Android Honeycomb is version 2.4

Still keeping up with all these Android updates? Well, let us recap. The latest one is Android 2.3 Gingerbread, as used on the Samsung Google Nexus S smartphone. But it's not going to be the latest for long. In fact, it's going to be superceded by Android 2.4 Honeycomb in February, if rumours are to be believed.

Those rumours come from Android and Me, which claims that Honeycomb is not Android 3.0 as claimed, but a lesser 2.4. Still keeping up? A third party developer apparently broke the story to the site, so you can speculate it's likely to be fact. It's also not far off launching, if the story proves to be true.

We have seen Honeycomb in action already, courtesy of the Motorola tablet, which was shown off by Google's Andy Rubin at a recent presentation. Indeed, the new operating system is geared towards tablets, with a number of Honeycomb-running tablets expected to be shown off at the forthcoming CES trade show in Las Vegas. However, that's not the place where you'll see the launch of Honeycomb itself - that's being kept back for February's Mobile World Congress show, claims the same source.

So what about Google 3.0? Well, it seems like Google has something special lined up for that, with a speculated launch of May 2010 and a name of either Ice Cream and Jelly Bean. Yes, really. But that's in the future, the next big Android date for your diary is February - when we might see official launches of some Android-powered tablets that can genuinely give the iPad 2 a run for its money.

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