Design Focus Items in Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) for Tablets

I admit to being completely baffled by Google’s Android platform strategy. Why, for example, does it appear that Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) will be released for tablets before Android OS 2.4 (Ice Cream or Ice Cream Sandwich) is released for smartphones? Not much has been said about OS 2.4. However, much is expected to be revealed about 3.0 later today. All Things Digital’s Ina Fried provides a preview based on an interview with Google’s Matias Duarte.

Exclusive: Google’s Android Design Expert Outlines the Vision Behind Honeycomb

– No reliance on hardware buttons. This, I should note, is a key design feature when running Android OS 3.0 on devices like a rooted Nook color.
– OS 3.0 will be available this month on the Motorola Xoom tablet sold through Verizon Wirelesss
– Focus on task switching and background activity notification