Google has recently commented on the use of Android 2.1, Froyo – on tablets – and well, their words are nowhere near surprising. As everyone joins the tablet race, a lot of corners tend to be cut in order to become “second, to first” in a market largely dominated by Apple. The iPad has the most sales to date, and there’s still plenty of space for a successful second place.
Making your own OS is taxing on developers and time consuming, then where does this new OS pull its apps from? The quick fix, slap Android on it and go. That’s all fine and dandy for smartphones, but Google’s director of mobile products Hugo Barra told TechRadar “The way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on tablets that don’t allow devices and applications to run correctly.” Since the Galaxy Tab is considered a “large phone” the apps from Android’s market seem to function just fine. Apparently, the G-Tab works so well that Android’s Open Source & Compatibility Program Manager, Dan Morrill, didn’t want to give a loaner unit back; “got a pre-release “loaner” to test for compatibility & refused to give it back :)” Morrill tweeted.
Back to Froyo on a tablet. Barra hints at the fact that tablets can run Froyo, but warns manufacturers not think its going to be an out of the box solution. Android can be heavily customized and skinned, so manufacturers have control in the end, but if your device doesn’t run correctly dont expect anything from Google : “Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets” said Barra.
This leaves us waiting for the next release of Android Gingerbread or even Honeycomb to get a full Android tablet experience, that is, unless Google unveils a Google Chrome tablet. Now that will change everything, again.