Android Mobile OS Alert: Google Sweetens Honeycomb Pot, Demos Updates on Xoom

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google was handing out little Android toy robots at the registration line for its Android "Honeycomb" press event here, but the search giant's real agenda was more serious, specifically to show that it's ready to take on market leader Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad.

The news comes at a good time for Android supporters following a report this week that one of the first Android tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, touted as an iPad competitor, is seeing a high rate of returns. A point-of-sale survey conducted by ITG Investment Research said that as many as 16 percent of U.S. consumers who purchased a Samsung Galaxy Tab device have returned it.

But today Google previewed the "Honeycomb" version of Android that's considered better suited for tablets, specifically ones like