When the Android tablets page mysteriously vanished a couple of days ago, it prompted speculation that Google was done selling them, instead choosing to focus on other form factors. 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.
Over the weekend, Android Police noticed that the Android website was suddenly without its usual Tablet section. However, the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine managed to capture a copy of the page before its removal. That's it. RIP Android tablets. Evidence that there were, once upon a time, such things as Android tablets has since then returned but their sudden and silent removal served to confirm what many have been expecting to happen sooner rather than later. The Tablets section reappeared in short order, though it retained the same aging content as before it was removed. 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.
For those users who expect Google to release a new tablet, the company has prepared an unpleasant surprise.
Now, its quite evident that the company is done with tablets. With Google's disinterest in Android slates, it's hard to see how partners like Samsung and Asus can keep making them.
One of the most popular smartphone operating system Android is entering into its ten years.
Google's relatively tight control over the Chrome device ecosystem also precludes these devices from premature obsolescence resulting from a lack of Android version updates, while the addition of Android app support in ChromeOS bridges the gap between browser terminal-which Chromebooks were, originally-and a device at least theoretically capable of productivity.