Tablet section was removed from the Android website by mistake
- Author: Latoya Cobb Jun 06, 2018,
Jun 06, 2018, 12:52
Google also hasn't really bothered updating the Pixel C Tablet since it was first launched and with Google keeping mum on Android on tablets, it nearly feels like they've given up. While initial models of the device were Wi-Fi only, an HSPA+ variant of the tablet with 32GB of onboard storage became available in October that same year. We haven't seen a tablet release from a major OEM for some time now, and it's not really surprising since Google barely acknowledges its existence anyway.
Google has removed the tablet section of its Android website. So don't worry, you will still be able to see in a larger screen size. Now, if you try to visit the URL for the tablet page, it kicks you back to the main Android site.
However, tablet sales declining as a whole does not have to mean people are less interested in buying them.
Is there still a place for tablets running the Android OS?
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. That is not a insane idea, because there is not much tension in the tablet market. The Tablets section reappeared in short order, though it retained the same aging content as before it was removed. Over the course of last eight years, the company pulled out several stops to ensure that its tablets gain traction.
Google tried to jump into a competitive tablet market featuring products such as the Apple iPad, Microsoft Surface Pro, Samsung Galaxy tablet, and Asus ZenPad 3S 10 and couldn't keep up with the competition.
There seems little room for Android and Chrome OS to coexist on the same form factor, especially with native support for Android apps being baked directly into Chrome OS.
Android on tablets has been a hit and miss affair since the early days of Android. So the disenchantment with Android tablets began.