tablets with form-factors of approximately 10-inches and larger (such
as the iPad), Google says its best solution for this year at least is
going to be Chrome
OS. Chrome OS tablets are expected to launch this
fall.Some are looking to jump the gun and potentially try to
get Android 2.2 "Froyo" tablets to market. Google
says that it may disallow such designs the ability to use its Android
Market app marketplace. Hugo Barra, director of
mobile products at Google states,
"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."Which
devices do, and which don't will be unit specific, but Froyo is not
optimized 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." While
it may be disappointing to some that Google is not currently allowing
Android tablets (by and large) to access the Android Market, it makes
sense somewhat. After all, Apple, who ignited the tablet craze,
has a dedicated section of its App Store exclusively for distributing
iPad apps.When it comes to app store bans, Google may go easy
on mobile internet devices (MIDs) such as the Samsung
Galaxy Tab. These typically 5-inches or 7-inch devices
aren't quite phones, but aren't quite full-size tablets either.
Samsung has said the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, which will soon launch
(3G/4G) and Verizon
(3G only) will run on Android 2.2. It
seems unlikely that Google will deny Tab users access to the
marketplace.Samsung's head of mobile communications, J.K.
Shin, also leaked some more big Android news at the IFA
2010 trade show in Germany. He revealed that
the next version of Android following Android
3.0 "Gingerbread" will be Android 3.5
"Honeycomb".Google reportedly will implement a more
tablet friendly set of APIs for Gingerbread and Honeycomb.
Samsung's competitor Motorola has already announced its intention
to launch a 10-inch iPad-competitor with "Gingerbread"
early next year. Likewise Mr. Shin says that 10-inch
"Gingerbread" and "Honeycomb" tablets should
arrive from his company next year.
quote: Google should impose some sort of unified front.
quote: Where exactly do you think they are heading?Gingerbread will supposively be the end of custom ui's like sense, and whatever crap companies like Sony Ericsson put out..At that point the ball is in Googles court, they will be able to update the OS independently of carriers and other third parties. This will surely help fragmentation on Android devices (which Google is definitely aware of). I expect such support to be available in the next few releases. (and even if its not in Gingerbread, no custom ui's will mean Carriers will have little excuse to hold up updates)At some point though, a lot of power is going to be taken away from the carriers, and considering the only other OEM alternative in the coming months is also taking the same approach (Win phone 7), it looks like this is going to be the norm going forward, whether the carriers like it or not. (which is a good thing for consumers)
quote: Trying to make the claim that carriers/OEM's need the ability to differentiate their products with customs UI's is ridiculous (and sounds like something a telco exec would say). There are many ways to differenciate your product. How about carriers having more competitive pricing/perhaps free feature apps if you signed onto their service (maybe free TV or something). On the OEM end, product design, components, look etc etc all have the same effect. Do you really think Motorola having a stupid Motorola interface truly impacts sales?
quote: I'll take that any day over a little extra choice
quote: So... you are saying that by locking into one carrier for years Apple was breaking the power of the carriers? Makes sense.
quote: Those rules were anti competitive., monopolistic BS, that only works to your advantage if you have a stable monopoly.
quote: So then, they gave AT&T a crapload of "power" by getting into an exclusive agreement with them, so that in the rest of the world they would lead a high and mighty campaign?
quote: Apple doesn't care about anything but profit. If they did, their products wouldn't have absurdly high profit margins.
quote: What "power" (other than having the iPhone exclusive for a set period) did Apple give ATT?
quote: There are no craplets, no tweaked UIs, no obligatory bundled carrier services . In short none of the usual carrier crap.
quote: Blocking a number of streaming apps from operating over 3G entirely at the request of AT&T. They did later reverse this decision, but it never should have happened in the first place if they want to claim independence from carrier control.
quote: The result was that Apple gained an unprecedented amount of control over the iPhone, its content and the whole user experience.
quote: Many of my friends have been upgrading firmware and installing applications on their Nokia and Sony-Ericsson phones for years, here in Europe. So I'm not quite sure which one is the "unprecedented" part.
quote: By the way current Android 2.2 adoption is a pathetic 4.5%
quote: even though a more than capable Android 3 is right on the Horizon that could easily surpass the iPad.