Android tablets have been around for over a decade. However, not much has changed since the category’s inception: most apps are still designed for tablets, and with phone screens increasing in size, there’s no compelling incentive to choose a tablet. rather than a smartphone. Rich Miner, Google’s CTO for tablets, thinks that’s about to change.
Android 12L is being developed to enable devices with larger screens, and Rich Miner, one of the platform’s co-founders, has joined the project as “Google’s Android Tablets CTO”.
“If tablets are really going to be this new gadget for people to be creative and productive, what new apps would take advantage of people being able to do things with a stylus right off the bat? What does that mean for the mobility you get with a tablet, that you don’t get with a laptop? »?
“I believe there will come a time in the not-too-distant future when more tablets will be sold each year than laptops. I don’t think you’ll be able to come back once you get past that point.”
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Since the onset of the pandemic era, the Android tablet industry has steadily revived, and Google expects even faster growth with its tablet app development. Miner urges developers to take a look at their apps and consider leveraging tools built by Google to improve tablet support or even build apps that approach the market as a tablet-first experience.