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HTC confirms Android 3.0 upgrade for Flyer tablet

A spokesperson for HTC has revealed through Twitter official support for Android Honeycomb for the upcoming tablet.

Prospective owners of the HTC Flyer can now rest easy knowing that the 7-inch tablet will be upgradeable to Android 3.0.

An HTC spokesperson has confirmed the Honeycomb upgrade support through Twitter earlier this weekend and further claimed that the software update will be made available as soon as possible after it releases.

Many users were uncertain about the OS upgradeability of HTC’s latest tablet due to recent rumors about Android 2.x tablets getting the cold treatment from Google. The rumors claimed manufacturers would need to agree to different licensing contracts for using Honeycomb, and would disallow Android 2.x tablets from officially upgrading to Android 3.0. Those who have been following the HTC Flyer will know it will ship this spring with Android 2.3 and the HTC Sense interface. The proprietary UI, however, could be made obsolete once the tablets upgrade to Honeycomb due to Google’s dwindling support for custom UIs.

While there was no mention of the HTC Evo View 4G for Sprint, we see no reason why this WiMAX-enabled version of the Flyer wouldn’t receive the official Honeycomb update as well. Now the only missing piece of the puzzle is exactly how much the Flyer is going to cost once it comes stateside.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)