The big unknown, of course, has been what's next: Will Honeycomb make its way to smartphones? Or will Android devices be assigned to one of : the Froyo- and Gingerbread-filled phone fork and the tablets-only Honeycomb detour?
Thanks to some revelations made at this week's , we're finally getting some firm answers.
First, a quick primer on where things stand right now: Google's latest smartphone-focused release is , also known as Android 2.3. Google took the wraps off of Gingerbread in early December. Thus far, it's officially available only on the ; for the rest of the smartphone pack, the Gingerbread-flavored is still pending. (The vast majority of Android phones -- about 89 percent, according to Google's latest estimates -- are currently on Android 2.2 or 2.1.)
Then there's Honeycomb, or Android 3.0 -- the new version made especially for tablets. This sweet software entered our lives last month when Google gave us a . About two weeks ago, Google held a media event in Mountain View at which it and provided the first , the soon-to-be-released inaugural Honeycomb tablet.