Originally Posted by AustinChief
It will be less than a year. The problem with saying this app store is bigger etc etc.. is that once you hit a critical mass, it doesn't matter. If there are 500 useful apps in the world, an app store with 50000 is no better than an app store with 5000. I would say 6 months and you can get any app you really need for an Android tablet.
The BIG advantage the Android tablets will have is with games. I really can't imagine wanting to play games on a tablet... but the hardware and OS are far more suited to game play.
I'm also a big supporter of whoever said, "You don't need an app for the web.", even more so on tablet form. I haven't spent enough time with the Honeycomb browser, but I've heard good things. That would be a good improvement alone for Honeycomb. I don't have any desire to have an app for every website I ever want to visit.
Honeycomb, and Android in general, needs to improve on multimedia. I guess there is some speculation that Google wants to "cloud" the service, and so is having a hard time getting agreement from the copyright holders. They might hit some resistance from their manufacturers too. Will Samsung be willing to ditch the "Media Hub" for a Google branded service.
But really, people bitch about iTunes, but what's the alternative being delivered for mass use? If I'm sitting with my Xoom, and want to watch an episode of some TV show, what do I do? To me, that's essential functionality. On the iPad, you pull up the iTunes Market, use the Netflix app, use the Hulu app, etc... What do you do with Android? And again, how has Google not addressed this yet?
Parity will come eventually, but again, only if Honeycomb can gain a market share large enough to bring developers in. With cell phones, that wasn't a huge issue as you had Verizon, Tmobile, and Sprint all looking for alternatives to the iPhone. Android was always going to gain a market share there by default. The same doesn't work with tablets.
And for god's sake, please hire some developers to create some awesome apps to show off your new operating system, or partner with other companies and give early access to the SDK. And no, Google Body doesn't count.