Google Nexus Tablet with Android 3.x to be made by LG. Android 2.x tablets won’t upgrade to 3.0?
2011 was supposed to be the year when Google will finally tweak it’s Android up to par to be able compete with iOS. And it might still happen, just not right now.
Unfortunately, just like with all first major Android releases (1.0, 2.0), 3.0 Honeycomb turned out to be much less then a finished market ready product. As is the first tablet running it – Motorola Xoom. Most of the other Honeycomb tablets are still months away from shipping, and those who will make it into the market in the next few weeks doesn’t seem to have much better chance then Xoom.
So, when can we expect to see the first true Android tablet, with mature OS and made the way Google envisioned it? I have been musing in my chats with colleagues for a while now, that it will happen when Google launches Nexus Tab – it’s own Google branded tablet. Just like they did it with the Nexus One, which prompted other Android HW vendors to up their smartphone game. Now, it seems, we have a confirmation that Google Nexus Tab (or whatever Google decides to call it) is coming.
According to Mobile-Review’s Eldar Murtazin, Google is indeed working on it’s own branded tablet, which is scheduled for release sometime in mid-summer or early fall. Upon release, this device will get the latest Android 3.x version of OS, which will become available to partners only after Google’s tablet is out. This time the hardware partner making the tablet for Google, is LG.
(The above picture is LG G-Slate for T-mobile)
There was also one more interesting quip about Android 3.0 in Eldar’s article. According to him, if a hardware partner releases the tablet on Android 2.x version of OS, as per licensing agreement for Android 3.0, they are not allowed to update Android 2.x tablets to 3.0 version.
If that is true, current Samsung Galaxy Tab users are really out of luck here. And potential buyers of HTC Flyer, if and when it is released with Android 2.4 as demoed at MWC, should wait a few months until HTC comes out with Android 3.0 of their tablet.