Tablet section was removed from the Android website by mistake

Tablet section was removed from the Android website by mistake

Tablet section was removed from the Android website by mistake

These days, even at their fireside chat recently at Google I/O, the Android team seemed somewhat loathe to give a clear idea of what was on the cards for Android tablets. Also, we could see this as Google's aim towards turning the OS into a smartphone-focused one only. It was immediately considered to be the final straw that will break the Android tablet camel's back. After a keen user tweeted to Google's SVP for Platforms & Ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer about the missing link, he replied, clarifying things.

Prior to Google removing the Tablets section, it listed devices sporting pretty old hardware, such as the Nvidia Shield Tablet and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. The page is back online and the tablets are now available on the official Android website as if nothing ever happened. Thus, if Apple just adapted for tablets iOS, Google created for them the whole operating system. It might have acquiesced to the form factor after it gained popularity, but it might have never planned on it nor was it married to the idea. Over the course of last eight years, the company pulled out several stops to ensure that its tablets gain traction. Since then, other first-party tablets have come and gone, including the Nexus 9 that was put out to pasture in 2016 and the more recent Pixel C ultimately removed from sale at the end of 2017. Reports mention that the company will be launching an improved iPad Pro this year, besides new iPhone.

Google, however, wasn't simply turning a blind eye. The major concern, as aforementioned was that if the search engine giant had abandoned the support of Android OS for supports as this could have led to the slowdown of updates and development and with it, the overall performance - which could be a problem for the manufacturers. Provided you have Chrome installed on your device, the PWA will run like any native app, without the need to open the browser.

A full-fledged Google Photos PWA will ideally enable users to upload photos directly from Android apps and perhaps provide notifications for automated creations as well. With Google's disinterest in Android slates, it's hard to see how partners like Samsung and Asus can keep making them.

Related news