This week we learned that Android 2.3 should be available in the next few weeks and now it looks like Honeycomb (Android 3.0) could be ready to go as early as February. In a report from Digitimes, sources from the PC industry have indicated that NVIDIA has received many orders for their dual-core Tegra 2 processor from companies like Asus, Acer, Toshiba, Motorola, LG, and HTC and that Honeycomb tablets should arrive by February-March.
As we reported yesterday, it appears that NVIDIA has scored a deal with Google to make Tegra 2 the lead platform for tablets running Android 3.0. We were already expecting to see some of these tablets in early January at CES, but this is the first time that a real launch date has been floated around.
If you are wondering how Google could release Honeycomb so quickly after Gingerbread, that is because their Android engineers have been split into two different teams – one to work on Gingerbread for existing platforms and one to work on Honeycomb for tablets.
In addition to the companies listed above, we have also heard rumors that Dell, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson are also working on Tegra 2 tablets.
We don’t have the exact statistics, but I think Tegra processors are only found in less than 1% of Android devices so this would be a huge win for NVIDIA if all these rumored tablets actually happen. If NVIDIA becomes a major player in tablets, it should help their smartphone efforts as well.
What do you think about the timing of Honeycomb? Are you getting excited about Android tablets yet or do you need to see the goods first?