By September 19, 2010

Android Froyo not ideal for tablet

New ImageMost the tablets that were heading our way in the next few months seem to be were on the Android 2.2 Froyo. Now for a real shocker, in a recent revelation from Google who announced this version of Android isn’t suited for a tablet environment. This was revealed by Google’s director of products for mobile, Hugo Barra, who went on record saying: “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets.” However, there was the hint of future versions of Android being devoid of this shortcoming.

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There is unfortunately more bad news. Google may even cut off access to the Android Marketplace for those tablets that lack the minimum hardware requirement for running the Android 2.2 Froyo. Some manufacturers have stated the absence of Google Marketplace support in spite of them having impressive hardware capabilities, the latest being the Elocity A7 tablet.
“If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.” This is what he had to say of tablets that lack Android Market support before adding the OS will work well on some devices and won’t on other with it being the manufacturer’s duty to ensure the Froyo works well on the device they come up with.

The next versions of Android, that is Gingerbread and Honeycomb and are expected to be more tablet friendly. Samsung has already stated the Galaxy Pad can be upgraded to Android 3.0, called Gingerbread, while many tablet makers are awaiting its official release which is expected to happen around Q1 2011.

“Since we emphasized portability and mobility, our determination was to apply smartphone platform instead of tablet platform,” the director of mobile products at Samsung, W.P. Hong said. “Honeycomb will be implemented in our next-generation tablet, not this device, because that [Honeycomb] is specifically optimized for a different type of tablet. This emphasizes mobility.”

Google is saying the Android OS is fit for devices that conform to a minimum hardware specifications which include accelerometer, Wi-Fi and phone capabilities.

Posted by Gareth

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