Analyzing Android Honeycomb 3.1

Earlier versions were better

The earlier versions of the Android offered better compatibility with the tablets rather than the Honeycomb. The Honeycomb is a special edition that Google has developed for Android for the bigger devices, such as the tablets. However, this version offers lesser productivity than the earlier versions that were useful for the smart phones. Although, this was a much-awaited version, users have a mixed reaction about its productivity.Inconsistency in the experience

The primary issue with the Honeycomb is the choice of the design that Google has used for the handling of larger displays. The system controls as placed on all the four corners of the display screens, which gives a sense of inconsistency when users are using the device. Moreover, the constant notifications that pop up on the bottom right corner are distracting. The clock and the commonly used Android functions and settings are also placed in the bottom right corner of the device.

Accessibility problems
Users can access the installed applications from the upper right corner of the display area. This is one area the Honeycomb never utilizes except to go to the home screen and run those applications that are not visible on the screen. To run the Google search, users have to hit a button that is located on the upper left corner of the display. The other access points, such as the back button, display open applications, and getting to the home screen are available in the lower left corner of the display area. The placement of the various functionality buttons on the four corners requires the users to consider where the required button is places when they want to access a specific function.

Larger display suitability

Although, the earlier versions of the Android were not optimized for working with larger display areas, the access points were easy and conveniently located. Users were accustomed to the design after using the device for a few days, which was the mark of a good design.

Stability of the device

The Honeycomb 3.1 provides improved stability than the Honeycomb 3.0 version. However, users do face issues where the applications are shut on their own and take the users to the home screen. This automatic shut down is common with the web browser while users are surfing the Internet. Moreover, the Honeycomb 3.1 users experience spontaneous system rebooting; however, it is significantly lesser than the earlier version.