Toshiba Dismisses Gingerbread for its Tablet. Say it will Wait for Honeycomb (Android OS 3.0)

Android tablets is a product category that I’m fascinated by but have chosen to pass by so far. The Samsung Galaxy Tab, various Archos tablets, and a bunch of tablets by vendor with names I’ve never heard of are all interesting. But, none have appealed enough to me to convince me to buy one. Several of the “name” hardware vendors have a major problem with the current Android OS. Motorola, which in my opinion revitalized the Android market when it introduced its Droid in late 2009, is waiting for Android OS 3.0 before it releases its tablet. Toshiba feels the same way. Engadget says Toshiba is showing non-working models of its Android tablet. This tablets will be released when Android OS 3.0 is avaiable.

Toshiba announces unnamed Tegra 2-powered Android tablet, waits only for Honeycomb

I don’t understand why these “name” manufacturers do not like the current Android OS 2.x platform. 2.x looked good during my brief time playing with a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a rooted Nook Color. What makes Honeycomb (Android OS 3.0) so tablet-special? With Android OS 2.3 (Gingerbread) only recently released, we may have a long wait to find out.