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Google tapping LG for Nexus Tablet, blocking 2.x to 3.0?

updated 09:40 am EDT, Mon March 28, 2011

LG may craft official Nexus Tablet for Google

An assertion from well-known leaker Eldar Murtazin would have LG tapped to make the official, reference Android 3.0 tablet. Called the Nexus Tablet as a placeholder, the design would show up sometime in the mid-summer or early fall. It might not necessarily be a publicly available, Mobile-Review said, implying that it may be an internal testing device.

Many had assumed that the Motorola Xoom was the reference model as it has both the stock OS and an unlocked bootloader to allow freely customizable firmware. It's going in "another direction," Murtazin said. HTC had been ruled out since it wasn't interested and was working on Sense for devices like the Flyer and Evo View 4G. Samsung was determined to beat the iPad at all costs and wouldn't necessarily be willing to make a stock tablet in the future.

An LG version would likely end up being a variant on the Optimus Pad, known as the G-Slate in the US. A Nexus Tablet equivalent would likely have to drop the 3D camera support but could otherwise go largely unchanged from the 8.9-inch, dual-core Tegra 2 model about to reach multiple countries.

Simultaneous with the rumor is talk that Google is preventing manufacturers from upgrading any Android 2.x devices to 3.0. Reflecting its decision not to share 3.0 source early due to the lack of phone support, the company requires that OEMs reach a separate licensing deal and makes them launch with 3.0 from the start. The move would lead to the HTC Flyer shipping in most countries with 3.0 already installed. If true, however, it could also lead to early Flyer and Evo View 4G buyers being trapped on 2.3 or similar for the rest of the device's life.

Its move would be harsh but would likely be meant to prevent a rash of poor experiences with Android 3.0. Many companies eager to piggyback on the iPad's success rushed out Android 2.x tablets that either don't have enough performance to run Android 3.0 or had their hardware and software interfaces designed solely around the older OS. The dual-core Tegra 2 is considered the semi-official baseline for Android 3.0, and future devices may need either a fast single-core chip or future dual-core chips to work smoothly.

By Electronista Staff


  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    Gotta love...

    ...Google's "open-source" software, huh?!


  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    The grave just got deeper

    isn't it?

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I'll bet the Droidtards are seething although

    there are probably very few who bought early Android tablets and won't be able to upgrade them to Honeycomb. It appears the Galaxy Tab 1 will be locked at Android 2.x for the rest of its short life. I think Google is wise to start at a dual-core reference model for Honeycomb and Flash. I'm willing to bet that most Android smartphones are also going to be locked at Android 2.x, maybe even the current dual-core models. The Droidtards are always laughing about only Apple creating planned obsolescence for users, but now Google is creating a similar but necessary situation.

    I'm a true believer that if a platform needs to advance, just leave the old one behind and start from scratch. In a few years even the most diehard users will forget the old platform ever existed. I've been in the computer industry over thirty years and I don't concern myself with the past. Times change, platforms change and its better for me if I change with it.

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