Some rather worrying news has emerged from Russia over the last 24 hours suggesting that Google may be looking to postpone the rollout of tablets based on the Honeycomb operating system, otherwise known as Android 3.1.
The source is none other than Mobile-review.com's editor, Eldar Murtazin (opens in new tab), who is well clued up when it comes to all things mobile. He writes on his blog that tablets with Android 3.1 that have yet to be launched won't make it into Europe until August 2011.
Now given that the Motorola XOOM and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablets already received the update a couple of weeks ago, it would be surprising if Google decides all of a sudden to withdraw the upgrade and literally shoot itself in the foot.
The other odd thing about Murtazin's rumour is that it only mentions Europe and not the US (and other territories). Is the apparent sudden change of heart linked to something that happened here? A lawsuit maybe?
At this point we can only speculate; our contacts haven't informed us of any delays to the delivery of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9, the two tablets named in the Mobile-review article.
Should the rumour be true however, it will be a fantastic opportunity for other non-Android, non-iOS tablets like the HP TouchPad and the RIM Playbook, to grab some marketshare.