Word on the digital grapevine is that Android Gingerbread could be out of hiding before the end of the week, and is headed to developer versions of the Nexus One. A tweet from Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez from the Open Handset Alliance said (roughly translated): “Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days:-D”

But this tweet doesn’t just tell us about the imminent arrival of Gingerbread, it also tells us that Gingerbread will not be Android 3.0, but will in fact be Android 2.3. Gingerbread was rumoured to be the tablet version of Android, but if Gingerbread is Android 2.3 rather than 3.0, added to the fact that it will be arriving on Nexus One developer versions this week, then it’s highly unlikely that Gingerbread is Android for tablets.

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Android for tablets is now expected to be Honeycomb, which will be arriving in the first quarter of next year.

What do you think about this development? Excited or disappointed? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!

[via The Android Phone, TechCrunch]

  • http://twitter.com/utrt Graeme Simpson

    If this pushes the release date back of a certain tablet i'll be well peeved :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MKMUSMZAH2SP6DOIH7AKN45FC4 Paresh K

      I'd rather wait for the right version of Android to come out for tablets before I buy one. Some of the Android 2.1 & 2.2 tablets prematurely released offer pretty ghastly performance. Think about how peeved you might be investing in a mediocre tablet now only for Google to release Honeycombe a few weeks later and to realise your tablet isnt compliant for the upgrade? Its iPad or bust at the moment.

  • Colinjones71

    What a ridiculous assertion! Nothing above suggests anything whatsoever about compatibility with tablets. You are guessing from how much the version number increased?! Info: the only thing that needs to change is a new set of screen resolutions and pixel densities be added to standard tables so that apps and the OS know how to interact when scaling what is being drawn on screen. Its trivial not the fundamental change people keep talking about. An existing table with existing resolutions and densities will have a couple of extra entries added! Apps will not have to be radically recoded, cats and dogs will nit be sleeping together! Just the apply will choose the new setting and be able to scale to use the whole screen properly (completely unlike the ugly cheat the ipad uses!)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533986688 Rick Townsley

    I thought Gingerbread was supposed to just be aesthetic tweaks to Froyo?
    The only time I've even heard about Gingerbread on a tablet was in the first look video on youtube for the Advent Vega, where they say it'll be released with Froyo and upgraded early next year to Gingerbread.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=533986688 Rick Townsley

    Also… Have google ever actually confirmed that there will be a version of android “for tablets”? Most phones are basically mini tablets. Once the resolutions are sorted I fail to see why a tablet would need a specially developed tablet version of android.

    • bensillis

      Well it's the difference between iPhone and iPad. Though the resoution is hardly any different, iPad apps have a lot more going on at any one time on a screen -because they can, it's so much bigger.

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