It seems like Google's Android OS is in a perpetual state of flux. Following the very recent announcement of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with it only appearing (officially) on the Nexus S and yet to make its way to other existing Android devices, rumors for the highly anticipated next version, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, have started to surface.
DigiTimes is reporting that we can expect Google to release its next iteration of Android by March of next year, with it being preceded by a potentially massive invasion of tablet devices at CES in January from the likes of Taiwanese heavyweights Asus, MSI, and Elitegroup Computer System (ECS). With these companies' Android offerings likely to ship with Honeycomb starting in March, it will be interesting to see whether they will be running the software on the show floor or if demo units will be relegated to Gingerbread. The report also portrayed how each of these companies are tackling the tablet market from several angles, planning to offer a large range of devices in terms of size, operating system, and hardware specifications. Of course we also know that major players like Motorola are also working on tablet devices that will likely run Honeycomb.
What makes Android 3.0 Honeycomb a significant release is talk of how it will be tailored for larger devices such as tablets and MIDs in addition to smartphones. With Android already being an extremely popular option for tablet manufacturers worldwide, it seems that the tablet-specific steps forward provided by Honeycomb will contribute to the tablet market getting even more crowded than it already is![DigiTimes via BGR]