SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - 'Tablets' section returns on official Android website

Jun 06, 2018, 12:51
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - 'Tablets' section returns on official Android website

Manually typing in the URL for the Tablets took you back to the homepage.

With regards to the iterations of the Android software that have been released so far, very few of them can be considered tablet-specific.

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As explained by Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, the disappearance of the tablet section on the Android site was not intentional. The Tablets section went missing. Before it was removed, the section presented information on certain tablets like the Shield, the Galaxy Tab S2 and the Sony Xperia tablet. All of these have long since disappeared from retail channels. It's the second major Google service that has received its own lightweight web app since December past year. OEMs started producing a lot of premium and cheap tablets and over-saturation will, of course, lead to non-profitability. The most prolific maker is Huawei, though this is only partially relevant for the United States, as availability of Huawei products has been somewhat uneven given recent political turmoil. But based on Google's previous gestures, it's highly likely that the company has already said goodbye to Android tablets.

Users can now add Google Photos to their home screen on Android or their desktop if Google Chrome is installed.

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One of the most popular smartphone operating system Android is entering into its ten years. According to a recent report, the tablets market touched a new low last quarter, with only only 33 million units shipped.

Android P is also not available for Google's Nexus line up of devices and instead supports just the Pixel range of smartphones. And the strong investment Google is placing in Chromebooks make them a solid alternative.

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Yesterday - following the sudden and unexplained disappearance of the Tablets section of the Android website - we, like many others, wondered if Google was walking away from tablets completely.

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