While Android tablets have been around for a very long time, Google has recently increased its investment in the Android market. In particular, she presented the Android 12L operating system, designed for gadgets with large screens, and the representative of the company Rich Miner (CTO of Android tablets) shared his views on the development of the industry.
In a Google YouTube article, Miner recalled the advent of Android tablets and how apps like media players could be easily scaled to a new use case without a large investment. However, stagnation gradually set in in the industry, which lasted almost until the start of the COVID-19 pandemic – growth did not come until 2019. In many ways, this was helped by peripheral manufacturers and software developers, who gave users the ability to download content not only to consume, but also to create.
Miner cited another reason for the growth of the market that tablets have become “very powerful and cheaper than laptops”. This is facilitated by Google’s work on Android 12L – in the new version of the operating system, the interface is optimized for devices larger than smartphones, as well as improved opportunities for viewing applications on large screens.
A Google spokesperson advised developers to take advantage of the company’s new tools to optimize app compatibility with tablets, or even develop software primarily aimed at the big-screen gadget market. Recalling the 2020 statistic in which tablet sales were comparable to laptop sales, he suggested that “in the not too distant future” more tablets will be sold than laptops annually. “I think once you get past that point, you’ll never come back.”said miner.
Some attribute such comments to the fact that Google is likely preparing a Pixel series smartphone that will be larger than its predecessors, most likely with a flexible display.