Google believes in the future of Android tablets and relies on one of the co-founders


Tablets, intended as a product category, had lost appeal a bit over the years, but they experienced a sort of rebirth during the central period of the pandemic and now even Google firmly believes in their future, so much so that it has given birth to the ‘initiative “Android Tablets”And having recalled one of the co-founders of the Android operating system to the team.

The trust that the Mountain View giant places in Tablet which products with a bright future can even be seen from the introduction of a job offer for the position of “Senior Engineering Manager, Android Tablet App Experience“, In which we read proclamations (perhaps a little excessive) such as:

We believe that the future of computing is shifting towards more powerful and capable tablets. We are working to deliver the next chapter of computing and input by launching seamless support across our platforms and hero experiences that unlock new and better ways of being productive and creative“.

In another couple of offers relating to open positions, however, Google explicitly refers to the initiative “Android Tablets“: Vice President, Product Management, Android Tablets; Director, Product Management, Android Tablets.

This dedicated team is called upon by Google to work side by side with OEM they application developersas well as obviously with the team dedicated to the operating system Android. As highlighted by JR Raphael of Computerwoldalso the co-founder of the little robot Rich Miner he was called up in the operating system division after having dedicated himself for several years to many other projects, including GV (better known as Google Venture) and a Google project on the subject of education.

Rich Miner’s entry into the “Android Tablets” initiative team officially dates back to March 2021, but it is likely that everything had already been operational for some time. It must be said that in the past months this renewed focus of Big G towards the world of tablets has already produced results worthy of mention, with Entertainment Space, Kids Space, but above all Android 12L. The latter is proposed as a version of the operating system full of optimizations and functions dedicated to devices with larger screens, such as folding smartphones and tablets. Of Android 12L we have already talked to you in depth, illustrating the new features of Beta 1 (to which we have also dedicated a first test) and those of Beta 2.

The launch of Android 12L is a very clear indication of Google’s will to improve android tabletswhere in the recent past efforts in this form factor had mostly gone through Chrome OS (which in the meantime had however approached the robot, between the Google Play Store and applications).

In any case, while the rumors about the first folding Pixel continue to chase each other – even the latest beta version of Android 12L has helped to rekindle the imagination of fans -, at the moment there are no indications on a hypothetical new tablet. Made by Google In the dockyard. In short, to give practical demonstration of the efforts underway, Big G could continue to work closely with the various OEMs, as it has already done with the first Android 12L Developer Preview, featured on the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro tablet even before. to be released for the Google Pixel.

On the other hand, Big G’s latest direct engagements in the world of tablets are now almost faded memories: there were two Nexus 7s produced by ASUS in 2012 and 2013; a Nexus 9 bearing the signature of HTC in 2014; a Nexus 10 that came out of Samsung’s factories in 2012 and a Google Pixel C in 2015. In short, a first tablet of the Pixel family has already been there, but it has been left without an heir and at the moment there doesn’t seem to be one planned: it last year there was talk of Google’s will to use Tensor chipsets not only in the smartphone segment (have you read our in-depth analysis on the performance that the SoC guarantees to the Pixel 6?), however that rumor was not followed by others.

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