In addition to all of the recent Gingerbread details leak, here breaks some more information regarding the status of future Android build versions. The report comes from DigiTimes who claims that Google is putting together a rough timeline for its Android tablet-building partners and that engineer samples of Android 3.0 tablets will be ready for those partners by December. DigiTimes goes on to say:
These are only rumors, so remember to always keep a tablespoon of salt ready. The proposed timeline suggests that Google will be releasing Android 4.0 in the second half of 2011, which matches the recent rumors of the supposed "Ice Cream" update. One thing that doesn't quite match up is how these unreleased tablets are going to have Android 3.0 before our beloved handsets get updated to Gingerbread (an Android 2.x release). My point is, however exciting this all may be, these dates will likely get pushed back, as most rumors do.
DigiTimes also claims that due to the cheaper licensing for Android, manufacturers will start turning shifting their weight towards Android versus Windows, and that with increasingly slick versions of Android rapidly making headway, consumers will eventually make the same turn. If this is the case, we will see a sweeping of the market by all of those tiny little robots. Only time and the actual updates, not rumors of mystery updates, will tell.