Sleep, wake, and reboot issues are the latest problem for Android tablets

July 19, 2011 | by Charles West

Toshiba Tablets

Andy Rubin Motorola Honeycomb Tablet

When I’m not reading the latest and greatest from Androinica, I’m usually reading not just the articles of certain publications, but the comment section of those same publications. What you’ll find in the comment section is a real world reaction that goes way beyond what you would read in any article.

That said, I’ve been reading about a lot of disgruntled Android tablet users when it comes to this weird sleep/wake/reboot issue – I myself have experienced with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. When I first experienced this issue, and had to force a restart to fix it, it was head scratching to say the least. It’s a problem that continues to this very day, and apparently, this is a problem that is becoming prevalent in the latest tablet from Honeycomb (version 3.1).

You can now add the recently released Toshiba Thrive to the list of tablets suffering from the sleep/wake/reboot bug. An alarming amount of bug reports cropping up over at the outfit’s own site. Thrive owners are suggesting that their devices are having a hard time coming out of Sleep mode without a full, hard reboot, and some are even suggesting that it’ll turn on itself on occasion. This doesn’t sound good.

What is causing these annoying bug issues? I won’t pretend to act as if I know why, but this leads me to believe it could be an manufacturing problem. If Sammy and Toshiba are going through these issues and Motorola isn’t, that would make it sort of self explanatory, right?

For it’s part, Toshiba has acknowledged the problem and is working on a fix according to

“We are aggressively working to implement a fix that resolves this issue and will push an update as soon as possible. Separate from the Resume issue, Toshiba will push an update to enhance the multi-tasking capabilities of the device within the next 48 hours. As a general practice, Toshiba recommends users download the latest system updates.”

Either way, this isn’t good for Google. This is a poor representation of what its Honeycomb OS is all about — and once again spotlights the cancer that is fragmentation. The problem doesn’t exactly help consumer confidence in Toshiba or Samsung for that matter, but in Android tablets in general — as it tries to compete against the behemoth that is Apple’s iPad.

What do you guys think? Is it a manufacturing issue or could it be a Honeycomb issue causing the annoying sleep/wake/reboot bug? As always, please drop us a comment.