Samsungs Galaxy Tab slate device might offer a similar value proposition as its high-profile rival, the iPad, but it wont have the same applications proposition at least not at first. The Android 2.2 (Froyo)-powered device wont run apps from the Android Market very well, a Google Inc. exec said.
Hugo Barra, Googles director of mobile products, told TechRadar that Froyo is not optimized for use on tablets,” and added that as such, apps from the Android Market will simply not run correctly. He said that Google is working on a different approach to enable tablets to tap Android Market.
The manufacturer officially launched the slate gadget at an event Thursday night in New York City. The gadget will ship within a few weeks, and will be carried by AT&T Inc., Sprint-Nextel Corp., T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, which each will craft their own subsidy pricing and data-plan packages. There will also be an unlocked Wi-Fi-only version, which the company said is coming soon.”
Its a little smaller than the iPad, coming in at 7-inches, and it weighs about half as much. It carries about 16GB of memory, and will allow up to seven hours of continuous video playback. Unlike the Apple offering, it has a 3-megapixel, rear-facing camera on board, and a made-for-video-chat 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. It will also come with a car dock for large-screen GPS navigation and more.
The idea behind tablets are for them to be additive devices not a replacement for a PC or a mobile phone, but a multimedia device for use primarily within the home or for commutes to stream video, play games, surf the Web and the like. Thus, the applications issue might be a gating factor for the sleek device one of many tablets that are expected in the coming months. Apple faced a similar optimization issue with the iPad but addresses it by offering a separate SDK for developers to write iPad-specific apps for the App Store.
While the Android Market may not yield much for the Tab right away, it will support Adobe Flash (beating the iPad on the functionality front again), and it will have integrated software called Media Hub, for on-demand movie and TV rental and downloads. It also has built in widgets like Social Hub for social media and Daily Briefing for news.