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Android 3.0 is Still Honeycomb and won’t be out Until March?

Famed tech rumor starter DigiTimes is reporting that Honeycomb, which is the version of Android built with some specific tablet features, won’t be released by Google until March of next year.  No sources or mentions of sources are given, and it almost looks like a line just dropped on a rumor they would love to see come true.  They also mentioned in the same report, that the version number will still be 3.0 and not 2.4 which had become the new favorite in the numbering scheme…

On the other hand, MSI is set to display its 10-inch Wintel-based tablet PC as well as engineering samples of its ARM-based Google Android model. MSI is also prepared to sell an Nvidia Tegra 2-based model in April or May after Google releases Android 3.0 in March.

So what do you guys think?  If this is the case, we won’t see Honeycomb tablets until March, rather than February which I believe is what most of us were hoping for.  I know that January will fly by after all of the announcements of everything at CES, but it’s going to be hard for us to stop the drooling for 3 months while they prepare those same products for store shelves.

Via:  DigiTimes, BGR

  • http://jeff-mastry.myopenid.com/ Jeff

    So, someone educate me here. If Samsung decides not to upgrade the Galaxy Tab to Honeycomb, can someone else do it? I'm not sure how this custom ROM thing works, so just askin….

    • http://jeff-mastry.myopenid.com/ Jeff

      I did some quick research and looks like it's possible assuming that Samsung releases the code for the Galaxy Tab drivers.

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  • evltwn

    I'd be surprised to see the Moto Tablet hit store shelves in March. April or May would be my guess. imho

    • ckeegan

      I don't think that April/May would qualify as “early next year”, as Jha (from Moto) said recently about the release of their tablet.

      • evltwn

        Riiiiggghhtttt, just like he said Motorola was going to be releasing a 2ghz phone by the end of the year. Well, 2011 is almost upon us and where is the phone Mr Jha? Don't get me wrong, I can't wait for this tablet to come out. It just seems a little soon after gingerbread is being rolled out that honeycomb would be released. 2.0.1 was released last December and we didn't get 2.1 until late March early April. Gingerbread hasn't even been pushed out yet. I'm just saying I'd be happily surprised if it hit by March.

        • ckeegan

          It's been been public knowledge for quite a while that Honeycomb was being developed in parallel with Gingerbread. It is expected to be released for tablets before it is released for smartphones. We've seen Andy Rubin using the Moto tablet, we've seen in the wild pictures of a Verizon branded version, official announcement is 2 weeks away, and somehow in your mind we're looking at 4+ months until launch? Doubtful.

          • evltwn

            Well I hope I'm wrong. We'll just have to wait and see.

  • r0landct

    What's another 2 months for devices that are non-essential for most of the people who buy them. As long as the keep the phones on track things will be good.

  • Dptku

    fail

  • ckeegan

    I'm still hoping for an early-March Moto tablet launch, AT THE LATEST. Idiotic to create all this buzz leading up to CES, probably knock people's socks off at CES, and then make people wait 2+ months for release. They'd be smart to announce at CES, offer pre-order no more than a week later, and ship within 30 days after that. Otherwise, the excitement will wear off slightly, and those on the fence may choose to wait another month for what should be the iPad2 launch.

  • http://twitter.com/BlackTaxi2d Henry Sura

    i thought google had said that they were going to cool down with the baking of Android updates and make them about 6 months apart from each other ? at this pace, literally no company that has a proprietary UI is going to invest money in groups just to push out updates, which sucks. i still don't get the purpose of these UIs, when third party software can do all the stuff necessary. not 1 company's overlay has a benefit over third party apps. not 1.

    kind of like motorola saying that blur has been a success. haha are you kidding ? you force it on people, so how can you determine “success” ?

  • http://twitter.com/dren_martin Josh Martin

    …meh…when it comes, it will come.

  • Michael_NM

    Waiting for Honeycomb in one hand and Gingerbread in the other… What a tangled life we Droid Lifers live. :-)