updated 01:15 pm EDT, Tue March 29, 2011
Android 3 catalog stuck at 100 apps
A follow-up check by Second Gear developer Justin Williams has revealed Android 3.0's app catalog to have made little progress in the month since launch. About 14 core apps are still truly native, while a total of 50 include both the native apps as well as those phone apps with basic resizing for the larger screen. The view includes Google's featured apps and may miss some titles, but Android Market currently has no simple way to filter for tablet-optimized or tablet-only apps.
Of the current fully native titles, several like the CNN, Pulse, and USA Today apps are ports of iPad versions.
The issue underscores an ongoing issue with app support on Android 3.0 so far that reflects the hastened launch schedule. Google posted the beta SDK just a month before the Xoom shipped and the finished version two days before launch. Outside of certain developers given special access, most have had no more than two months to start and finish their first Android tablet apps.
A lack of devices has also reduced access to hardware. The second wave isn't due to start until the LG Optimus Pad reaches Japan at the end of March, and Samsung's decision to rework the Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the iPad 2's arrival will have pushed it out to June.
Apple was more deliberate with its own tablet plan and gave developers two months' lead time. It started with about 1,000 iPad-native apps already in the App Store and has about 65,000 as of the design's first-year anniversary. The more accommodating development has been key to making inroads into enterprise as well as catering to niches like music production.