February 3, 2011 | by Michael Heller
I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I feel like I must say: Vindication! But, I guess that’s not really a news story. The story is that PC Mag was told by a Google spokesman, Andrew Kovacs, today that Honeycomb is “just for tablets”, although “features will arrive on phones over time.”
“The version of Honeycomb we’ve shown is optimized for tablet form factors,” Kovacs added, via a followup email. “All of the UI changes are the future of Android. Yesterday’s event focused on tablet form factors, which is where you’ll first see Honeycomb.”
All of this to say the exact same things that both Andy Rubin and Matias Duarte said in previous talks about Honeycomb: this is a tablet UI designed for tablets, but certain features will become ubiquitous in Android. Those features, in my opinion, most likely being: soft function buttons, contextual action bar, and the multitasking UI.
People may think that you need to have the same OS on everything, but I’ll stick by my idea that as long as the apps all work, I want an OS optimized for the device I’m using.