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Android 3.0 tablets will be ready by December

Android 3.0 tablets will be ready by December

Tablets running Google’s upcoming Android 3.0 ‘Gingerbread’ will be ready this December and hit retail shelves in early 2011.

According to DigiTimes, major brands such as Acer, MSI, Asus, HTC and Motorola will be officially unveiling their Android 3.0-toting tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 in January in Las Vegas, while Samsung will showcase the Galaxy Tab, currently slated for a UK release later this year, updated to the latest firmware.

The tablets were reportedly due to arrive this year but were pushed back due to extended testing and development of Gingerbread. Only last month Google itself admitted that Android was not yet ready to be implemented in tablets.

Features of Gingerbread were recently leaked in a series of snapshots, which showed a graphical overhaul to the user interface and the possible addition of a built-in video chat feature similar to Apple’s FaceTime.

Google is already working on the next major iteration of its software, ‘Honeycomb’, with rumours of a subsequent update dubbed ‘Ice Cream’ also in the pipeline.

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