Things are moving rapidly in the Android world, 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. A report in DigiTimes says that in February or March, the tablet-centric Android 3.0 or Honeycombs will be launched.
Dual-core processors are one of the next waves of hardware improvements to hit the mobile platform. While several manufacturers have dual-core processors under development, NVIDIA and its Tegra 2 processor may be the first to dual-core hardware to land in consumer devices
It says that that NVIDIA has received many orders for their dual-core Tegra 2 processor from companies like Asus, Acer, Toshiba, LG, and HTC and that Honeycomb tablets should arrive by February-March. According to a report, it seems that Google and NVIDIA have shaken hands on a deal that makes the Tegra 2 the lead platform for Android tablets running Honeycomb.
LG recently confirmed that it will use the Tegra 2 processor in its upcoming line of high-end Optimus devices which include both Smartphones and at least one tablet device. One of LG’s first dual-core smartphones, the LG Star, was spotted and partially detailed earlier this week. DigiTimes hints that NVIDIA’s dual-core processor may also land in LG’s Optimus-branded slate device, the Optimus Pad.
Motorola is also rumored to be jumping on the Tegra 2 bandwagon with an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet that will debut in February to March 2011. While the details regarding the Motorola tablet and LG smartphone may be based upon rumors and speculation, the information about the Tegra 2 is spot on. The Tegra 2 is ready to rock and roll and its dual-core processing power will find its way to devices soon
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.
So many players. So many possible combinations. Still, the winner in all of this is the cell phone user who gets faster speeds, larger storage and more exciting features. It will probably be best to keep an eye on Android over the next few weeks as things start to take shape. We could see an Android 3.0 tablet running a Tegra 2 processor as soon as February.