Don’t hold your breath waiting on an LG Android tablet, as the South Korean mobile maker has scrapped a planned device running Android 2.2 (Froyo), presumably in favor of a more tablet-friendly OS.
“We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version … We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2,” an unnamed LG official told Reuters.
The move by LG is the latest example that the current Android version is not optimized for tablets. Last month, Google mobile product director Hugo Barra said as much, claiming, “Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets.” He added, “If you want Android market on that platform, the apps just wouldn’t run, It [Froyo] is just not designed for that form factor.”
Speculation suggests that LG could wait on Android 3.0 (Gingerbread), which rumors indicates will support higher screen resolutions than Froyo, offer an improved UI and work well with tablet-specific hardware. Froyo and previous versions of Android are smartphone operating systems and were designed specifically for the smaller form factor.
LG Not Alone
LG joins Motorola on the sidelines, a company that also expressed reluctance to enter the Android tablet fray this year. “We want to make sure that any tablet that we deliver is competitive in the marketplace, and I think all of us will make sure that we will only deliver that when that occurs,” Motoroal CEO Sanjay Jha recently said at an investors’ conference.
Many Android tablets currently run Froyo, but they either have low screen resolutions for their size or lack access to the Android Market. Google will not grant Market access to devices that do not meet certain criteria, including the ability to properly run apps. “The way Android Market works is it’s not going to be available on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly,” said Barra.