Google: Android 2.2 is "not optimized" for use on a tablet

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: September 10, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung recently unveiled their new tablet, called the Galaxy Tab, which is running the latest version of Android, 2.2.  Unfortunately for Samsung and potential Galaxy S owners, a Google employee has recently come out and said that that Froyo is simply "not optimized" for use on tablet devices.  Hugo Barra, Google's director of products for mobile, has said that while Android is open and is already running on multiple 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."  While he wouldn't admit that Gingerbread would be designed for tablet use, Barra did say that Google is working "to ensure our users have [the] right experience."  Perhaps he's referring to Honeycomb?

While this is disappointing for those of us considering a Galaxy Tab, the news isn't terribly surprising, either.  After all, there weren't really any Android tablets in existence up until recently, so why would Google have a tablet-optimized version of the OS?  The good news is that the Tab is skinned a bit thanks to Samsung, so I'm sure that the device will run just fine for the most part, even if it is running Android 2.2.  Now the big question is this: which device will be the first to market with the new, tablet-ready version of Android?  Maybe the Motorola MZ600 we saw yesterday?

Via Engadget, Tech Radar

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