Though Android is already available on many tablets, and Samsung is also launching the Galaxy Tab next month, which will sport Android 2.2 Froyo, Google hadn’t officially commented yet about the use of Android in tablets.
However, it was clear that they didn’t endorse the use of Android on tablets, evident by the launch of Chrome OS. They were also reportedly working on a tablet powered by Chrome OS with HTC and Verizon.
The next versions of the Android OS, Gingerbread and Honeycomb will be much better suited to the tablet form factor than Froyo, but according to Google, Android isn’t optimised for tablets.
“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 optimised 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.” said Hugo Barra, Director of Products for Mobile, Google.
Most tablets don’t support Android Market though the Galaxy Tab does. Even without the complete backing of Google, Android will probably remain a popular choice for a tablet OS. If Chrome OS fails to make an impact, Google may be forced to work on Android as a tablet OS.