Sprint says Galaxy Tab still under development

Reacting to concerns over applications with Froyo, Sprint says it will offer "best possible user experience"

A Sprint Nextel spokesman said late Friday that the Galaxy Tab with the Android Froyo operating system is still under development, and suggested that reported problems with running Android apps would be fixed before the device is released this fall.

A Google executive and two industry analysts have said that the Galaxy Tab will not render apps downloaded from Android Market or won't render them properly because the Galaxy runs Froyo, also known as Android 2.2. That OS is not optimized for tablet computers, and was designed for the smaller screens on smartphones , the Google executive and the analysts have said.

But the Sprint spokesman said there's time to further develop the Galaxy with Froyo for full app support.

"From Sprint's perspective, the [Galaxy] product is still in development," said Sprint spokesman Mark Elliott in an interview. "So what it looks like when it becomes available is something we will work very closely with Samsung on as well as software developers of apps to make sure we offer the best possible user experience."

In addition to working with Samsung and developers in coming weeks, Sprint is holding a developer's conference 26-28 October in Santa Clara, Calif., where sessions will be focused on app development for the Galaxy Tab, Elliott said. "We're going to have sessions devoted to this particular device becauses it's new and different and we'll make sure developers have the best possible apps, " he said. "What we are trying to offer is the best possible customer experience, and that's a combination of hardware and software and the apps that come with Galaxy [as well as downloaded apps]."

With the developer sessions so late in October, it appears likely that Sprint won't be releasing the Galaxy until early November, although Sprint would not comment on a release date. Samsung on Thursday announced that Sprint is one of four major U.S. carriers that will launch the tablet this fall. The others are Verizon Wireless, AT&T and T-Mobile. A Verizon spokeswoman would not comment on the concerns raised about the Galaxy's ability to run apps properly.

Google, Samsung, T-Mobile and AT&T could not be reached for comment.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags telecommunicationapplicationsMobile and WirelessMobile Apps and ServicesPhonessprint nextelsoftwareMobile operating systemsmobileconsumer electronicsGooglesmartphonesMobile OSes

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Matt Hamblen

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Essentials

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?