“Hopefully you weren’t sitting on the Android tablet sidelines, patiently waiting for Lenovo’s options,” Matt Burns reports for CrunchGear. “Yeah, it’s not going to happen anytime soon.”
Burns reports, “The company’s COO recent stated that the Lenovo’s US-market tablet will not be based around the Android 2.2 Froyo release, but rather Honeycomb. Therefore, if Google pushes back Honeycomb, Lenovo’s tablet will obviously have to suit. This puts the tablet on schedule for a Summer 2011 release — or rather a few months into the iPad 2′s life.”
Burns reports, “While the Android tablet was delayed, the Windows 7 flavor is simply canceled and for good reason too. Lenovo’s director of new technology, Howard Locker, nailed it by saying, ‘The challenge with Windows 7 is that it’s based on the same paradigm as 1985—it’s really an interface that’s optimized for a mouse and keyboard. It has to be optimized for touch. How do you do that?'”
So, Windows 7 does not really work on tablets and neither does Windows Phone 7. So what is MS strategy? At least Google is giving them something.
But, as I mentioned yesterday and Apple demonstrated today, having a unified OS for everything means that innovations on one can be moved easily to the other. So users of the iPhone will be able to use the OS on a desktop without having to completely change learned behavior. It opens up the possibility for developers that an app can be created relatively easily that can run on hundreds of millions of devices.
Here is what Jobs said the other day about the difficulty of just developing for Android on cell phones:
Twitter client, Twitter Deck, recently launched their app for Android. They reported that they had to contend with more than 100 different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets. The multiple hardware and software iterations present developers with a daunting challenge. Many Android apps work only on selected Android handsets running selected Android versions. And this is for handsets that have been shipped less than 12 months ago. Compare this with iPhone, where there are two versions of the software, the current and the most recent predecessor to test against.
But none of that can be easily moved to the PC because MS controls that venue. Google really has no entry there for developers of Android.
And, as Jobs mentioned, most of the developer’s time is spent testing the software rather than writing it.
Apple announced today that FaceTime, an app it only launched a couple of months ago, will not be available for desktops and laptops. This rapid development cycle derives from the fact that iOS and OS X are essentially the same under the hood.
Or the easy creation of multitouch on the desktop, based on iOS devices. Or instant on in the new Airs, based on iPad technology.
Apple has created a system where innovations on one form factor can be easily moved into others, whether those innovations are hardware or software. No one else can do this.
They can not even compete with the iPad, much less the iPhone, iPod Touch, Macbook Air, or OS X.
This is what happens when you have an adaptive company .