Android 3.0 devices get Movie Studio

Eric Schmidt has been talking at MWC, with the Google chief using his speech to talk up relations between Google's Android platform and Nokia, but also to introduce an interesting new segment of the Android platform, going by the name of Movie Studio.

It's designed specifically for the Android 3.0 (aka Honeycomb) platform, the one that's built around tablets and is, as you might have guessed, video editing software. According to TechRadar, it looks to offer simple timeline-based editing as well as HD video support, throwing in a series of effects and transitions plus audio support.

In practice, it means you can polish up your video clips before exposing them to the world via YouTube, shaving off a bit, enhancing your mini masterpiece and tweaking with the audio. All of which is likely to be absolutely free. Just as long as you've paid out for an Android 3.0 tablet, which certainly aren't free.

It's not strictly competition for the mobile version of Apple's iMovie editing product, which is likely to be on the next iPad model and is currently on the iPhone. But it will mean such a product is no longer Apple-only, even if it is limited in product scope just now. Hopefully this is just a first step, with a similar product being developed for Android smartphones too. We wouldn't be at all surprised to see one.

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