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Google's Android Tablets: The Achilles Heel


The closest you can get to an Android tablet that will have all of these apps, is to buy either the Samsung Galaxy Mega from AT&T (T) or the Sony (SNE) Xperia Ultra. They are 6.3- and 6.4-inch "phablets" respectively.

For some reason, all of these Android apps work just fine on these 6.3- and 6.4-inch devices. However, if you have a 7-inch Android tablet such as the Nexus 7, or any of the numerous 8, 9 and 10 inch Android tablets made by Samsung and others, these apps won't install.

This is an insane and artificial difference. Some of us want to use a tablet as a phone, the device which we carry in our hand when we walk out the door. Today we are effectively forced to use the iPad, despite otherwise being inside the Google ecosystem.

Whose fault is this? There are two possibilities, not entirely mutually exclusive:

Possibility #1: Obviously, the app makers themselves could remedy this situation, simply by making their apps available for Android tablets voluntarily, ceasing the arbitrary discrimination against Android tablets in favor of the iPad. Shouldn't there be a law against this senseless and arbitrary discrimination?

Possibility #2: Google could put a stop against this if they just wanted to. Google could simply demand that if you want to have an app in the Google Play Store, for the Android smartphones, you must also make it downloadable for the Android tablets as well.

Google wonders why its market share in tablets is lower than in smartphones, the mirror image of Apple's situation. This is why.

This is an easy fix for Google and the companies who make Android apps. All it takes is for Google to enforce some simple non-discrimination rules that it could impose. The result would be that people didn't have to buy an iPad in order to have a fully-functioning tablet when they walk out the door.

At the time of publication the author was long GOOG and AAPL.

This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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