Motorola MotoPad to usher in Android 3.0 Honeycomb

November 15, 2010, 2:37 PM UTC

A Tweet from a trusted Android insider  sparks speculation that Motorola will be the launch platform for Google’s new tablet OS.

via Twitter

Motorola has long been rumored to be building a tablet based on Android 3.0 OS.  In August, Motorola (MOT) and Verizon (VZ) were linked to an Android tablet project aimed at bringing Verizon’s FiOS TV service to mobile users.  At the time, reports said the 10-inch tablet was due by the end of the year.  Perhaps there is more than one MotPad out there.

A tweet from Russian industry insider Eldar Murtazin says that the MotoPad will be a 7-inch device, the first one to run Android 3.0.

The MotoPad has been rumored for the better part of a year.  In May, Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said …

“I think that a companion 7- to 10-inch device in a home will become very important, [both] as an augmentation to your TV experience [and] also as a way of walking around the house and streaming TV to that device. I think we’re very focused in participating in this convergence that’s coming between mobility and home, and I think you will actually see some products from us in a very short period of time.”

Since Google’s (GOOG) Gingerbread OS,  due in the coming weeks, will precede Honeycomb, it would seem that tablet devices based on the Android 3.0 OS won’t be out until at least early 2011.