Speaking to Tech Radar during a Q&A, Samsung's WP Hong revealed that, though the Galaxy Tab will be upgrading from Froyo (Android 2.1) to Gingerbread (Android 3.0) at some stage, the tablet will not be seeing any Honeycomb action.
"The next platform we'll be using [on the Galaxy Tab] will be Gingerbread. Depending on our international partners, we'll be working to upgrade from Froyo to Gingerbread."
"Moving forward, with Honeycomb, that will be used in the next generation tablet, as it [Honeycomb] is specifically optimised for different type of tablet, and will be used on another product only."
Now, we hear you when you ask, "What the heck is Honeycomb?" Because we don't have a clue either. This is the first time its ever been mentioned but our curiosity is well and truly piqued. What kind of tablet is Honeycomb optimized for? Will there be hardware specification restrictions in place (similar to Windows Phone 7)?
We've heard Gingerbread will see a mid-October release and the first handsets will ship in time for the holidays. We've also heard that it's recommended specs are 1GHZ CPU, 512MB or RAM, and a display measuring 3.5-inches or bigger. Gingerbread will also bring a completely revamped user interface, which makes us wonder what they're planning on changing with Honeycomb. Will any smartphones see Honeycomb? So many questions!
Google has not commented on Wong's slip of the tongue yet. We'll update if they release a statement.