Google believes that “Android Tablets” represent the “future of computing,” and is actively promoting them.

Google appears to have launched a new “Android Tablets” program at some point in the previous year. In order to help with that effort, one of the original founders of Android re-joined the OS team.

Google’s job listing for “ Senior Engineering Manager, Android Tablet App Experience, ” states the following:

In our opinion, the direction of computing is moving toward more potent and capable tablets. By introducing seamless support across our platforms and hero experiences that enable new and improved methods of being productive and creative, we are trying to provide the next chapter of computing and input.

The first line is a really strong declaration, even for a hiring presentation. Another pair of listings indicates that “Android Tablets” is a particular Google endeavor. Working closely with OEMs, an app developer, and the Android OS are all tasks assigned to this team. Rich Miner, the co-founder of Android, actually returned to the operating system division in 2016, as reported by JR Raphael at Computerworld . He had previously worked on Google’s education project and at the venture capital firm GV.

You will collaborate with leads from teams across product areas, including those for Android, Platforms and Ecosystems, and Android Tablets, in your role as director of product management. Additionally, you will collaborate directly with the OEMs that make Android tablets as well as the programmers who create their apps. You will direct Android tablets’ long-term course, plan, and roadmap.

Product management director for Android tablets

Miner joined Android Tablets in March 2021, while the work may have begun earlier. Google’s tablet innovations during that period include the Kids Space and Entertainment Space media launchers (both of which are depicted above). Of course, Android 12L, a version of the OS designed for devices with large screens and including particular UI enhancements, will also be available in the next month. Google encourages app developers to upgrade their creations.

As Chrome OS has mainly been seen as Google’s main attempt in the sector with Chromebook tablets from Lenovo and HP, there has been a resurgence of interest in the form factor. Although there is a lot of overlap with Chrome OS running the Play Store and Android apps, Google now appears to be taking a two track strategy.

There are currently no signs that Google’s hardware team is planning a tablet, thus the effort seems to primarily focus on third-party OEMs. In the 2010s, Google released two models of the Nexus 7 tablet along with the Nexus 10 and later the Nexus 9. Additionally, there was the Pixel C, which was said to run Chrome OS as well. A Tensor-powered Chromebook from Google is the sole current rumor regarding such a tablet. It is expected to be released in 2023.

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