Asus To Launch Proprietary App Store For Android Devices

Asus is keen not to stay behind when it comes to the tablet frenzy and has confirmed that it will be building its own app store as it cannot confirm that its forthcoming tablets will ship with Android 3.0 AKA Honeycomb.

As it stands, Google is only validating Android App Market access for tablets with phone functionality or for those willing to wait for Honeycomb.

The Taiwanese company confirmed to the Inquirer that it will foloow the steps of Toshiba and Archos and circumvent the restriction by coming up with its own app marketplace.

Asus unveiled three tablets at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, the EEE Slider, the EEE transformer and the 7-inch Memo.

All three will come to the UK in the second half of the year and will be for Wi-Fi versions only. 3G models will appear roughly three months later which means that some may be available just in time for Christmas 2011, just before the next CES actually (ed : we hate paper launches).

This raises a few questions; Asus has been one of the pioneers when it comes to netbooks and rose to world domination by delivering new netbooks every month. Why cannot it do it with tablets? Asus builds tablets for others via its OEM/ODM arm, why cannot it do the same for itself.

The Motorola Xoom is already out and comes with Android Honeycomb, why wouldn't Asus have access to operating system already.