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Is Google finally ready for a big swing in the tablet market?


Tablets have been a “thing” for over 10 years with the biggest success clearly the Apple iPad. There were some really good Android tablets along the way – I still miss my Nexus 7 – too. However, as screen sizes increased, they did not really been great. A few recent actions by Google suggest that it is poised to take a big chance in the tablet market.

Android 12L

When it was launched, Android 12L was Google’s first recognition that larger screens need a different approach. It covers everything from the visual design aspects of the operating system, to multi-tasking and compatibility. The onus of making the tablet experience great not only rests on the application developers, Google has a big role to play.

12L refines the system UI to make it more beautiful and easier to use on large screens — about notifications, quick settings, lock screen, overview, home screen, and more.

On large screens, the notification screen takes advantage of the space by showing Quick Settings and Notifications in a new two-column layout. The lock screen also uses a larger two-column layout to highlight notifications and clock, and system applications such as Settings are also optimized.

Wanted: Senior Engineering Manager, Android Tablet Application Experience

A new mailing list shows that Google is looking for the right person to lead the growth of the tablet experience. This is for some reason much larger than a brief glance would reveal. The one that really caught our attention is that Google believes that tablets play a role in playing computer futures:

We believe that the future of computers is shifting to more powerful and capable tablets. We are working to deliver the next chapter of computers and inputs by introducing seamless support across our platforms and heroic experiences that unlock new and better ways to be productive and creative.

The other very interesting note in the mailing list is more in what is not said. There is nowhere that takes notice of specific hardware product development or Google devices. The focus of the listing responsibilities is around app experiences and alignment with stakeholders who – through another Tablet-focused mailing list – includes OEMs.

Google’s increased focus on tablet and big screen compatibility will undoubtedly benefit the rumored Pixel Notepad, but broadly speaking, all Android tablets will benefit in the long run.



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