LG cans tablet project

South Korean electronics outfit LG has indefinitely postponed the development of its foray into the tablet arena because Google's Android operating system doesn't cut the mustard.

LG told Reuters that the device, which was due to be powered by the forthcoming Adroid 2.2 release more commonly known as Froyo, would be delayed because the open source OS was not suitable for tablets.

That could come as a bit of a blow to the dozens of wannabe OEMs who are currently rolling out iPad-aping devices powered by the smart-phone system.

An LG spokesman 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."

LG was widely expected to unveil its take on the prodable PC at this year's CES in Vegas in January, but now it looks like Samsung's Galaxy will be the first actual hardware to join Apple in the ring.

The Cupertino company stole a march on the tech world when it released the iPad earlier this year, and it now looks likely that Steve Jobs' minions will have a second iteration of the popular gadget on the market before the raft of latecomers, including HP and Blackberry-maker RIM, finally arrive.