Google Says Android 2.2 (Froyo) Not Optimized for Tablets

When news was let out that certain Google Android tablets wouldn’t have access to the Android Market, those looking forward to nabbing one were confused and a bit disappointed. However, it was made pretty clear by Google’s mobile product development director, Hugo Barra, that the apps on Android may not play well with tablets and screen resolutions that are much higher than that of smartphones.

Now Barra is also coming out and reminding everyone of the obvious:

“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.
“Which devices do, and which don’t will be unit specific, but 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.”

Now really, what is a tablet running Android without Android applications? It isn’t much. That’s the problem with Android and fragmentation. Now, we can argue all day that fragmentation isn’t the correct word to use, but I don’t see the same kind of consistency with Android that iOS has across different devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad).

Some manufacturers support certain apps, others don’t. There are many different user interfaces for Android. Applications have to play nicely with different screen resolutions. Some tablets will have Android Market, others won’t. Right now, it’s going to be very hard for Android to compete in the tablet market not only because of these limitations, restrictions and rules, but because manufacturers aren’t building anything as sexy and solid as the iPad.

Whine all you like about the iPad and how much you think Android is better and much more “open,” but Apple can’t hear you behind the wall of cash it raked in by selling over 4 million iPads to date.

[Via: TechRadar]

  • Xavier

    Imagine you want to buy a PC, there are hundreds if not thousands of different brands, configurations, processors, video cards, monitors with different screen resolution and display technology, all to accommodate the user needs, that is great, option is great. If I’m developing an app for a tablet running android , it is my job to figure out a way to make it work across different hardware, jus as a software engineer would do when developing for a PC. Also Android apps are not exclusive to the android market, oppose to apple’s app store, we are free to distribute android apps any way we prefer, Google is not taking a risk by putting something out there that might not work properly on a tablet, that does not mean there will not be apps for android tablets.

    Get an android device, use it and then write your blog!

    • I’ve been using an HTC EVO 4G, and before that I had a Motorola Droid.

  • Mike


    That’s why they’re blocking the marketplace to bigger-than-a-phone systems. If Android starts becoming a success on devices which are essentially full-on computers… all the money invested in ChromeOS will be wasted.

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