DigiTimes: Gingerbread Samples Coming in December

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Google has notified Android partners that the Android 3.0 operating system, aka Gingerbread, will be available in December for engineers, givingcompanies little time to ready Gingerbread devices, including tablets, at CES in January, the DigiTimes reports.

The Taiwan-based DigiTimes is often the source of unfounded rumors, so take the report with a very large grain of salt, but it’s worth mentioning that early speculation suggested an October launch for Android 3.0.

In addition, the report states that Google may launch Android 4.0 in the second half of 2011. Again, consider the source of the rumor.

If true, Android 3.0will miss the holiday season, along with any tablet looking to run the operating system.

Analysts and insiders have long assumed that Android 3.0 will be a more tablet-friendly OS than previous versions of Googles mobile operating system. Rumors indicate it could support higher screen resolutions and tablet-specific hardware.

Google representatives have gone on record stating that the current version of Android, 2.2, or Froyo, is a mobile OS and not meant for tablets.

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