Could Motorola be the first with an Android 3.0 tablet? That’s exactly what Mobile-Review is reporting via its Twitter feed with this tweet: “Google choose MOTOPAD as a first device to show Android 3.0 – 7 inch version”
Motorola has been vocal in the past about not wanting to rush into the market. Co-CEO Sanjay Jha said last month during an investor call, “We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver that when that occurs.” He added, “Hopefully, that’s early next year.”
If true, the move wouldn’t be a surprise. The Motorola Droid devices are widely considered among the best Android smartphones, and Google could look to leverage an existing relationship with Motorola to produce a device worthy of the first Google tablet OS, be it Gingerbread, or as recent speculation suggests, Honeycomb.
The tweet also implies that Motorola will be working on more than one tablet model, a seven-inch tablet and perhaps a larger device. The iPad screen is 9.7-inches across, the Samsung Galaxy Tab – which runs Android 2.2 – also has a seven-inch screen.
This is also not the first time this rumor has been floated. The Chinese-language Apple Daily and analysts at JP Morgan reported Google is working closely with Motorola on Android 3.0, then Google would turn its attention to LG for Android 3.5.