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Google: Froyo Not Optimised For Tablets

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Google's Android 2.2 wasn't meant to be used on 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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    lamorpa , September 10, 2010 7:00 PM
    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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    Humans think , September 10, 2010 6:23 PM
    That below the belt kick sure hearts Samsung Galaxy Tab...
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    zaznet , September 10, 2010 6:23 PM
    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.
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    AMW1011 , September 10, 2010 6:28 PM
    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.
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    back_by_demand , September 10, 2010 6:58 PM
    Of course, Google could have worded this better.
    Instead of dissing their own product they should really be saying that they are "constantly striving to improve their already great service and will be bringing out ever better tablet OS's soon".
    This is a sign of business immaturity, they have a lot to learn from Microsoft about this.
    How on earth did MS survive the transition through Windows ME? Because they didn't call it the turkey it was, they simply promised us that XP was just around the corner - and it worked!

    Google could well become the next Microsoft as the world goes mobile OS, but really needs to stop making PR faux-pa's like this.
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    lamorpa , September 10, 2010 7:00 PM
    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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    Humans think , September 10, 2010 7:18 PM
    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.


    You see iPhone/Pod/Pad/Pwhatever as a complete product. Custom tailored hardware, design and OS and as a combo, I agree that it has the killer right now and is setting the grounds of the market with innovative functions and integration. But android is an opensource platform and like Linux one of its main goals should be to cover different configurations of hardware. Noone (I really hope) wants to get chained in a console-like platform, get assimilated and then when there is no way out get milked...
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    gamesmachine , September 10, 2010 7:23 PM
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    Faildroid.Maybe one of these days Faildroid and all the iPad / iPhone wannabes will catch up to where Apple was a year ago


    Yeah because iOS is waaaay ahead on numbers in the US....oh hang on...oh and it doesnt support any of the features of iOS like I dunno....Multitasking or Customisation?!

    Jeez pull your head out of your ass! More to life than Apple.
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    lamorpa , September 10, 2010 7:28 PM
    getrealU MAD.

    No. I was asking you a question. I myself am aware of the capabilities of the various handheld, connected platforms available today. I think each have their own merits and faults. I'm not overly biased toward one or another, especially to the point of calling the one I might disfavor a childish, modified name. Then again, the Android platform from Google has some interesting possibilities; the iFail platform from Crapple has theirs...
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    getreal , September 10, 2010 7:31 PM
    gamesmachine...oh and it doesnt support any of the features of iOS like I dunno....Multitasking or Customisation?!


    I'm sure you meant "Faildroid" there instead of "iOS".

    How embarrassing for you :( 
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    gamesmachine , September 10, 2010 7:34 PM
    no I don't think its wrong, no its fine.
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    Shadow703793 , September 10, 2010 7:40 PM
    @getreal: Stop being a tool and a troll. Else the ban hammer will be used.
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    lamorpa , September 10, 2010 7:50 PM
    getrealSound mad.

    Um, in case your imagined ivory tower is not obvious to you, I'm lampooning your anger and narrow mindedness. If satire is beyond you, just go with the flow...and good luck with the Android bashing, if that's what floats your boat. It may take more energy than you think to maintain your illusion that you are not angry, while you are maligning non-Apple solutions.
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    messele , September 10, 2010 8:49 PM
    So google knew that all these hardware guys were working on tablets for months now and it didn't occur to them before now to mention that a custom write of the OS would be needed.

    That's pretty hard to believe. All this "custom animation" and "wow factor" is a bunch of crap. Something is wrong here.
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    lamorpa , September 10, 2010 8:55 PM
    getrealYa, u mad.

    u 2
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    asdf634 , September 10, 2010 9:28 PM
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    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.


    I see what he did there (iPad 3G anyone?)
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    JOSHSKORN , September 10, 2010 11:48 PM
    I like the idea of a big phone for my big hands.
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    THEfog101 , September 12, 2010 7:23 AM
    @Joshskorn

    lol i know how you feel
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