Motorola will launch its Nvidia Tegra 2-powered Android tablet in February or March 2011, and it will run Google Android Honeycomb, the DigiTimes reports. LG will then follow with its long-rumored Optimus Pad.
The rumor fuels recent speculation that the next version of Android, Gingerbread, will not be the tablet OS many expected, and will be an incremental update, perhaps Android 2.3. Gingerbread will set the stage for the next major update, Android 3.0, a tablet-friendly operating system codenamed Honeycomb.
Google officials have gone on record stating Android 2.2, the most current version of the operating system, codenamed Froyo, is not suitable for tablets.
This is not the first time Motorola, maker of the popular Droid Android smartphone, has been tied to Android Honeycomb. Earlier in November, gadget blog Mobile-Review tweeted, “Google choose MOTOPAD as a first device to show Android 3.0 – 7 inch version.” Also, the Chinese-language Apple Daily and analysts at JP Morgan reported in October that Google is working closely with Motorola on Android 3.0.