Some of the first reports of Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) tablets due in Q1 2011 are issuing from Taiwan (before Android 2.2 tablets barely get off the ground).
Motorola is expected to offer a Gingerbread tablet bearing the Google and Motorola names that will be distributed through Verizon stores, said Digitimes. The tablet should be available early next year.
The Gingerbread operating system was developed specifically for tablet-style PCs and it requires only a 1GHz processor (while Android 2.2 is optimized for smaller devices). Gingerbread is expected to be released later this year.
Acer is also expected to supply a Gingerbread tablet in Q1 2011, instead of an earlier planned Android tablet. However, the company will still deliver a Windows 7 tablet later this year, said Digitimes.
In addition, Acer is still expected to launch this year two eReaders: a 6-inch model with black and white screen and a 7-inch color version, both to run on Linux, said Digitimes.