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HTC leaks Flyer Honeycomb upgrade

A leaked upgrade for the HTC Flyer which takes it from Android 2.3 'Gingerbread' to the more tablet-friendly Android 3.2 'Honeycomb' has been made available for public use, if you don't mind a little bit of risk.

It's been a good week for Android tablet owners: Dell has announced that its Streak 7 device will be getting an update to Honeycomb soon, while the leaked HTC Flyer ROM suggests that an official release is just around the corner.

Honeycomb is proving itself a must-have in an Android tablet. Unlike previous versions of the mobile platform, Honeycomb is designed from the ground up for tablet use and includes features not seen in its smartphone-oriented brother, including a clever 3D interface and access to the Renderscript language.

Most high-end Android tablets launched today feature Honeycomb as standard, but that leaves those with cheaper or older devices stuck on Honeycomb. The Flyer isn't particularly cheap, and it's not that old, but it's still a pleasant surprise to see HTC readying an official update for the device.

For those who can't wait, Paul O'Brien over at MoDaCo has got his hands on the leaked ROM in order to write a step-by-step guide to installing it on European-spec Flyers. It's a process with pitfalls - O'Brien warns that "anything you do from this point forward is at your own risk [...] you could brick your tablet" - but posts screenshots from his own device that shows it happily running Android Honeycomb 3.2.

For those not eager to risk their expensive proddable PC, the apparently finished state of the ROM indicates that an officially supported update is due shortly - although HTC has yet to respond to our query as to an official release schedule.