Google’s ‘Tablets’ section is back again

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Google’s ‘Tablets’ section is back again

With this change, it's unclear if OEMs that still make Android tablets will continue doing so.

The tablet page is back, with information about the Pixel C, Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet.

While Google will not be selling any more of its tablets, Samsung tablets still exist. Sometime in the last 24 hours, the entire tablet section on the Android website has been removed with the now-defunct direct link to the page now redirecting to the site's homepage. For those who have been following Google's fortunes in the Tablets market, this hardly comes as a shocking revelation. The introduction of touch input and Android apps to Chrome OS has arguably placed Google's strategy towards tablets firming on its Chrome OS lineup. The fact that the word "tablet" is left out of the picture says something about Google's lack of interest in tablet devices.

All references to Android tablets were suddenly removed from the official Android website.

Despite the reappearance of the Tablets section, the premise that Android tablets are dead is not particularly far from true. Its because Chrome OS now works in the tablet form factor, just like Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Previously, Google Maps Go debuted as a PWA to help users get a list of mapping features without installing the native app. The Apple iPad stood tall over Google's tablets.

Now, its quite evident that the company is done with tablets.

This isn't surprising in the slightest considering that Google's last tablet was the overpriced Pixel C from 2015, and the quiet removal from the Android site without any big announcement goes to show that Google knows no one really cares about Android tablets and haven't for some time. But based on Google's previous gestures, it's highly likely that the company has already said goodbye to Android tablets.

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