Google will likely launch similar web apps for other services down the line as Progressive Web Apps can now be installed on Chrome for both Android and desktop. While initial models of the device were Wi-Fi only, an HSPA+ variant of the tablet with 32GB of onboard storage became available in October that same year. According to Strategic Analysis, tablet users do not see a reason to upgrade their devices unless major hardware upgrades that add to the overall experience are introduced.
The writing may have been on the wall when Google failed to list any tablets among the devices able to access the Android P developer beta, but this surely confirms that Google is done with slates.
While it should not come as a surprise to most that Google shut down its tablet page, the tablet industry has been dying a slow death since some years. It was immediately considered to be the final straw that will break the Android tablet camel's back.
Android Police spotted the tab has disappeared from the homepage, while attempting to navigate to the tablet page simply returns users to the Android homepage. In may, IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker announced that there has been an 11.7% yearly decline in tablet shipments worldwide.
But as noted by many people, even though the tablet section may be back, it has been somewhat neglected. Thus, if Apple just adapted for tablets iOS, Google created for them the whole operating system. Google SVP for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer tweeted Sunday, however, that it was simply a bug when the website was updated and that all is well in the Android world.
What's particularly weird is the fact that the three tablets highlighted on the site are the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, and the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, the report said. Google is throwing them a bone by making their favorite Android apps available on Chrome OS, but it's not going to be completely the same. For almost a decade, Google spent a lot of money to shed some light on their tablets. Android tablets have always struggled against iOS-based iPads and regular Windows notebooks when it comes to offering a portable computing experience.