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LG's decision to delay its Android tablet in order to bypass Android 2.2 'Froyo' - said by the company to be unsuitable for tablets - may see it skip a further release and adopt 'Honeycomb' instead of 'Gingerbread'.

So claims a company mole cited by Reuters. Google, of course, hasn't publicly announced Honeycomb.

Gingerbread is expected to debut as Android 3.0 and will add a raft of tablet-friendly features absent from Froyo. Samsung chose to stick with 2.2 for its Galaxy Tab tablet, but other vendors have chosen to wait, presumably for Gingerbread.

LG formally announced last month that it was putting back the release of its tablet. At the time, it was assumed that it would go with Gingerbread.

Reuters' source suggests the Honeycomb-based tablet will be out early in 2011. Separately, Asus has said its Android-based Eee Pad tablet won't now be out until April - a sign, we wonder, that it too is skipping the initial Gingerbread release for Honeycomb, which could be released as Android 3.1 or 3.2.

With Gingerbread not expected to be released until December, Honeycomb sureley won't debut for a month or two after that. Unless, of course, Google is planning to fork Android into parallel smartphone- and tablet-centric releases, if only in the short term. ®

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