Google: Froyo Not Optimised For Tablets

Recently Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google, said that the current build of Android--v2.2 aka 'Froyo'--isn't optimized to be used on tablets. Barra even went on to say that the Samsung Galaxy Tab--which uses Android 2.2--isn't really a tablet, but more like a big phone.

"Android is an open platform," Barra said in a short interview. "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 tablets that don't allow devices and applications to run correctly. Which devices do, and which don't will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets."

Barra added that if tablet manufacturers wanted Android market on the Froyo platform, the apps just wouldn't run, as it's not designed for that form factor. "We want to make sure that we're going to create an application distribution mechanism for the Android market, to ensure our users have right experience."

It's reported that Google wants to evoke the "wow factor" in tablets, adding custom animations and user interfaces. Although Gingerbread and Honeycomb are rumored to be tablet-friendly, there's speculation that Google is working on an exclusive OS to be used on tablets--most likely a modified version of Google's Chrome OS.

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  • getrealYep, everyone is still trying to play catch up with the #1 spot, Apple. It's the same issue with the phones; a new version of Faildroid comes out, and none of the phones support it for months. No surprise that the tablets come out and won't even support it, LOL. Typical, pathetic experience that can be expected from Faildroid.Maybe one of these days Faildroid and all the iPad / iPhone wannabes will catch up to where Apple was a year ago, but by that time, Apple will be even farther ahead in everything than they already are...and that's a LOT.

    I'm surprised you had time to type such a long comment between your sweaty lovemaking sessions with you iPad and iPhone. Don't they get sticky after a while?
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  • That below the belt kick sure hearts Samsung Galaxy Tab...
  • I hope they make Android 3.0+ fit the form factors of these tablets. It would be a shame for Google to miss out on the push being made by the hardware manufacturers so they could try to make Chrome replace what they already have in place.
  • No, no, no, keep plain old Android on the tablets. One of the great things about Android is how far reaching it is. basically Android is the mobile version of Windows. I would much prefer to see Android evolve as a multi-platform OS then have more Google OS's running around.

    Also there is a thing called Appslib which is an App catalog for Android that is designed specifically with tablets in mind. It just started accepted paid apps, so hopefully it catches on.