Sep 17 AT 12:00 PM Sean Riley 11 Comments

Motorola hopes to get Android tablet to market early 2011

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?

Via: Phandroid

Source: AFP

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website William Furr

    As quickly as Google has been able to iterate on Android since launch, I’m really surprised it’s taking so long for them to release a tablet-optimised version. I can only suspect that the holdup is some kind of secret deal with a hardware maker in order to make a splash with a device+os combination announcement.

    In the meantime, too many of their partners are going to be left out in the cold trying to make tablets with Froyo or earlier builds of Android or using Android as a base for their own custom branch (ala Notion Ink).

  • Deter

    As excited as I am to get a tablet of the Android variety, I must admit that Motorola is doing the right thing in waiting for a tablet friendly version of the OS to be released. If the OS and therefore the apps are not going to work properly, it would really hurt customers’ opinion of the device, and moreover the company as a whole. I have a brother who still refuses to buy anything Samsung after being burned by his Glyde. Motorola may not get the credit for being in the first wave of Android tablets, but by waiting, they may end up avoiding the stigma of producing a glitchy and offensive one.

  • http://Website Daniel

    An Android tablet depends far too much on external events, so it makes perfect sense not to have an answer on when it will happen. What if Google delays Android 3.0 (or rushes it out like they did for 2.0)? What if even then it still sucks for tablets? There are too many bad tablets on the market already, I certainly wouldn’t want to be responsible for the next one.

  • Im kind of on the fence when it comes to tablets right now I know they have a place in the market but Im waiting for something to knock my socks off so to speak. Lets hope motorolla or HTC can do that. I dont think there will be any game changer tablets until 2011.

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    Hey Sanjay stop with the new products and take care of your existing customers and get out an update to the Cliq’s outdated 1.5 OS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Lol, watch them release it running android 1.5

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    I bet they will release it with android 2.1os. Fake promises with android 3.0os in early q2 2011

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    I bet this will have android 1.5 Running Motoblur at 455mhz. With no updates EVER.

  • taras

    Motorola promise the earth but their legendarily bad customer service (especially outside the US, especially among early adopters) is getting them a bad rep. And they don’t seem to realise it’ll kill their sales.

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