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Old 20-Oct-2010
Tablets sporting Google Android 3.0 Gingerbread to arrive...

Tablets sporting Google Android 3.0 Gingerbread to arrive in January?

Apple might not have shipped quite as many iPads this quarter as some analysts had expected, but with over 4 million units shipped, the product launch was clearly a success. Itís not really clear yet whether this proves that world is ready for more tabletsÖ or just that an Apple tablet has proved to be a very popular device. But that hasnít stopped dozens of other companies for launching or preparing to launch competing devices.

Google Android has been the operating system of choice for companies building iPad alternatives. That makes sense since the operating system is cheap and open source, which means Google canít really do much to keep you from installing it on any device you like ó although the company has been pretty reluctant to grant access to the Android Market, Gmail app, and other tools that arenít open source, saying that Android 2.x simply isnít ready for tabletsÖ but that future versions of Android would be.

Now the folks at DigiTimes are reporting that Google expects to ship Android 3.0 Gingerbread to partners for testing soonÖ and that engineering samples of Android 3.0 tablets could arrive in December, with companies expected to introduce Android tablets at CES in January. We expect to see Android tablets from Acer, Asus, MSI, and others, as well as an updated version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Of course, thatís hardly surprising, since Asus, MSI and others actually showcased Android tablets at CES in January, 2010. Itís just that few of those tablets ever made it to market, although we are starting to see a number of devices from Chinese vendors as well as companies including Samsung, Dell, and Archos.

Still, Iíve learned to take most things DigiTimes reports with a grain of salt, since the site tends to be light on details and attribution for rumors like this.

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