Android 3.0 rumours and latest updates

Android 3.0 details are here
Now that Android 2.3 features are official, information about its successor, Android 3.0 – Android Honeycomb – is starting to emerge.
Here’s what we know about Android 3.0 so far.
On 20 October, we reported that Android 3.0 tablets are rumoured to be heading out to engineers in time for Christmas. This has resulted in a huge range of tablets arriving at CES 2011, with UK release dates later in the year.

Android 3.0 release date
Android 3.0 release date is looking like early 2011.
UPDATE: In a video on All Things Digital posted on 7 December Google’s Andy Rubin showed off a prototype Motorola Android 3.0 tablet and confirmed that the Android 3.0 release date will be “some time next year”.
Android 3.0 features and specifications
As we reported earlier in July, a Russian podcast details how Android 3.0 will be restricted to high-end handsets (and tablets). The podcast explained that Android 3.0 phones will require at least a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 3.5-inch or larger displays.
UPDATE: A Korean electronics firm is claiming that Android 3.0 will actually require a dual-core processor to run.
According to the Google Mobile Blog, Android 3.0 has had a huge amount of user interface refinement, and is designed specifically for large-screen devices (so, tablets). Widgets have been made more interactive, and the Home screen has received a snazzy 3D makeover.
The browser in particular has received some major polish, with the addition of tabbed browsing, auto-fill, syncing with Google Chrome and private browsing all bringing it closer to the browsing features of a PC.
Google has detailed more of the new features in this video:

Android 3.0 phones
One of the first Android 3.0 phones could be the Samsung Galaxy S2 if another rumour is to be believed. The leaked details of the Galaxy S I9200 claim a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 1280×720.
On 27 October 2010, reports appeared that Google was planning to release an Android 3.0 powered Nexus Two with Carphone Warehouse, although we now know that the next Nexus – called the Nexus S and available through Carphone Warehouse and Best Buy – is running Android 2.3.
It’s also possible that the PSP Phone will be running Android 3.0.
Android 3.0 tablets
Acer has announced 7- and 10-inch Android tablets which are slated for release in April 2011. This means they’ll almost certainly be running Android 3.0.
Asus has announced a range of tablets at CES, including the 7-inch Eee Pad MeMO, which comes with a capacitive stylus for use with a dedicated note-taking app.
Pansonic has announced the Viera Tablet for use with the company’s connected TVs, though it’s unclear whether it will use Android 3.0 or an earlier version.
The Motorola Android 3.0 prototype that Andy Rubin showed off last year has surfaced as the Motorola Xoom, now confirmed to be sporting a dual-core processor 10.1-inch screen, front- and rear-facing cameras and HD video recording. We’ve been able to get some time with it at CES.
LG also got in on the Android 3.0 game at CES, launching the G-Slate in conjunction with T-Mobile.
We’ll bring you more Android 3.0 details as they emerge.

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