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Google Reminds Us that Current Android Isn’t Meant for Tablets, Honeycomb is?

Current Android isn’t meant for tablets?  But, but, there are so many out there running 2.1 and 2.2!  Google realizes this, and they are not supporting almost all of these devices.  In fact, any Android tablet running a current build has a pretty good chance of never being supported according to Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google…

“…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.”

And yes, Google is well aware that the Samsung Galaxy Tab (pictured above) is only running Android 2.2, but obviously made the cut or is simply considered a “phone” rather than a tablet.

So should we expect Gingerbread or Honeycomb to be something built specifically for tablets?  I’d sure put some money on it especially after seeing quotes from Samsung’s head of mobile communications last week at their tablet launch.  If his word means anything, Honeycomb is the ticket.

Via:  TechRadar, Androinica

Cheers Wade!

  • anonymous

    what the hell is going on with the android mascot in the picture

  • taka

    And what about my VCR player that I put Android on? What do you mean they won't support it? It works! I also put Android on my skateboard, Topsy Turvy, and toothpaste dispenser! WTF?!?! They work! So support it, dangit!!!! (*turns off sarcasm mode*)

  • taka

    But wait – you mean my 1970 car retrofitted with a jet engine is not supported by the engine manufacturer? Why? I even got it to work!

    • taka

      And what about my VCR player that I put Android on? What do you mean they won’t support it? It works! I also put Android on my skateboard, Topsy Turvy, and toothpaste dispenser! WTF?!?! They work! So support it, dangit!!!! (*turns off sarcasm mode*)

  • Calculatorwatch

    Google is starting to sound an awful lot like Apple on this issue. “We want to give our customers the best user experience, so we feel the need to take away their options because we decided said options could potentially diminish the user experience.” I understand they're trying to walk a fine line of keeping Android “open” and giving it a good reputation, but I just can't say I like it. Besides, people that can understand what Android is should be able to understand that these tablets are kinda crappy and are using a version that wasn't built for them; I know that's not always true though.

  • Torp74

    What a load of BS. The Archos 5, 7 and 8 run UMD's with Android fully supported and running fine. Some at Google are clueless.

  • soniasonics

    But then again, we have other versions of Android, perhaps this will change with Gingerbread or Honeycomb next year

  • Torp74

    What a load of BS. The Archos 5, 7 and 8 run UMD's with Android fully supported and running fine. Some at Google are clueless.

  • Scruffy Bob

    That's because Honeycomb's big, yeah yeah yeah. It's not small, no no no.

  • professionalgun

    I'm waiting for them to do something interesting with their Bump Top acquisition. I have a feeling that will play a big role in their tablet business.

  • EC8CH

    If you put Froyo on a Tablet it will just melt and drip over the sides… messy messy

    • PigHeaded

      man, you just made me hungry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elreyzalo David Suarez

    so i have a question about this, because i want to get a tablet my self. is android looking into doing a tablet or not? wouldn't it be awesome an official tablet with hdmi and automatic connect with the droid x.!!! so you can browse through the internet? however it would be more awesome if you can connect live wireless, through bluetooth..

  • Chris

    Does anyone know when 4.0 (pink nipple) will be released for droid?

    • motograter7

      lmao what?

  • http://TechnologyViewer.com Wolfman-K

    I really think google needs to stop telling us what they can't do, and tell us what their plan is. Is chrome going to be the tablet os? Is a future flavor of Android? You can't just throw cold water on the Android tablet Market and then not offer an alternative… Whats up Goog?

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    I kind of figured this would be the case. See what happens when you rush things?!

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/pdenson Paul

    So…. no “official” tables until Q3 2011?

  • SecurityNick

    At least that makes sense why the Archos 10.1 specs don't show anything about the “Market” when talking about apps.

  • bkj216

    This is one of the issues of being so “Open” with Android. Google doesn't want people putting Froyo and below on Tablets because they know its not ready. Manufacturers are eager to jump on the iPad bandwagon and want to have products out by Christmas. Manufacturers now put out products not ready for the masses. People buy them, like them/hate them. Then Google has to deal with the PR mess later of trying to repair the image of Android Tablets later (or if they like them try not to change too much of what was liked).

    • soniasonics

      But then again, we have other versions of Android, perhaps this will change with Gingerbread or Honeycomb

    • Calculatorwatch

      Google is starting to sound an awful lot like Apple on this issue. “We want to give our customers the best user experience, so we feel the need to take away their options because we decided said options could potentially diminish the user experience.” I understand they're trying to walk a fine line of keeping Android “open” and giving it a good reputation, but I just can't say I like it. Besides, people that can understand what Android is should be able to understand that these tablets are kinda crappy and are using a version that wasn't built for them; I know that's not always true though.

  • Worm4603

    where is motorola with some froyo x news

    At least official say there is a delay

  • Michael_NM

    Why won't Google “remind” us when their Chrome tablet is going to be released?

  • villian1998

    I signed up to win a tablet running 1.6