While it has long been believed that Motorola's forthcoming tablet will be powered by Google's Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system, there is a strong rumour that, in a major coup for the manufacturer, it will be the first device to market with the new OS.

Respected mobile phone-specific website Mobile-review.com has tweeted that Google has made its decision on who is first to get Honeycomb: "Google choose MOTOPAD as a first device to show Android 3.0 - 7 inch version", says @mobireview.

If this is accurate, it reveals several things.

Firstly, we previously believed that Motorola was working on a 10-inch tablet only, but this suggests that a 7-incher is in the pipeline. Secondly, it will be a showpiece for the new operating system. And, thirdly, that the device will be called the Motopad, rather than Stingray, as was previously thought.

Of course, at the moment, all of these points and claims are unsubstantiated. However, Mobile-review has often been right with its leaks in the past; blogger Eldar Murtazin has even incurred the wrath of Nokia in the past by getting his hands on the N8 a considerable while before the Finnish company was ready to let people see it.

We'll bring you more on Pocket-lint when we unearth more juicy details.

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