Google: Android “Not Optimized For Use On Tablets”

Posted Sep 12, 2010

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) director of products for mobile at Hugo Barra said that Android (Froyo) is not “optimized for use on tablets.” Google is currently not using Android on any tablets, but the Gingerbread and Honeycomb version of the operating system is hinted to be of use for tablets. The Galaxy Tab device will be running on Android and it seems like that this may contradict the statement, but the Tab can be considered an oversized phone rather than a tablet.

“Android is an open platform. We saw at IFA 2010 all sorts of devices running Android, so it already running on tablets,” said Barra. “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 optimized for use on tablets,” added Barra. “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.”