Google Android OS 3.5 To be Called Honeycomb

Samsung pulled out the name of the iteration of Android OS that is likely to dominate 2011 during a presentation by its mobile communications president at IFA 2010 in Germany.

J.K. Shin said that larger tablets will use Honeycomb, otherwise known as Android OS 3.5. The Korean company is planning to launch a number of them next year - including 10-inch models - and Gingerbread or Froyo might not be good enough by then.

Not much is known about Android OS 3.5, which is schedule to launch in the first half of 2011, other than the fact it will be tablet friendly.

The fact that there is such a big jump between Gingerbread and Honeycomb could well mean that the latter will be a major update, possibly the biggest yet, on the Android platform.

Samsung has also confirmed that there will be an update for the Galaxy Tab that will bring Gingerbread but did not say when it will be rolled out.