Sanjay Jha speaking at a Deutsche Bank Technology Conference in San Francisco this week confirmed last month’s rumor that Motorola doesn’t intend to release an Android tablet until at least early next year.
The word we received last month was that they were going into a holding pattern until a more tablet friendly version of Android (Gingerbread? Honeycomb?) is ready for prime time. Considering Google’s own assertion that Froyo isn’t meant for tablets this probably isn’t the worst move, although it is definitely ceding an even greater first mover advantage to the iPad and now the Galaxy Tab.
I will only develop a tablet if it is sufficiently compelling,…Hopefully, that is early next year.Dr. Sanjay K. JhaCo-CEO, Motorola
Now the use of “develop” is without question a simple slip of the tongue as they must already have a tablet in the works even if it won’t see the light of day for several months, but it is a little disheartening to see Jha so unsure of when this will be available to consumers. Perhaps he’s just a little gun shy after his reported statement earlier this summer that they would deliver a 2GHz smartphone this year.
While I hate waiting for these rumored tablets as much as the rest of you, I’m encouraged by Motorola not rushing in this case. My main reason for this is that the more Google manages to optimize Android for tablets the less Motorola or anyone else will have to do their own tweaking of the OS (not that that guarantees that they won’t screw with it anyway). With Samsung already making reference to Honeycomb being for “a different kind of tablet experience” it makes me a little nervous about the upgrade path for tablets launched prior to Google baking in their tablet optimizations.
Are you holding out for Google to give their official “tablet ready” stamp of approval on Android or are you ready to pick up whatever the cream of the crop is in the next couple months?