With the 2012 holiday season right around the corner, you might be thinking of buying a new tablet for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. You might be considering an Android tablet. And you might be disappointed\u2014by the apps. Here's why.\n\tOn the surface, things are looking great for Android tablets. On Monday, IDC reported that Samsung and Amazon Android tablet sales surged in the third quarter of 2012 while Apple iPad sales slowed. Presumably, potential iPad owners were holding off to see if Apple would release an iPad mini. Even so, there\u2019s no denying Android\u2019s growth in popularity.\n\tMeanwhile, consumers have some sexy new Android tablets to choose from, including Amazon\u2019s Kindle Fire HD models, Google\u2019s Nexus 10 (pictured above), and Samsung\u2019s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.\n\tThere\u2019s just one problem\u2014one that even Google has acknowledged. There simply aren\u2019t very many compelling Android tablet apps.\n\tAt the moment, there are roughly 700,000 Android apps, according to Google. However, Google hasn\u2019t said exactly how many Android apps are optimized to take advantage of a tablet\u2019s screen size. (By comparison, Apple says there are 700,000 iOS apps in total, with about 275,000 native iPad and iPad mini apps.) So it\u2019s anyone\u2019s guess, outside of Google, how many Android tablet-optimized apps exist.\n\tMost apps for Android smartphones will run on tablets, too. But they often look stretched out and unappealing; Facebook on Android is a good example. And many popular iOS apps are also available for Android tablets, such as Evernote, Instapaper, Mint.com, Hulu Plus, various Angry Birds flavors and such. (For more, see \u201cBest Google Nexus 7 Apps: 16 Android-Tablet Downloads, All Free.\u201d)\n\tThat said, when I poke around in Tablified Market HD, an app store that\u2019s specifically focused on Android tablet apps, I feel like I\u2019ve arrived at a party way too early. Sure, there are lots of apps in there. But I don\u2019t get the sense that the "cool crowd" has arrived in full force. And I definitely don\u2019t see apps I want that I couldn\u2019t also get on an iPad.\n\tOver time, this situation will improve\u2014probably sooner than later. Google is actively wooing tablet app developers. By pricing its least expensive tablet, the iPad mini, at $329, Apple has given a lot of potential tablet owners financial incentive to buy a cheaper Android alternative, some of which cost $199 or less. Amazon and Barnes & Noble tablets are also popular among those who love e-books but also want a tablet.\n\tFor the immediate future, though, the allure of an all-purpose Android tablet\u2019s hardware is bound to lead many people to buyer\u2019s remorse, once they see the paucity of great tablet-optimized Android apps. Or put in real estate terms, an Android tablet is like a cool designer house--with very little furniture.