LG Optimus Pad outed

We suspect the development of the Android operating system will continue at some pace into 2011, not least because the LG Optimus Pad has been accidentally confirmed, promising Android Honeycomb on board at launch.

Now it's easy to get mixed up with all these names, but Honeycomb is actually the follow-up to Gingerbread (3.0), which still hasn't officially appeared on smartphones. If LG is using Honeycomb (Android 3.5) for a device now, it does indicate Gingerbread is pretty much imminent.

Anyway, enough of that, what of this device? Well, according to Engadget, the LG Optimus Pad is set to be LG's entry into the tablet world. It has ditched plans for an Android 2.2 device, claiming the platform isn't suitable. However, a 'senior official' has since announced that its forthcoming device will use a 'tablet PC-version' of the Honeycomb operating system to run an 8.9-inch tablet, complete with a dual-core Tegra 2 chip for its inner workings.

Indeed, that same official even went as far as telling the world that it will land in the first quarter of 2011. That's not long off. But there is a note of caution - LG's PR department is refusing to back up the details, even deleting tweets about it from the company. From that, we can assume there's a lot of truth within, but LG would rather make a big official splash with the story, rather thna have details trickle out. Or possibly, that it's not exactly factual.

More on this when it comes in.

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