Jun 22 AT 11:06 AM Alberto Vildosola 8 Comments

Amazon tablets could arrive in August, with TI chip in tow

Rumors about an Amazon tablet have been floating around for almost a year now. But ever since we blew the lid off the whole thing back in May, it’s been one piece of new information after another. Immediately following our report, a rumor came out saying Amazon’s tablets were codenamed “Coyote” and “Hollywood” and would be powered by Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors respectively. But not so fast.

Digitimes is now reporting Amazon will use Texas Instruments chips inside these tablets. Coincidentally, that’s exactly what Taylor said in his article back in May:

However, going back to my gut feeling I think Texas Instruments could be the big winner here. There OMAP3 powered the Nook Color and their new dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4 will be ready in the second half of 2011.Taylor WimberlyAndroid and Me

Whether Amazon uses Tegra 3 or OMAP4, the tablets are coming between August and September according to Digitimes. That’s only a couple of months away. Unless Google releases Ice Cream Sandwich before then, my guess is these tablets will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sadly, the web giant won’t be able to use Honeycomb, since Google isn’t going to open source it.

Amazon could always update the tablets to Android 4.0 once Google releases it, but there’s just something about a tablet running Gingerbread that makes my skin crawl. What do you guys think? Does a tablet with Gingerbread put you off? What about Tegra 3 vs OMAP4? Which would you rather have on a tablet? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Digitimes

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website Bob

    I had been looking forward to these, but no honeycomb is a deal breaker. I’m not buying a tablet without getting a true tablet experience.

  • Rubrewskey

    I would never buy or recommend a tablet running gingerbread. Gingerbread is a phone OS.

  • http://www.kablowie.com Greg

    Definitely not if they’re running Gingerbread. Honeycomb, Sandwich, or no sale.

    As for the processor, I might wait for a head-to-head between a OMAP4 tab and a Tegra3 tab, and see how the tow really stack up before I start making judgments.

  • http://Website CTown

    Can Honeycomb work with TI’s chips. It wouldn’t work with Qualcomm’s chips till 3.2, correct?

  • http://Website the rural juror

    looks like ass

  • http://Website mercado79

    What makes you think they HAVE to be running Gingerbread. The fact that Google did not open source the code doesn’t mean legitimate vendors can’t get their hands on the code. Google did this so that no-name vendors and the devs on XDA didn’t put Honeycomb on shoddy hardware (or at least hardware that Google didn’t approve of). I don’t think that Amazon or their manufacturing partners fall into that category.

    Or am I missing something here?

  • http://nickedynick.blogspot.com Nickedynick

    “There OMAP3…” – please at least spell check the massive quotes of yourselves before clicking publish.

  • http://Website Jay Marshal

    If it’s running 2.3 then it’s not a tablet. period.