Froyo is a no go for Android based tablets
Recently a slew of tablets have been appearing from the midst of what Apple has done to the tablet. The idea of the tablet has been around for quite some time; however, it wasn’t until the acceptance of the iPad did the tablet race really beginning. Within this race most manufactures are using the Google’s new Android OS to bring familiarity as well as function to new tablets. Unfortunately however, the newest version of the Android OS 2.2 is simply not optimized for tablets.
There are seemingly hoards of new tablets that have recently hit the market and or are on their way, but will this hindrance slow them down? The new Samsung Galaxy Tab is currently in the last stages of release and is slated to drop sometime this month. This leaving many interested either confused and or simply questioning the purchase.
Google very own Hugo Barra the Mobile Product Management Director, at Google in an interview with Tech Radar has gone on the record stating that Froyo is simply not meant for the tablet form factor.
“…the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly. Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optimized 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.”
So the fate of the new slew of Tablets will rest in the hands of Google’s tablet optimized Gingerbread. The new Gingerbread OS will be optimized for devices with a 3.5-inch display or larger, a 1GHz processor, and a minimum of 512MB of RAM. So looks like Honeycomb will be around sooner than later in anticipation to update to Gingerbread
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