Android 3.0 Honeycomb: Google unsure of smartphone plans

Don't expect Honeycomb phones at MWC

Google exec admits Honeycomb will be tablet only for time being.

Android 3.0 Honeycomb is undoubtedly going to give Apple’s iOS a hell of a lot to think about when it lands on a slew of killer tablets in the next few months.

But the latest version of Google’s open source OS, revealed in full at a San Francisco event yesterday, is still some way off heading to smartphones. That’s according to Google’s Hugo Barra, who admitted that plans to move cross platform were still sketchy.

Quizzed about when Honeycomb’s features would be heading to Android blowers, Barra said, “We really don’t know,” he said. “That’s a conversation we are just beginning to have right now internally with the team.”

That will no doubt concern those who think Android, while surging ahead, is becoming fragmented beyond repair. Barra did say, though, that some Honeycomb skills will be heading to mobiles at some point. “A lot of the things we have created for Honeycomb will make their way back into phones as well–things like the visual themes, some of the thinking on notifications, for example.”

That suggests that any mobile update will have a different code name, with Honeycomb reserved solely for slates. Is Google allowing its OS to become fragmented too easily? Or do you prefer its open platform? Tell us what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages now.

Via All Things D