Google announced to its partnering manufacturers that the Android 3.0 OS (aka Android “Gingerbread release) is just about finished and Android 3.0 tablets will be hitting the market by December. Google has previously stated that the current version of Android (Android 2.2) is not compatible for tablet devices, even though tablet manufacturers are rushing forward with releases. The new Android 3.0, or the Android “Gingerbread” release, is designed for tablet compatibility.
Notebook brands such as Acer, Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International are all expected to launch their tablet PCs in January, 2010 at CES, while Samsung is also expected to showcase its Android 3.0-updated Galaxy Tab with High Tech Computer (HTC) and Motorola also displaying their models.
Google is already looking beyond Android 3.0 and it expected to release Android 4.0 in the second half of 2011.
The purpose of the Android OS updates is to continually increase their market share in the tablet arena, and hopefully get to a point where they are competing with Apple’s iPad.