Why so few apps for Android 3.0 Honeycomb?

By Peter Chubb - Jul 4, 2011

When it comes to the success of the iPad and how other tablets such as Android are unable to mount a decent challenge, it does not take a huge study to realize just what the issue is. No it is not the lack of hardware, as there are now more Android tablet releases; no it is due to the fact that there are so few apps being released for Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

We have to wonder why this is, as Google and partners HTC, Motorola and Samsung have done all they can to ensure that they have the hardware in place, as well as a decent mobile OS. So how come they overlook the most important feature, apps? You would have assumed that Google would have pushed developers to update applications on the Android Market so that they would be compatible.

The first Android tablet to support Honeycomb was the Motorola Xoom, and once that was released an influx of supported apps were expected to follow. However, Computer World seemed shocked that this did not happen, and that we still await more decent supported apps.

To give you an idea at just how bad this is, and how it could have a serious affect on the tablet market, the iPad now has 100,000 apps that are supported, and that list just keeps getting bigger. The release of more Android 3.0 Honeycomb is almost non-existent.

One of the main reasons is how Honeycomb has been designed to work with larger displays. Now developers know that they can get around this issue, but they say that it will take too much investment, something that would eat into their profit margins and not make it worth their while in the first place.

Now there are some apps out there that do not take much updating to support the new OS, but others which use both graphics and text seem to struggle, as the developers cannot find a common ground to get both to work.

We had assumed that the Xoom would have been the best selling tablet, but the lack of supported apps has to be playing its part in poor sales, as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer has sold more units. Do not get too excited, as the figure is just 100,000 since launch back on March 30th. Now not to go into too much detail, we expect that the iPad 2 sold more units than that on its first date of release. Android developers and Google had better get their act together soon, as they currently have no hope of repeating the success on the tablet market as they have on the smartphone market.

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