Andy Rubin demos Honeycomb on prototype Motorola tablet, coming in 2011

We all expected Andy Rubin (the man at Google behind the Android project) to talk Gingerbread at tonight's All Things D's Dive into Mobile conference keynote, but nobody expected to see a prototype Motorola tablet, running Honeycomb.  Not many details were given, but the tablet lacks physical buttons, and was shown running the upcoming Maps application.  When asked about Honeycomb, Rubin stated that a new API was added that allows any application to split its views into multiple panes.  On a tablet, they could be side by side, and on a phone in series one after the other. 

You can bet we're hitting all our sources to find out more, and we'll be sure to let you know as soon as we do.  [All Things D, Engadget]

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  • eeek!!! Out of the blue :D
  • let's see that video :)
  • YES please.
  • Same here. Must. See. Honeycomb.
  • How much does anyone want to bet that Honeycomb will be out before Samsung finally gets Froyo on their US galaxy s phones? :P
  • Screw you! :-) Hahaha.i have an epic. That's funny. To be honest, I don't mind 2.1 at all.
  • im lovin' froyo on my epic :)
  • I wouldn't be surprised if the Galaxy S phones skipped Froyo and went straight to Gingerbread.
  • Actually Gingerbread has been written according to the Galaxy S lines architecture. If anything we should get it pretty quick. This is thanks to Google doing most of the work for Samsung.
  • Today has been the best day ever!!
  • Thank you Google for everything you have done to make android better and giving each and every one of us a choice in which device works best for us, and not tied down to only one option.
  • Now if only they'd release a CDMA version of the Nexus S. That'd be so freakin' sweet.
  • I have froyo on my epic! :-)
  • Yeah! What a day full of stuff. I love having the android central news widget on my homescreen and seeing new stuff throughout the day. Keep it coming. Ps, I wonder when my G2 will see gingerbread..maybe it'll fix my hinge! Jay Kay...I'm loving the phone and all its rooted and overclocked goodness.
  • The android world is such a beautiful thing.. :~) brings a tear to my smiley eye lol.
  • I like how the TABLET looks, seems to be sexier than Galaxy TAB!!
  • Oooh! Honeycomb! Too bad it will be 2013 before Moto decides to issue whatever update comes after honeycomb (ice cream). Their software development is beyond pathetic.