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Google: Android 2.2, apps aren't built for tablets

updated 11:30 am EDT, Fri September 10, 2010

Android 2.2 likely to break tablet interface

In spite of attempts to use it, Android 2.2 isn't a good fit for tablets, Google said late Thursday. Samsung's Galaxy Tab may use the current OS, but it's "not optimised for use on tablets," mobile product director Hugo Barra told TechRadar. It wasn't designed for the larger screen size, and many apps in the Android Market may break without knowing how to cope with the extra size, the manager said.

He nonetheless hinted strongly at the upcoming Honeycomb update to Android, noting that there will eventually be a way to get tablet-ready apps. "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," Barra explained.

Tablets using Android are shipping in large numbers starting this month, but most have had to make workarounds to use a larger screen effectively. Velocity Micro's Cruz tablets use the same resolution as a smartphone and, while larger, won't provide any advantage over the smaller devices. Samsung is using a 1024x600 resolution, but has also had to write new apps to use the size and may not support much beyond what comes with the slate.

Apple remade many of its own apps for the iPad, but it also built in backwards compatibility and the option of developing universal apps that can include tablet features without losing phone support. The safety net sped up the launch and helped the company get near complete control of the tablet market where many of its competitors have faced at least a half-year delay.

By Electronista Staff


  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    This shows how far ahead Apple was

    planning when it introduced the iPad. It caught everyone else flat-footed. So Apple is going to have a slightly longer lead time with the iPad if the tablet experience on Android tablets isn't quite up to par. You'd actually wonder why companies would try to rush their tablets out to consumers if this was the case. They're saying, "Here you are, consumer, this product may not be quite up to snuff, but we're giving it to you, anyway."

  1. gmsquires

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009


    Shows to go ya

    Precisely the reason why all of these other manufacturers are slow to get out product thinking they can push out anything with Android. Oopsey! Even HP in using their newly aquired WebOS from Palm is having to adjust to it's use for a tablet size computer.

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  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009



    Even will all the lead time in the world, Apple is still losing marketshare. Apple will still fall to Android. Apple released the iPhone over a year ahead of Android - enough said. Apple released the iPad many months ahead of the impending onslaught of touchscreen tablets. We know how that's going to end.

    "Oh but Apple makes more profit when they sell their devices".......

    Who gives a s***. That doesn't change the fact that iOS is going down. Back to the niche/hobbyist market Apple deserves to be in. Apple cannot be trusted with any amount of power. All the Federal probes will tell you that.

    Move over Microsoft, Apple has become "The Man" in the 2010's

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