In the land of Android, it’s hard to know what device is going to see an update next. This time, it appears that the inexplicable answer is the HTC Flyer. This device was an early 2010 7-inch tablet with mid-range specs and a focus on pen input. HTC has confirmed that some variants of the device are getting Android 3.2 Honeycomb today, complete with HTC’s Sense UX interface.
The HTC Flyer is facing some pretty stiff competition these days in the tablet space, not just from the iPad 2, but also from Motorola who got a leg up on the Android market by scoring dibs on Honeycomb. Presumably in an attempt to keep sales of the flyer from drying up completely, HTC threw the Flyer community a bone by confirming via twitter that they would indeed update their flagship tablet to Google latest tablet OS “when it’s made available”.
Norwegian site Amobile claims to have gotten a hold of the details (and blurry image) on HTC's upcoming Android tablet, called the HTC Flyer. Much like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Flyer will be a blown up Android phone. The device will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, not Honeycomb like the official Google-backed Motorola Xoom. The Flyer will also be running a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255, probably at 1GHz.
Other relevant hardware details include a 7-inch 1024x600 screen, an HDMI-out, front and rear cameras, and HSPA+ 3G. The interface will be a modified Sense UI made especially for tablets. Amobile indicates that the documents are a few months old, so it is possible that HTC has changed course in the wake of Honeycomb, but we expect a close Google partner like HTC was appraised of the roadmap and decided to move ahead with a Sense-infused Gingerbread build anyway. Do you think the Flyer is going to be a reality?