Not all tablets with Android OS are adapted for Android Market
Google affirmed recently that it may not allow all tablet manufacturers to add the Android Market app store to their Android tablets.
The company is preparing to release the expected Android 3.0 Gingerbread that should be a tablet-optimized version of Android OS. The next optimized OS for tablets that has a place on the list will be the Android 3.5 Honeycomb, which could arrive in the second quarter of 2011.
One example of tablet that runs the Android OS is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which will be upgraded to Android 3.0 Gingerbread later this year.
“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 optimized for use on tablets,” Hugo Barra declared
To be sure the user experience on Android devices is the best, Google created a Compatibility Test Suite for handset manufacturers to ensure that devices will fit any criteria. Only if the device will pass this test, it will have access to Android Market.
“We’re concerned that users will get a good experience at the end of the day. You can have Android Market if it leads to a good implementation. We have to make sure that every device meets the criteria for a good experience for Android Market,” Hugo said.
Update: Are you curious what is the criteria Google requires for a tablet to install the Android Market? because we found out
The minimum requirements are an accelerometer, Wi-Fi, and phone capabilities. That’s why the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak both have Android Market access and other tablets like Archos 101 and Augen GenTouch78 don’t.