Motorola’s MOTOPAD Tablet Powered by Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’


Google and Motorola will partner up to usher Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ into the world on Motorola’s coming MOTOPAD tablet. This is according to a Tweet from the website Mobile-Review, which said “Google choose MotoPad as a first device to show Android 3.0 – 7 inch version.” What exactly will the MotoPad be and what does the mysterious “7 inch version” part mean?

Nothing certain is known about the MotoPad, except that it will apparently have a 7” screen to start with and may be made in other sizes (10” anyone?). Motorola has said this year that they might build an Android powered tablet for sale in early 2011. Will this be the MotoPad? That would make sense.

Google’s decision (albeit still confirmed) to go with Motorola to launch Android 3.0 Honeycomb isn’t a surprise. The two teamed up to launch Android 2.0 on the Motorola Droid last year. Motorola has been practically saved by Google’s Android OS and wants its strong relationship with the mobile OS maker to flourish.

Of course, Android 2.3 ‘Gingerbread’ still has not seen the light of day. Google is teasing everyone with pictures of baked Android looking gingerbread men, a giant gingerbread man on the company’s lawn and more but still hasn’t released it officially. Gingerbread will bring some improvements for tablets that rely on Android, but will be more of a temporary stop-gap solution until Honeycomb comes out.

Google also has its Chrome OS in the works, which is optimized for mobile devices. No products have yet launched that run it and it is unclear what Google exactly plans to do with it now that Android has exploded onto the tablet scene as well as the smartphone one.

Between Android 2.3, 3.0 and Chrome OS, manufacturers and carriers will have a lot of technical details to work out. Google teaming up with Motorola (provided this information is true) on the MotoPad will certainly help make sure everything runs smoothly. Nothing would be worse for Android than the first tablet to run Honeycomb having incompatibility problems or general bugs and glitches.

Are Google and Motorola teaming up to bring us the first Honeycomb powered tablet?

Think the Galaxy S Tab will be a success with Éclair?

Will Google merge Android and Chrome OS to create Honeycomb?

Let me know what you think.

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