kernel module).
  • Disallows applications from having to write access to secondary storage (memory cards on devices with internal primary storage) outside of designated, application-specific directories. Full access to primary internal storage is still allowed through a separate application-level permission.[7][8]
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Android 3.0 home screen

Android 3.1 Honeycomb[edit]

Android 3.1 Honeycomb (API 12)
Version Release date Features Image(s)
3.1 May 10, 2011[9]
  • UI refinements.
  • Connectivity for USB accessories (USB On-The-Go).
  • Expanded Recent Applications list.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets.
  • Support for external keyboards and pointing devices.
  • Support for joysticks and gamepads.
  • Support for FLAC audio playback.[10][11]
  • High-performance Wi-Fi lock, maintaining high-performance Wi-Fi connections when the device screen is off.
  • Support for HTTP proxy for each connected Wi-Fi access point.

Android 3.2 Honeycomb[edit]

Android 3.2 Honeycomb (API 13)
Version Release date Features Image(s)
3.2 July 15, 2011[12]
  • Improved hardware support, including optimizations for a wider range of tablets.
  • Increased ability of applications to access files on the SD card, e.g. for synchronization.
  • Compatibility display mode for applications that have not been optimized for tablet screen resolutions.
  • New display support functions, giving developers more control over display appearance on different Android devices.[13]


3.2.1 September 20, 2011
  • Bug fixes and minor security, stability and Wi-Fi improvements.
  • Update to Android Market with automatic updates and easier-to-read Terms and Conditions text.
  • Update to Google Books.
  • Improved Adobe Flash support in browser.
  • Improved Chinese handwriting prediction.


3.2.2 September 30, 2011
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements for the Motorola Xoom 4G.


3.2.4 December 15, 2011
  • Pay As You Go for 3G and 4G tablets.


3.2.6 February 15, 2012
  • Fixed data connectivity issues when coming out of Airplane mode on the US 4G Motorola Xoom.
  1. 1.0 1.1 "Android 3.0 Platform Highlights". Android Developers. Archived from the original on February 16, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  2. Rubin, Andy (January 5, 2011). "A Sneak Peek of Android 3.0, Honeycomb". Google Mobile Blog. Archived from the original on January 8, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Xavier Ducrohet (February 22, 2011). "Final Android 3.0 Platform and Updated SDK Tools". Android Developers Blog. Archived from the original on March 5, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2011.
  4. Mithun Chandrasekhar (February 2, 2011). "Google's Android Event Analysis". AnandTech. Retrieved February 5, 2011. I confirmed this with Google; Honeycomb, at least in the current form, will not be coming to non-tablet devices.
  5. Nilay Patel (January 26, 2011). "Motorola Atrix 4G and Xoom tablet launching at the end of February, Droid Bionic and LTE Xoom in Q2". Engadget. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
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  7. Ho, Joshua. "Examining MicroSD changes in Android 4.4". Anandtech. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  8. Cody Toombs (February 17, 2014). "External Blues: Google Has Brought Big Changes To SD Cards In KitKat, And Even Samsung Is Implementing Them". Android Police. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  9. Ducrohet, Xavier (May 10, 2011). "Android 3.1 Platform, New SDK tools". Android Developers Blog. Archived from the original on May 11, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  10. "Android Supported Media Formats". Android Developers. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  11. "Issue 1461 – Android – FLAC file support enhancement request". Retrieved August 5, 2011.
  12. Ducrohet, Xavier (July 15, 2011). "Android 3.2 Platform and Updated SDK tools". Android Developers Blog. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
  13. "Supporting Multiple Screens: Declaring Tablet Layouts for Android 3.2". Android Developers. 2012. Retrieved February 18, 2013.