Android Market — Camera, Compass Required

archos_lead_w500ARCHOS is pushing the envelope where its Android Internet Tablets are concerned. Putting the phone OS on a web tablet is an interesting use of the Android platform, and early reviews of the devices are starting to trickle out onto the web. When ARCHOS first announced the tablets, it also pushed its own app store to carry programs more appropriate for the tablet format. I wondered at the logic behind that decision, and information coming out now makes me wonder if the company had no choice in the matter of opening a special store. According to one review (linked above), Google would not allow the Android Market to be included on the tablets due to their lack of both a camera and an integrated compass.

“Without a camera or a compass Google wouldn’t give the green light to this product so don’t expect any Market Place action.”

This is the first I’ve heard of this requirement by Google, and since many enterprises won’t allow phones with cameras to come on-site, this could be a factor in Android adoption for them.

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