Fierce Wireless is reporting this morning that Hugo Barra, the director for mobile products at Google has told TechRadar in no uncertain terms that the latest iteration of Android, 2.2, Froyo, is not optimized for tablets. As we all know the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the most sought after device at the recent IFA convention, will be shipping with Android 2.2 and access to Google’s Android Market.
Barra said “But the way Android Market works is it’s not going to be avaialable on devices that don’t allow applications to run correctly.” he went on to tell TechRadar “Which devices do and which don’t will be unit specific, but Froyo is not optmized for use on tablets…”
The next two versions of Android, presumably 2.3 “Gingerbread” and 3.0 “Honeycomb” will be better optimized for the tablet experience. Barra also said ” We want to make sure that we’re going to create an applicatoin distribution mechanism for the Android Market to ensure our users have the right experience”
While attending the IFA convention JK Shin, President of Samsung Mobile, told reporters in the Q&A after being asked by Thedroidguy.com, that there will be a honeycomb tablet as part of a tablet portfolio. WP Wong told a closed group of reporters that they were working with the top developers of android applications that they were working on optimization for the Galaxy Tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab’s that were on display at the IFA convention were full working versions of the tablet running Android 2.2, Froyo, and had access to the market. Both Shin and Wong did confirm that the Galaxy Tab will be upgradeable to 3.0 at a later date. No carrier partnerships have been announced for the United States however we are expecting a late October to early November release.