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Google adds Honeycomb sculpture to its lawn, celebrating latest Android release

March 1, 2011 |  5:27 pm


Android Honeycomb has arrived and, as is tradition, Google has added an oversized lawn sculpture to its Mountain View headquarters to celebrate.

The Honeycomb sculpture, planted near other Android release statues in front of Google's Building 44, depicts a large honeycomb with a green Android mascot popping out of a hexagon as a bee is heading the robot's direction. Between them is a hexagon that viewers can look through.

DancingBumbleBeeGoogle's Android developers posted a video to YouTube, which can be seen below, of the latest sculpture installation.

For the video, the folks at Google went with the obvious music choice -- a modern rendition of Flight of the Bumblebee.

A person dressed up as a bumblebee also showed up for the debut of the statue -- dancing for the camera and riding a bicycle around as employees put the Honeycomb in place.

It seems that the Honeycomb wasn't the only giant object to get a new home at the Googleplex.

The previously installed sculptures had been huddled together and, as seen in the video, are now in new locations -- probably a nod to the fact that the tech giant is planning many more such pieces of art to dot its yard in the future.

Honeycomb is Google's first tablet-specific version of Android, and it follows previous releases (and sculptures) of the mobile operating system, which were also named after tasty treats. In alphabetical order, the previous releases were Donut, Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread.

So far, Honeycomb is available only on the Motorola Xoom tablet, which hit retail stores less than a week ago.


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Photos: Screen shots from an Android Developers video shows Google's Honeycomb statue installed in front of Building 44 at the tech company's Mountain View headquarters. Credit: Google

Video: Honeycomb Buzzes on. Credit: AndroidDevelopers on YouTube