Is Google planning a return to the Android tablet space?

(Pocket Ribbon) – Android tablet space leaves a lot to be desired, but there’s new evidence suggesting Google is considering ways to improve it.

Android co-founder Rich Miner is working on Android tablets, according to computer world, who looked into Google’s tablet history and noticed Miner’s LinkedIn page lists his current title as “CTO Android Tablets”. He has also held that title since March 2021. If you need more proof that Google is doing something with Android tablets, consider the recent job posting for a “Senior Engineering Manager, Android Tablet App Experience“.

First spotted by 9to5Google, the listing stated Google believes the future of computing is shifting towards more powerful and capable tablets. “We’re working to deliver the next chapter of computing,” Google said — without really admitting that consumers can expect a Google-made Android tablet soon.

Let’s also not forget that Google recently announced Android 12L – the first indication that it still cares about tablets. Google positions it as a “special feature drop that makes Android 12 even better on large screens”. Essentially, Android 12L will change the layout of a device’s user interface by adjusting the placement of the home screen, lock screen, notifications, quick settings, and more. You can read more about the upcoming software experience here.

Through Britta O’Boyle
January 4, 2022

When you add up all these moves, it definitely points to something exciting. It looks like the company is plotting a return to tablets, but nothing is certain yet.

Written by Maggie Tillman.

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