Dell announced at an investors’ meeting that customers do not have anything to fear from Gingerbread (or Froyo, for that matter). Neither of the outdated Android versions will find its way onto the Dell’s upcoming 10-inch Android tablet. Instead, Dell’s new slate will be shipping with the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
Dell’s confirmation is just added reassurance, as speculation already held that the Dell Android tablet (aka Dell Streak 10) would feature Honeycomb.
Looking at Windows and Mirrors
During an event last week in San Francisco, Dell announced plans for more than just a new Android tablet. News also came out that the company would be producing a Windows 7 business tablet. It seems that this tablet will probably look quite similar (or, identical) to the new Android model, as the two are going to share the same body.
Statements from Dell also made it sound like the two would have comparable specs.
Dell explained its decision to make two tablets with nearly identical hardware, but sporting different OS’s, with the statement:
For tablets, it’s Android Honeycomb and Windows, and we have customers with a preference for either one. We can create platforms that share a great degree of hardware commonality that can run both — or either — operating system, and we don’t see any other options that are worthy of consideration.
The Dell Android tablet was originally projected to ship in February or early March, but considering the current lack of information about a release date, and the fact that February is fleeting fast, it seems safe to say that it will take a bit longer than that before it hits store shelves.