LG puts tablet on hold; will wait for future Android version


While LG has been on an Android run lately, they’re temporarily hitting the brakes on their tablet effort, purportedly the Optimus Pad.

An unnamed LG official is quoted as saying, “We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version … We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.”

While interesting, the statement could mean some very different things. For one, it could mean that Google themselves are suggesting that LG (and maybe other manufacturers) hold off on tablets until they can work with a newer version that caters to larger screens and touch-typing, for example. Or, it could mean that LG are discouraged with Android’s current state and think they need to have a better product that will stand out in the oncoming flood of tablets. If it’s the former, it would imply that Google is actively helping manufacturers when it comes to tablets, and that we can expect a flagship device (better marketed and distributed than the Nexus One, I hope) to directly take on the iPad. At the moment, that’s all conjecture and guess, obviously, by someone eagerly awaiting Gingerbread and Honeycomb.

via Reuters by way of MobileBurn

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