Google silently exits the tablet market

Google silently exits the tablet market

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.

The tablet page is back, with information about the Pixel C, Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

On Friday, Android Police noticed that the tablet section of the Android website is no longer around. Sometime in the last 24 hours, the entire tablet section on the Android website has been removed with the now-defunct direct link to the page now redirecting to the site's homepage.

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Google has always struggled to compete against iOS in the tablet market and is likely to focus on Chrome OS in the future. And Dexter M: "Nice, but can someone fix the bug where Google has forgotten to make Nexus / Pixel tablets?" Evidence that there were, once upon a time, such things as Android tablets has since then returned but their sudden and silent removal served to confirm what many have been expecting to happen sooner rather than later.

This goes a long way towards explaining how Google's engineers might have overlooked the category while updating the website.

The tablet section was still up on Thursday.

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In case Google does stop supporting Android tablets, there's still hope for people who like big screen devices.

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. Google may be seeing the writing on the wall and has quietly removed the "Tablets" heading from its Android website. But tablets are unable to gain a foothold in the market due to the lack of decent technical support and a number of other shortcomings. Last year, research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics reported that the iPad series remained in the top position of the tablet market by quite a large margin.

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