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Android 2.2 tablets will not have access to the Market?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Sep 2010 19:29 User comments (8)

Android 2.2 tablets will not have access to the Market? Google has noted today that current versions of Android are not suitable for tablets, and devices released now will likely not be able to compete with the popular Apple iPad.
One of the main reasons it will not be able to compete is the fact that the Android Market will not work well on tablets.

Says Hugo Barra, director of products for mobile at Google: "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."

Continuing on about Froyo, in regards to tablets, Barra says:

"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."


Despite those words, Google has already stated that upcoming software updates, Gingerbread and Honeycomb will be tablet-optimized.

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8 user comments

112.9.2010 19:41

Well it looks like android tablet owners will just be stuck 1.6 or 2.1 until gingerbeard is released.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 12 Sep 2010 @ 19:44

212.9.2010 20:16
rustynail09
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Contrary to what's being reported, most of the current tablets DO have a working market, it is just hit or miss if an application will work on the tablet.

312.9.2010 21:37

and u can sideload apps if need be. only a few will give u a pain to install.

412.9.2010 21:54

google going apple? Is proven that the market works if you have the patient to make it work, sounds familiar? Flash do work on "I" devices... Is google trying to kill android moment for chrome tablet? I will wait to get a tablet when prices are below 200 for a 7" with working market, dual core and nice graphics... Not in a rush. No necessary tech can wait



512.9.2010 22:34

i1der, edit your sig to conform to forum specs ASAP. yours is 237,533 bytes.
2. An image-only signature should be less than 50kb in size, and be at most 500 pixels wide and 200 pixels tall.

612.9.2010 23:43

I just can't understand it...it is like google wants android to die. Without froyo, those 2GHZ processors are only as fast as a 550mhz droid with froyo. Their market has been ****'d for a long time...just about every device has apps that works just fine when sideloaded, yet don't appear in the market...still others have apps blocked simply because they changed networks or did an automatic firmware update...and purchased apps seem to disappear from the market permanently as soon as you buy them!

So what does google do?
Do they fix the market, so that their existing customers get what they are promised? No.

Do they fix the market so that it works with tablets? No.

Do they release a press release specifically designed to kill the future of their product? Yes.

I think google wants to be like apple just a little too much. The problem is that apple can always rely on an army of mindless sheep...and google's users are happy to jump ship whenever something better comes along (that is how they got to android in the first place). Hopefully we will have some better alternatives soon...Apple can't make a device when they try, Google refuses to try, Blackberry only makes a facade of an attempt, and Microsoft only tries to make things worse...we need a company with the ability and desire to make things better, not worse. Oh, almost forgot palm...but palm is now owned by HP, so we can all forget about them soon.

713.9.2010 9:23

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I just can't understand it...it is like google wants android to die. Without froyo, those 2GHZ processors are only as fast as a 550mhz droid with froyo. Their market has been ****'d for a long time...just about every device has apps that works just fine when sideloaded, yet don't appear in the market...still others have apps blocked simply because they changed networks or did an automatic firmware update...and purchased apps seem to disappear from the market permanently as soon as you buy them!

So what does google do?
Do they fix the market, so that their existing customers get what they are promised? No.

Do they fix the market so that it works with tablets? No.

Do they release a press release specifically designed to kill the future of their product? Yes.

I think google wants to be like apple just a little too much. The problem is that apple can always rely on an army of mindless sheep...and google's users are happy to jump ship whenever something better comes along (that is how they got to android in the first place). Hopefully we will have some better alternatives soon...Apple can't make a device when they try, Google refuses to try, Blackberry only makes a facade of an attempt, and Microsoft only tries to make things worse...we need a company with the ability and desire to make things better, not worse. Oh, almost forgot palm...but palm is now owned by HP, so we can all forget about them soon.
Testify!

814.9.2010 6:02

Originally posted by Frank001:
yes,i think you are right!

Surely all a tablet has is double the resolution ?? so if the apps store wont work on higher res devices how the hell do the apps work on a variaty of other resolution devices now?

Ummm ok some tablets wont have gsm or cdma but still ... ?

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