Google to relent and finally let tablets get the Android Market?

Liliputing is reporting that the Android Market may well be on its way to Android tablets like the Archos 5 and 7, and the Camangi WebStation.  In the beginning, the Market was distributed to devices that bore the “with Google” stamp of approval but this may be a harbinger to the Chrome OS tablet as well.

Has Google cracked the code of various form factors and screen sizes?  Possibly, but this move certainly cannot hurt their chances of Android 2.1/2.2 and beyond getting on more and more devices.  Remember, it’s a pure numbers game with installs and activations right now and Android has just started to gain ground in emerging markets.

  • Dianne

    I don't know anything about this particular article, but the restrictions on including Market in such devices are mostly not due to screen size (I think they fall in the large screen size that has been a compatible screen size since 1.6), but other things they lack — camera, GPS, etc. The hardware requirements have been gradually relaxing (for example as of 2.0 I believe telephony is no longer required), but this is being done slowly to avoid inflicting too many *real* fragmentation issues on developers.

  • It would be very easy for Google to filter apps based on hardware features. There is no excuse for Google not yet providing the Google Marketplace officially to tablets.

  • Good strategy from Google 🙂

  • google is very smart.