Is Google hedging its bets against the upcoming crop of Android tablets?
It sounds to me like Google isn’t impressed with the “official Android” experience on a lot of these new tablets coming out and that they think their upcoming Gingerbread OS might be better suited to tablets. Specifically, Android apps haven’t been built yet for the new 1024×600 screens that a lot of these devices will be supporting. From Barra’s statement, it sounds like those are coming however.
In a way, it is the equivalent of what iPhone apps looked like when they are opened on an iPad. Apple (AAPL) was able to get developers to ramp up to iPad specific apps pretty quickly, however.
Nevertheless, the statement is still bad timing for all of the companies like Samsung, Toshiba and Viewsonic who have Android 2.2 tablets coming out in the coming months.