Android tablets are dead. The nail in the coffin was Google Pixel Slate, not the first Chrome OS tablet but…
Android tablets are dead. The nail in the coffin was Google Pixel Slate, not the first Chrome OS tablet but the most remarkable. With Chrome OS capable of running Android apps and tablets as sports-based form factors, there’s virtually no need to have Android tablets anymore unless you talk about cheap Android tablets from lesser-known brands. It may be good considering Android is notoriously poor at tablet form factors. But despite it, Google’s mobile platform still needs tablet-friendly apps to survive a Chrome OS future.
Make no mistakes, Android apps appear on big screens, whether it’s the tablet or desktop. “Run”, but sometimes it may involve simply viewing an enlarged version of the app or even forcing a portrait orientation, which may be annoying on a 1
0.1-inch or larger screen. Android app support for tablets is foamy or inconsistent at best, nonexistent at worst.
Google has developed APIs and tools for designing their apps for multiple screen sizes and using cases since the development tool. However, it was not a “build it and they’re going” scenario. Very few app developers made the effort to update their apps for an Android tablet world. Perhaps because they felt that the world would not come.
But it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Without much tablet-friendly apps to present, Android tablets felt strange, almost like a joke compared to iPads. Google was not exactly enthusiastic about tablets from the beginning, and it also showed that it also quenched the Nexus and Pixel tablets. Despite some efforts from Samsung, Huawei, LG and to a certain extent, Amazon, Android tablets, never got rid of becoming a kind of nobody’s land with regard to apps.
All water under the bridge now, right? With Chrome OS support for Android apps and Chrome OS on tablets or tablet-like devices, Android gets a new chance to be relevant to tablets again, right? And in fact, Android apps on Chrome OS created a symbiotic relationship, with Android that gives Chrome OS much needed apps and Chrome OS that gives Android a productivity-oriented environment to live in.
However, it does not exactly let the Android app developer of the hook . In fact, this new home enhances Android’s shortage even more. In Chrome OS, like, for example, Samsung DeX, Android devices launch as standard in their smartphone form. This means that they occur in a small floating window with a standing orientation. Some apps may change and their interface flows from smartphone to tablet layouts. But what if they do not have a tablet layout like most Android apps in the Play Store? Then they are pretty stuck in the floating port window.
It would be great if Chrome OS is constantly stuck with a desktop interface. With Chrome OS tablets becoming one thing, users will also start to expect a tablet experience. Google seems to be heading in that direction with Chrome OS, but it may be a hangout on the Android app page. In other words, we will soon be back to the same problem with Android tablets in the first place, giving a part-pair experience for something other than a small screen.
The market for slate slabs is not exactly the healthiest, but despite this trend, Apple’s iPad continues to peak the charts. Android has thrown its opportunity but it has a second chance with Chrome OS. It may no longer be about Android tablets, but Android is still Android, no matter where it goes.