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Rumour: Google Delaying Honeycomb, Causes iPad 2 Rivals To Postpone Products?

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.