Thursday, September 16, 2010

Android Tablets already crippled?

In a recent statement from Hugo Barra, all Android 2.2 Froyo based tablets will NOT have access to the Android Market.  WHAT?!?  Are you nuts?  How can this be?  What I am curious is how this will effect the current set of Android tablets coming out, and what about any that may consider using Android 3.0?

Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google: “Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets.

"But the way Android Market works is it's not going to be available on devices that don't allow applications to run correctly."

Continuing on about Froyo, in regards to tablets, Barra says: "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.

"We want to make sure that we're going to create a application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience."

However, in disagreement with those statements, there are individuals in the development world that have made apps that state that Froyo on Tablets can easily handle the apps.  The issue seems that Google may not want the apps to appear as they do on Apple’s iPad with thick black borders.  I can not blame Google with this.  Who wants an app that only takes up a small area?

Good news is that Android Gingerbread and Honeycomb will be optimized for Tablet distribution.  Is this why the tablet manufactures are holding out?

Take a look over at Archos’ website.  Take a gander at the Archos 101.  Notice that it doesn’t display Android Market on the screen?  Take not that in the presentation, it only mentions you use AppsLib to get your apps.  AppsLib is a decent substitute, but it does NOT offer the same number of apps, nor can it guarantee that all apps are upto date as they are on the Market.

For early adopters to the Android Tablet craze, this could be a deterrent.  Admittedly, I was all types of excited about the Archos 101 to be released here soon.  I want one.  However, without a good market place, or even a good substitute, I am concerned I will not receive the same quality experience on this device as I would on my Droid 1.

I dare say that this is why we have not been flooded with a slew of Android based tablets yet.  Not just because 2.1 was not ready, or that the resources needed to produce them were scarce.  I believe the majority of companies ready to release quality tablets are holding off for Android 3.0 to be released by the end of the year.

All I know is that I want my Android Tablet!

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