When talking about their new Optimus range of smartphones over the last few months, LG have been casually mentioning the existence of a tablet computer too. Proving these were more than just rumours, LG even showed a slide at a recent dealer event picturing the Optimus Pad, along with the words ‘more information to come’ below it.
Well, more information has now arrived, however it’s not exactly what we were expecting. In fact, LG have frozen the Optimus Pad’s development and launch completely, citing problems with the Google Android operating system. An LG official spoke to Reuters and said:
We plan to introduce a tablet that runs on the most reliable Android version. We are in talks with Google to decide on the most suitable version for our tablet and that is not Froyo 2.2.
While Android seems to be fine on a considerable amount of smartphones, the Dell Streak and presumably, the Samsung Galaxy Tab too, LG appear to be waiting for Android 3.0, perhaps hoping to get a head start when the next major update to the OS is released in 2011.
It’s an interesting decision, as the tablet market is at its hottest right now, and introducing a new name a year down the line could be even more problematic, especially if LG’s Android smartphone plans aren’t as successful as they hope. On the other hand, tablet prices should have dropped considerably by the time Android 3.0 comes along, and LG have a history of providing good quality products at highly competitive prices, so perhaps this could work out well for them.
We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, it’s best to forget about the LG Optimus Pad.