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.

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

4 replies on “Viewsonic G-Tablet does not suffer from manufacturing defect, says maker”

  1. I have owned the g tablet for a couple of weeks now. I do like using it a lot, I grab my tablet before using my computer anymore. I haven’t rooted it or put on a custom rom but I did install the update from viewsonic. The tap n tap UI does slow it down but hasn’t been a horrible experience. I’m really happy to see viewsonic standing by their product and continuing to update it. I’ve even installed flash from the link on there website and it works great. Can’t wait for the update.

  2. “t’s a safe bet that no one at Google forced Viewsonic release an Android 2.2 tablet.”

    I do not fully agree with that statement. Most of the sales of this kind of gadgets do happen during the holiday season, so manufacturers HAVE TO release their products before December. The problem is more Google ignoring this important commercial deadline IMHO

  3. It makes sense that Viewsonic is capable and eager to improve their software to meet expectations for the g tablet which has impeccable hardware specs. When Staples pulled their g tablet, I nevertheless ordered mine from Amazon having confidence the Tap-n-Tap interface would be diligently modified by Viewsonic, and that with an Andorid 2.3 the tablet would only get better and most likely able to handle upcoming Honeycomb.

  4. Love my GTab! Rooted and running TnT Lite 2.4.0 and it is solid as a rock and FAST.

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