Motorola Android 3.0 tablet may be here this year

Android lover Motorola is expected to be working on an iPad competitor that runs on Google’s mobile operating system, but what’s bigger news is that it could be one of the first devices to run the next-generation Android 3.0.

Analysts Roger Crenshaw and Ashok Kumar predict that Motorola could bring the tablet to the US by the end of this year, and say it’s likely to use the so-called “Gingerbread” version of Android, which no other device currently does.

Motorola is the manufacturer of the Droid, the top-selling Android smartphone in the US, as well as a number of other handsets as one of the most prolific supporters of the operating system.

Other companies including Asus and Lenovo are also planning Android tablets, however HP has completely foregone its initial plans to focus on the competing WebOS platform instead. says that a Motorola Android tablet would likely have 512 MB of RAM, run on an ARM processor, and the option for removable storage like a memory card.