Google expected to launch Honeycomb on Wednesday

The buzz is getting louder. Image: Google.

Internet giant Google has provided the strongest indicator yet that version 3.0 (a.k.a. Honeycomb) of its increasingly popular open-source Android operating system will be released on February 2.

The latest edition of Android, which has previously found market traction via smartphone devices, will be the first updated iteration optimised specifically to run on tablet computers.

News of the launch broke on Friday when tech journalists from outlets such as PC Magazine began receiving invitations sporting Google’s new ‘Honeycomb’ logo (seen above).

The Tech Herald is still waiting for its official invite—cough.

In a clear precursor to Honeycomb’s upcoming arrival, Google provided software developers with access to the newest version of the Android SDK on Wednesday of last week.

The development kit offers up an enhanced UI framework and improved visuals (both 2D and 3D), along with support for multi-core processing architecture, wider connectivity, and optimised applications.

Some of the soon-to-be-launched tablet platforms expected to carry Android version 3.0 include Motorola’s impressive Xoom and LG’s potentially 3D-touting G-Slate.

Google has not yet said whether the operating system will succeed Android version 2.3 (Gingerbread) in smartphone handsets.

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