LG drops plans for Android 2.2-based tablet; Android OS not ready for prime time

“LG today stated that it has dropped it plans for an Android 2.2 Optimus-branded tablet,” Electronista reports. “A company spokesperson stated that LG had been in discussions with Google about what was the most appropriate OS for a tablet moving forward, and it was decided that Froyo was not the best choice. Android 3.0, which is nicknamed Gingerbread is a possibility, but LG’s chief competitor Samsung has hinted in a slip that Android won’t be properly optimized for tablets until Honeycomb. With Gingerbread due this fall at the earliest, this news could push LG’s entry into the tablet market well into next year.”

Electronista reports, “In Electronista’s first hands on with Samsung’s Galaxy Tab we expressed surprise at how much of the core Android 2.2 OS remained in the final shipping build on the device, expecting it to have been more optimized for use on a tablet… It has been suspected that Samsung’s choice of a seven-inch screen was primarily dictated by the very lack of OS optimization that has led to LG’s decision to wait for Google to deliver a better Android OS alternative for the tablet form factor.”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Our tablet will be better than the iPad.” – Chang Ma, LG Marketing V.P., describing upcoming Android-based tablet due n fourth quarter 2010, August 20, 2010

56 Comments

  1. iPad rules OK!

    The avalanche is gaining momentum.

    Takes time and meticulous R&D to produce anything near the iPad. Oh, and multiple touch is Apple’s own….

  2. iPad rules OK!

    The avalanche is gaining momentum.

    Takes time and meticulous R&D to produce anything near the iPad. Oh, and multiple touch is Apple’s own….

  3. Making their own OS and giving it away for free sounded so fun when Google was only supporting phones, and could copy over someone’s shoulder (and when it was just a stop-gap measure until Chrome could take over).

    Something tells me it’s not a fun project anymore.

  4. Making their own OS and giving it away for free sounded so fun when Google was only supporting phones, and could copy over someone’s shoulder (and when it was just a stop-gap measure until Chrome could take over).

    Something tells me it’s not a fun project anymore.

  5. Questions:
    Google continues to give away the Android OS, right? Is the additional search traffic from that enough to justify the expense of creating an OS to serve meat-headed hardware copycats? Is Google willing to police the various permutations that even now are fragmenting Android? Is Google prepared to shoulder the cost of the inevitable patent infringement lawsuits? And can the hardware guys count on Google to keep throwing resources required to defend, maintain, and further develop Android?

  6. Questions:
    Google continues to give away the Android OS, right? Is the additional search traffic from that enough to justify the expense of creating an OS to serve meat-headed hardware copycats? Is Google willing to police the various permutations that even now are fragmenting Android? Is Google prepared to shoulder the cost of the inevitable patent infringement lawsuits? And can the hardware guys count on Google to keep throwing resources required to defend, maintain, and further develop Android?

  7. On Saturday I was showing a friend the Lose it! app on my iPod touch. I use it for tracking calorie intake. She said “Oh, I’ll check and see if I can download it for Android.” She checked and sure enough the app was on the Android app store. What downloaded was a photo of a bunch of really fat women in bikinis. I don’t know if it’s a virus or just malware. So much for Android’s openness.

  8. On Saturday I was showing a friend the Lose it! app on my iPod touch. I use it for tracking calorie intake. She said “Oh, I’ll check and see if I can download it for Android.” She checked and sure enough the app was on the Android app store. What downloaded was a photo of a bunch of really fat women in bikinis. I don’t know if it’s a virus or just malware. So much for Android’s openness.

  9. This is not like making toasters or even TV’s. There is the appliance, then the operating system, then then applications and their distribution and then the support. Only Apple has put these essentially under one umbrella. Best of luck to all who jump in the water. Expect low margins and constant regret.

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