Hold up, wait a minute

Well shut our mouths.

The first Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, was a 7-incher. And since then we've seen some others of that size, like HTC's recent Flyer. But the biggest-profile Android tablets have been those running the new 'Honeycomb' version of Android, like Motorola's Xoom and Asus' Eee Pad Transformer, and these have all had a 10.1-inch screen. Samsung has even followed up the Galaxy Tab with a 10.1-inch big brother.

So far, though, we haven't seen any Honeycomb tablets with a seven-inch screen. Plenty have been announced, like Acer's Iconia Tab A100, but none have seen the light of day. Delays and confusion have been the order of the day, leading us to conclude that Honeycomb isn't meant for seven-inchers and that they'd have to wait for Ice Cream Sandwich, the next big version of Android, coming in the autumn.

Well, it looks like we were wrong. Little-known Far East manufacturer Huawei announced their 7-inch tablet the MediaPad today, and they got themselves a bit of an exclusive by explaining it'll be released in a few weeks running Android Honeycomb 3.2. Apparently the upgrade from 3.1 to 3.2 will bring with it the ability to run on screens of multiple sizes. Which begs the question what Ice Cream Sandwich will be for. Hmm...

To add to the confusion, Acer's Iconia Tab A100 - which was supposed to have been delayed until the autumn - has started showing up at Walmart stores in the US, apparently. It's labelled as running Android 3.0.

Your guess is as good as ours, we're afraid... Hopefully Google will clarify exactly what's going on soon.

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