Google unceremoniously removes the tablet section from official Android website

Are Android Tablets Dead? Google Removes Tablet Section From Android Website

One of those reasons is the fact that while there are thousands of apps available on the Google Play Store, very few of them are designed especially for the tablets. 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. The last major tablet device launched by Google was Pixel C in 2015.

The writing may have been on the wall when Google failed to list any tablets among the devices able to access the Android P developer beta, but this surely confirms that Google is done with slates.

Google has yet to address the removal of the tablet section from the Android website, so the move is still open to other interpretations.

Google is still selling a few tablets on its official Android website, although the page briefly disappeared due to some technical issues. The declining interest in Android tablets has been highlighted in a report by Digitimes Research which claimed that 33 million tablets were shipped in the first quarter of 2018.

On Friday, Android Police noticed that the tablet section of the Android website is no longer around. There was also an influx of cheap tablets that weren't that great quality-wise. This pronouncement was complicated somewhat following a tweet by Android senior vice president, Hiroshi Lockheimer, indicating that the removal was the result of a bug that occurred during a website update.

The three tablets now on sale on the official Android website are the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, the Sony Xperia Z4, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0. With its support for Android apps and upcoming support for Linux virtual machines, Chrome OS is shaping up to be more than what Android on tablets has ever been: an all-in-one productivity platform. The iPad will continue to sell for many years to come, but Apple is somewhat limited in improvements they can make to their tablets. So the disenchantment with Android tablets began.

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