Is Google finally killing Android tablets in favor of Chrome devices?

Android tablets

The last major tablet device launched by Google was Pixel C in 2015.

Over the weekend, Android Police noticed that the Android website was suddenly without its usual Tablet section. While you can once again see what tablets are available on the platform, the ones displayed are from years ago so it's really not a good sign for manufacturers and users as well. In a tangible show of the classic economics of supply and demand, the glut of cheap Android tablets has pushed the market down, and with it, demand.

An update to the Android product spotlight website on May 31st resulted in the complete removal of the Tablets section.

Long story short, Android tablets have no future with Google, no matter how much Android fans wish it were otherwise. However, we can probably forget about any homegrown Android tablets coming to market any time soon. This pronouncement was complicated somewhat following a tweet by Android senior vice president, Hiroshi Lockheimer, indicating that the removal was the result of a bug that occurred during a website update.

It's worth noting that I see even fewer tablets - just two, in fact: the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0 and the Sony Xperia Z4, both of which run Marshmallow. This change happened on June 1 without any kind of announcement, making people believe that Google had covertly pulled itself out of its tablet business.

While Google will not be selling any more of its tablets, Samsung tablets still exist. Over the course of last eight years, the company pulled out several stops to ensure that its tablets gain traction. It would seem that Google is focusing its wide-screen efforts via the Chrome OS platform. Some say that Android tablets will not be missed, as Chromebooks represent a better alternative. Since then, many tablets have joined the league.

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