Samsung will beat Motorola to the Android-based tablet computer market with the Galaxy Tab this holiday season. But analysts note Android 2.2 isn't optimized for tablets and wonder whether it will be competitive with Apple's iPad.
When Samsung introduced
its 7-inch Galaxy Tab
at a media event in New York City, it offered
plenty of product specifics but left availability and pricing to the four U.S.
wireless carriers that will offer the device.
The four major U.S.
wireless device carriers-Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile-all
said they plan to sell the tablet this holiday season.
Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha said
this week his company won't deliver a tablet until
early 2011. This means that Samsung is beating Motorola to the Android tablet
Samsung, which lags well behind Motorola in sales of Android -based
smartphones, will have the benefit of a full holiday-selling cycle to give it a
leg up over its U.S.-based competition.
Jha hinted Motorola requires the extra time to make a tablet that is
competitive with Apple's iPad. The suggestion may have been an implication that
Jha believes Samsung's Galaxy Tab isn't ready to compete with the
One major reason for this may be that the Galaxy Tab will run Android 2.2,
the flavor of the OS currently powering many popular smartphones. Google said
itself Android 2.2 is not optimized
for tablets. Archos is also offering
several tablets based on Android 2.2 this month and
All indications are that Motorola is building
a tablet based on Android 3.0, code-named Gingerbread,
which is specially designed to accommodate applications for the larger screen
resolution a tablet affords.
Regardless of what Jha meant or didn't mean, Galaxy Tab will have the
benefit of 2010 holiday sales Motorola won't have. How consumers cotton to the
Samsung gadget is anyone's guess. Analysts offered eWEEK different opinions on