There are a lot of Android users playing around and getting used to recently released Android 2.2 (Froyo) for a couple weeks now. Most of us are now patiently waiting for an official announcement of Google’s next OS codenamed “Gingerbread” which is rumored to release this year. Now jump ahead to Gingerbread’s rumored successor OS and what we are hearing from DigiTimes suggesting that Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” is actually almost complete and could hit prototype devices for testing in December! This is huge news all across the board considering how quickly the timeline has been moving lately compared to the release of Android 2.2 which is still trickling out, not to mention rumored Android 4.0 “Ice Cream” only seems closer and closer to development now. Check out the story below and be sure to drop us a comment. What version of Android software are you running now, and which of the rumored OS’ are you looking most forward to?
Google has been pretty mum, at least in public, about its plans for Honeycomb, which isn’t much of a surprise since Gingerbread hasn’t even been announced. However, DigiTimes has gotten word that Google has recently reached out to its hardware partners to let them know that development on Honeycomb “will soon be completed” and that they can expect engineering prototypes sometime in December. Expect an updated Galaxy Tab from Samsung, as well as tablet offerings from Motorola, HTC, and traditional notebook manufacturers like Acer once CES rolls around in January of next year.
In addition, the site said we can expect Android 4.0 (Ice Cream?) during the middle of 2011, but did not offer any details on the OS. They went on to explain some of the benefits of using Android as a tablet OS over Windows: namely, that licensing for Android is just $10 compared to up to $60 for Windows. In addition, the ARM processors used by Android are much cheaper than the Intel ones required by Windows. So, in short, expect to see tons of Android tablets come January. But that’s hardly a surprise, right? [DigiTimes]
Courtesy of AndroidCentral
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