Nov 15 AT 12:40 PM Taylor Wimberly 13 Comments

Verizon MOTOPAD first to launch with Honeycomb (Android 3.0)?

Several months ago we reported that Motorola and Verizon had scored an exclusive on an upcoming version of Android, which we believed to be Gingerbread. It turns out that information was off, but I believe the mix-up came from my trusted source who was referring to Gingerbread as Android 3.0.

We now know that Gingerbread is Android 2.3 and likely to debut on the Nexus S, but it still appears that Motorola and Verizon have an exclusive on Android 3.0 or Honeycomb.

After Google’s engineers finished Android 2.2 (FroYo) they were split into two different teams – one to work on Gingerbread for existing platforms and one to work on Honeycomb for tablets. Every Honeycomb tablet that I know of is rumored to use NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor, so it appears that it is the lead platform for Android 3.0 just like Texas Instrument’s OMAP3 was the lead platform for Android 2.0.

Motorola has been working on their Android tablet for over a year now and new information suggest a 7-inch version will be the first device with Android 3.0. The new details come from Mobile-Review which is run by Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin who is a reliable source (and the same guy that confirmed the Samsung dual-core phone).

Mobile-Review claims the tablet will be called the MOTOPAD, but not many details are provided beyond that. We have heard several internal codenames for the device ranging from Everest to Stingray, so there is no telling what it might actually be called by the time it goes on sale.

We expect Motorola to announce their Android tablet in a couple months at CES in Las Vegas. They have a big press event scheduled for Wednesday, January 5th, and I think we could also see their Olympus phone (aka Terminator).

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  • http://Website a_macca

    Just to correct, eclair was 2.1 not 2.2, (froyo)

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah even I mess up when I type fast. Thanks for correcting me.

  • http://Website Steffen

    “After Google’s engineers finished Android 2.2 (Eclair) they were split into two different teams — one to work on Gingerbread for existing platforms and one to work on Honeycomb for tablets.”

    I seem to be reading this on this site very often now a days. Do you mean to say that phones will not be recieving Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)? If so, what direction do you think the smartphone platform will go after 2.3? It seems to me that Android will always be a smartphone platform first and a tablet platform second, I don’t see why Google would split the platform in two.

    • http://Website N1_user

      I don’t know how they will implement it, but I’m sure there will be 2 “versions” of Honeycomb, similar to iOS covering both the iPhone and the iPad. Or it may be dynamic enough to work simultaneously on phones and tablets with out much differentiation between “versions”

      • http://Website Gee

        Honeycomb is probably just Gingerbread with extra tablet functionality.

        • http://Website Lactose_The_Intolerant

          insert song: “Honeycomb’s big… yeah, yeah yeah…. It’s not small…. no, no, no.”

    • PhineasJW

      Personally, I find it extremely unlikely that Google will deliberately fragment Honeycomb into tablet/non-tablet. Google doesn’t need to be introducing any deliberate fragmentation, when that’s already a concern to begin with.

      You spend the time up front to make the app creation process seamless for developers, and you keep one version of Android. That only makes sense, and surely Google must see that.

      BTW, Honeycomb should be the killer Android we’ve all been waiting for, with all the WebOS (Matias Duarte) influence and makeover.

  • http://Website jwd45244

    Eldar Murtazin who is a reliable source? You have got to be kidding. He has admitted to making crap up before. Why would would trust anything this guys says? So he got the Samsung dual-core thing right. A broken clock is right twice per day. I call: ‘Shenanigans!”

    • Taylor Wimberly

      No one blogger is ever 100% correct because of the way companies change their plans and cancel products all the time. However, it appears that Eldar is pretty accurate with most of his big calls and he has a lot of good inside sources.

      • http://Website jwd45244

        Taylor, you missed my point entirely. Eldar has admitted to making crap up so that people will flock to his blog. Why should I bother listening to a liar?

    • http://Website Hans

      I agree, jwd. I think it’s unprofessional to trust someone who has previously admitted to making up information.

  • http://Website Teresa

    When I went to get the tab my rep told me they were getting a moto droid branded tab shortly after the new year. Maybe this is it?

  • http://Website Machika Kara Kuro

    does anyone but my self find this kinda over the top. 2.3 has not even be publicly released by google and we are talking about a 3.0 tablet…… lets stay in the moment people. We might as well chat about iphone 5.

    fyi i am a android user so dont think i am a steven job’s zombie