Developers at Android had a live demonstration this morning straight out of Google headquarters, showing off some of the new features that will be included in the “tablet optimized” Honeycomb OS slated for release later this year. This included announcements from big name developers like Disney, who have confirmed three apps developed for Android, including the very popular Tap Tap Revenge.
Other announcements included a regulated currency system, allowing developers to assign multiple currencies to their products, eliminating potential confusion on the buyer end. The Android Market can now be accessed online, anytime, and can be used to manage apps and find new ones.
Another interesting reveal: In-App purchasing, which will essentially allow developers to provide users with in-app currency. As an example, a Disney developer purchased and played a song in Tap Tap Revenge without ever leaving the game’s interface.
To end the presentation, developers used Google Talk to chat with performer Cee Lo Green about the upcoming Grammys. Other announcements from Google included 3D-enabled Google Maps, tablet optimized Gmail, and “millions of books on the go” with Google eBooks. Check out a quick run down of Honeycomb’s new features at www.youtube.com/android (sorry, they won’t let us embed the video).