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.
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).