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Google Gears Up To Launch Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Rumours are circulating that Google is soon to officially release its Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS.

According to the Inquirer, an event launching the new version of the operating system is to take place at 9pm Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Wednesday 2 February. The event is to be streamed live via Android’s YouTube channel.

The company has also released a short preview video showing off some the apps and widgets made especially for the system, and giving a sneak peek of the web browser and ereader functions.

Unlike other iterations of Android, Version 3.0 of the operating system is optimised for tablet devices, rather than smartphones. It is expected to be Google’s answer to the dominant Apple iPad version of iOS, which currently leads the tablet market.

A number tablets have already been released running Android 2.2 Froyo, although many are expected to upgrade to Honeycomb when it goes live.

The software has only been seen thus far on the Motorola Xoom, which was previewed at CES earlier this month.

The video of Honeycomb can be seen here.