Straight from Taiwan comes news that Google will be sending out tablet engineering samples to selected partners loaded with Android OS 3.0 otherwise known as Gingerbread, the followup to popular Froyo.
According toDigitimes, brands such as Acer, Asus, MSI and others will be launching their tablet devices in January 2010 at CES in Las Vegas.
The report also mentions Samsung, HTC and Motorola with the most notable absentee being Sony Ericsson. Interestingly, it also points out that Andorid OS 4.0 (Ice Cream) might be released in the second half of 2011 with an interim Android OS 3.5, otherwise known as Honeycomb, likely to fill the gap in the first half of next year.
Manufacturers have been quick to adopt ARMDroid, the combination of ARM hardware and Android software, due to the fact that the combo is way cheaper than the equivalent Windows & Intel combination, up to $90 in some cases.
The rumour comes shortly after Steve Jobs criticised Google and Android for being too fragmented, pointed to the fact that Google itself doesn't want manufacturers to build Android tablets (at least with Froyo) and said that iPad rivals were alreadydead on arrival.