Google: Android not yet ready for tablets

Apple Online Store“Google has confirmed [Android 2.2] Froyo isn’t a platform for iPad rivals,” Gareth Beavis reports for Techradar UK.

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“While some will point to the Galaxy Tab as the flaw in this statement, the device features all the connectivity of the Galaxy S, making it essentially a larger phone rather than a standalone tablet,” Beavis reports. “‘We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,’ said Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google. ‘But the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly. Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimised for use on tablets. If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.'”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Have fun trying to market your fake iPads after that, knockoff artists.


  1. The rumors of the iTablet were rife for years before the iPad finally came out, but apparently nobody but Apple took those rumors seriously ;^D

    Long productive lead time.

  2. I always thought Android was just the carrot to quickly get device manufacturers and carriers to come to rely on Google, taking advantage of opportunity of the rise of iPhone and downfall of old mobile players, while it works on the OS that it knows will be the ultimate Google platform. When the Chrome OS is available most Dell-alikes will fall in line.

    The risk to the strategy is that once some device makers have Android they think they have the software to compete with anyone, and the regular FOSS splinter grows uncontrollably. I think Chrome OS will be free but not without strings attached to reign in the drone companies.

  3. Apple has always been good at transitions: when the ipad first came out apples forward compatibility allowed unmodified apps to scale up to the screen size. I’d like to see android do that. But I highly dought it could compete with apple’s stuff. especially since the mac touch is coming

  4. While Google were busy ripping off the iPhone, little did they know that the iOS was originally designed for a tablet.

    Steve Jobs and Apple played a great move in releasing the iPhone before the iPad; while everyone is looking at the iPhone, they don’t see the iPad coming.

    It must have been a lot easier to scale down the iPad OS to iPhone form factor than vice versa.

    Google shot themselves in the foot by going straight for the phone first……..haha!

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