Viewsonic’s G-tablet has gotten off to a rather bumpy start in the U.S., with Staples pulling the product from its shelves due to what the office supply chain referred to as a “manufacturing defect.” Not so fast, says Viewsonic. The company has now issued a press release stating that manufacturing isn’t the problem.
Rather, it’s a software thing. In the release, Viewsonic’s Jeff Volpe states “our software partner is releasing an upgrade that will address customer concerns. Along with great performance improvements, customers will have the flexibility to use both a standard Android interface as well as a user-customizable interface which has been significantly enhanced since the product launch.” The update will be delivered to current owners via Wi-Fi sometime before December 24th. Proper Flash support, however, won’t be arriving until next month. Adobe has yet to certify a version for the Tegra 2, though they’ve now promised to do so by the end of January 2011.
Viewsonic marketing VP Adam Hanin also told Engadget that part of the problem is Android’s current lack of real tablet support, saying manufacturers must “go out and put together their own software and app stores.” That seems like a pretty flimsy excuse, considering it’s a safe bet that no one at Google forced Viewsonic release an Android 2.2 tablet.