Google has poured cold water over rumours that it has delayed the European launch of Android Honeycomb 3.1 – and therefore the next generation of Samsung Galaxy Tabs – until August because of “issues” getting the OS to work properly.
Like so many stories of this nature, the rumour originated from a single tweet by one Eldar Murtazin – and as usual, his claims are delivered without any kind of proof or corroboration.
The latest Galaxy Tabs – the 10.1in and 8.9in models – are due to go on sale in the US in the next couple of weeks, complete with a latest version of Honeycomb on board. However, Murtazin claims that issues with the OS are forcing Google to hold back the European launch of the Samsung slates until August.
“Samsung tablets 8.9 and 10.1 delaying untill august in europe due to android 3.1 issues and thats google decision,” reads the Mobile-Review editor's tweet.
It's not entirely clear what sort of glitch would hold back the tablets' launch here in Europe but not affect the US release, and of course Murtazin isn't saying.
According to BGR, however, Google has directly confirmed that there is no truth to the rumours at all, and that the tablets will make their European debut on schedule, though we're still not entirely sure just when that is exactly.
Confusing? More than a little. It doesn't help having two different versions of Honeycomb, different generations of the Galaxy Tab with the same name, and now potentially widely varying launch dates. No wonder most people would rather just say the simple words “I'd like to buy an iPad please”...