Is Google hedging its bets against the upcoming crop of Android 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."
It sounds to me like Google isn't impressed with the "official Android" experience on a lot of these new tablets coming out and that they think their upcoming Gingerbread OS might be better suited to tablets. Specifically, Android apps haven't been built yet for the new 1024x600 screens that a lot of these devices will be supporting. From Barra's statement, it sounds like those are coming however.
In a way, it is the equivalent of what iPhone apps looked like when they are opened on an iPad. Apple (AAPL) was able to get developers to ramp up to iPad specific apps pretty quickly, however.
Nevertheless, the statement is still bad timing for all of the companies like Samsung, Toshiba and Viewsonic who have Android 2.2 tablets coming out in the coming months.
New Android/Cloud products announced to make mobile computing easier
From their San Francisco Offices today, Google announced an update to its Google Voice search.
Did you know that 25% of Android 2.0 search is done by voice? Google plans to expand the use of voice in its Android phones with a new product called 'Voice Actions' inside its new Google Search for Android product, being released today.
The product adds one action SMS, MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 12, 2010 1:19 PM ET
The event will be hosted by Google mobile product management director Hugo Barra.
The invite said that Google will be unveiling a couple of cool new mobile features. Barria comes to Google from Nuance communications, a speech recognition powerhouse, but Google phones already recognize speech. The last event of this sort yielded Turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps (which is awesome).
Another area of intrigue is video calling which Fring has been doing on MORESeth Weintraub - Aug 10, 2010 11:16 PM ET
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