Google removes tablet section from Android website (UPDATE X 2)

Google removes tablet section from Android website (UPDATE X 2)
With a 6.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 9 expected to hit the market before September, the question is, who needs an Android tablet? The increasing size of the screens on newer high-end handsets is one of the reasons for declining tablet sales globally. In addition, tablet owners don't look to upgrade to a new slate every two to three years. With this background, Google has quietly removed the tablet section from the Android website. Since Google didn't unveil a reference tablet for Android P this year, it is a move that the company has foreshadowed.

UPDATE: Good news tablet fans. The tablet section has returned to the Android.com website.

UPDATE 2: Google is blaming the disappearance of the tablet section on a bug. A tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, Google SVP of platforms and ecosystems for Android, Chrome, Chrome OS and Play, says that a bug caused the tablet section to disappear while Google was in the process of updating the page. But one cynical Twitter subscriber noted that there was no update to the Tablet page as the slates pictured on it are "ancient."


There was a time when Android tablets had their own version of the Android operating system, called Honeycomb (Android 3.0). The OS launched to much fanfare in January 2011, when the first Apple iPad wasn't even a year old. At the time, Motorola had introduced its first tablet called the Xoom, and it came to market with Honeycomb pre-installed. Nine months later, the Samsung Galaxy Note was unveiled, the first smartphone to carry a 5-inch screen. The device was launched in late October 2011, and the race to build handsets with larger and larger screens was on.

Without Google's support, we probably won't be seeing a new batch of Android powered slates from major manufacturers any time soon. According to IDC, 163.5 million tablets were shipped world-wide last year, a 6.5% decline from 2016's numbers. Apple still has the most popular tablet line, and Google is apparently giving up on Android versions of the device. Meanwhile, there is some talk that Google would like to see more manufacturers turn to Chrome OS to run their tablets. Since the latter supports Android apps, this is most likely the future of Google supported slates. Back in March, Acer introduced the Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet to run on Chrome OS.

You can see what the tablet section on the Android site looked like before it was removed by checking out the image at the top of this article.

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53 Comments

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Remove phones section as well, hard time selling Pixels.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android OS for years has given tablet functionality on its smartphones and phablets. Everyone tends to forget that the word phablet was coined by large Android smartphones. Where as all iPhones do not offer any tablet functionality what so ever. Apple artificially separates iOS tablet functionality so people will still buy their iPads. What will be interesting to see is if Apples new 6.1" or 6.5" iPhones offer any tablet functionality, or will Apple continue to artificially keep iOS separate for iPads and iPhones?

6. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

By that logic, smartphones gonna make PCs and Laptops obsolete very soon.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Umm, clearly your behind the times. As a matter of fact smartphones/phablets for a few years now have become the primary computing device for the majority of the population. In many cases smartphones/phablets can do a number of things faster, and provide more convenience than any PC or laptop. Why do you think over 1.5 billion smartphones/phablets sell every year. PCs and laptops don't even come close to those sales numbers.

9. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

And people still buying PCs and Mac Pro so.

20. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh I definitely know that. That's why Google isn't dropping tablet support that is built into Android, because Android lives on in Chromebooks and Chrome tablets. You get the best of many world's if you buy and use a Chromebook or Chrome tablet over just an Android tablet. An Android tablet only runs Android apps. Where as a Chrome OS device can run Chrome Web apps, Android apps, and now full blown Linux programs as well.

17. NateDiaz

Posts: 1087; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Get a job and let your HR know you don't need a laptop to work on cause phones are more powerful and convenient. Come back home and curse yourself.

19. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I never said more powerful. I did say they can do some things faster and are definitely more convenient than using a PC or laptop. But I would tell HR to look at getting some Chromebooks or Chrome tablets, because they have touch screens, unlike some PCs, laptops or MacBooks. Plus you can run web apps, as well as have access to the millions of Android apps, and now you can run full blown Linux applications as well, including running a VM to run say Windows on Chrome OS, or some other OS in a window.

34. vincelongman

Posts: 5689; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Get of PA and back in the gym

38. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yep, my PC stays off all the time. Why use it when I can do anything I do on it on my note 8.

53. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

As of now, cloud cannot do all the work and heavy lifting which a PC is capable of. Consequently, Note 8 cannot do everything. The following limitation are inherent: 1) CPU in Note 8 cannot run at high clock speed due mostly to thermal issue; 2) on-board DDR capacity are limited and they run at clock frequency lower than that in PC. As a result, the virtual cache have lower throughput; 3) even with unlimited LTE bandwidth, latency incurred through the cloud always translates to slower processing time compared to having all the resources local inside the PC.

37. Whitedot

Posts: 801; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Nope, the flaw is in your logic. You are perfect example of allegory of the Cave by Plato.

39. sissy246

Posts: 7106; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

PC and Laptop sales have been declining for a few years now.

13. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

What a load of trash, dude what is it with fandroids man? Are you serious, phones are now tablets? So a 6 inch Android phone is the equivalent of a 10.5 tablet now? It's absolutely incredible how pathetic and insecure fandroids are, quickly bringing apple into it just to prove they are superior for no actual gain of anything. Not to mention completely ignoring the actual problem. Ok congrats Apple sucks more than Google, therefore the loss of Android tablets is now perfectly justifiable? If fandroids didn't get down on their knees and suck Android OEM's reproduction units just to insult apple, and actually complained about the flaws in Android, then maybe the OEM's would actually start making real Android counterparts to iOS and not just dumb ripp offs and totally garbage tablets. This is honestly becoming a joke, to think that the only actual highend Android tablets are totally blotched, molested android, ugly, touchwiz running, no update samsung tabs, is just ridiculous. Every single year I hope Google comes back with a bang and releases a true iPad competitor and every year that hope just fades away. And now with this, there isn't even any hope left. Just sad.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"Every single year I hope Google comes back with a bang and releases a true iPad competitor and every year that hope just fades away." Clearly you are a liar and haven't been looking. Chromebooks are superior to iPads right now. They are even better than MacBooks. Especially when you can run not only Chrome OS on touch screens with web apps, but you have access to Google's play store and have access to over 3.7 million apps. You can run Android apps in full screen, or inside individual windows. You can now run full blown Linux programs as well. So you can run things like Android Studio, Unity, lots of Linux graphics applications like gimp, and many more. Plus you can run a VM to run Windows, Dos, or any other OS you have access to. Try that on your iPad. Oh wait you can't because it's very limited. The only sad person here is you, because you are so ignorant.

21. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sorry dude but I have 3 Chromebooks and they don't have access to all those apps. Even the ones you are allowed to download come with a warning that they may not run properly. Many phone apps run as a vertical strip not much larger than what you would get on 5" display. For what they offer, Chromebooks are an excellent choice for many folks. But they're far from replacing a good Windows 2-in-1.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I already know lots of apps don't work on Chromebooks, especially if they are widgets, home related apps like live wallpapers, launchers, and some more. If you have 3 Chromebooks then I am surprised that you never found the option to “Allow free window resizing by dragging the border”. This way you are not stuck to a tiny app. I know because I have Chromebooks too.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's set by default on 7.1.1 but resized doesn't look very good on QHD displays. I don't have any 1366x768 displays so I don't know if it looks different.

28. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You must be out of your mind to compare Chromebooks to a Macbook.

49. bucky

Posts: 3782; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

My God you are beyond delusional. I’m going to reference this comment every time you call someone a fanboy or troll.

31. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1414; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Dude you sound like Android touched you in your no-no spot as a child. The reason Android is being dropped as a tablet OS is because Chrome OS on tablet is lighter, more secure and more productive. Chromebooks are very popular in colleges and universities and it's popularity is ever increasing. Google wants to push Chrome OS as their main portable device OS, that isn't a smartphone. Why would they waste resources on maintaining Android on tablets, when Chrome OS is a better solution. Support for Android on tablets was always an OEM thing anyway. Nothing lost if you ask me.

15. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Google android can’t even make tablet apps leave a lone tablet functionally lol.

26. P-YWS

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

As far as screen size is concerned, Note is becoming insane. Smartphone at size bigger than 6" is no longer practical and convenient to put into pockets of trousers or shorts. As a result, 6" and larger smartphones cannot be with us anytime anywhere because they have to be carried in a container (bags, briefcase, backpack, handbags, etc.). Therefore, the proliferation of 6.1 / 6.3 / 6.5 smartphones simply mean that 'tablet' has physically shrunk! The way it is going, the plus version of the S-series, the Note 7/8/9 are simply un user-friendly in terms of transportability. Yes, they are good for real estate and good for eyes too. But, they are not very transportable. I hope one day, the market and the OEMs become more practical and give the consumers something of decent size and good features.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

next is wear OS.....

3. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

with the way Google is going about its business, Microsoft might catch up with foldables and windows on Arm tablets......

7. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Your love for Microsoft and hate for Google is something else.

22. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That may be, but it's true nonetheless. WoA tablets/laptops are already for sale so he's half right already.

29. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1414; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And not a single review is positive about those devices. They're DOA. Performance is an absolute joke on those things.

41. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As are 1st gen products for the most part. Remember the original iPhone couldn't even do MMS, copy and paste or 3G. It's a product of being first to market before any developmental engineering is done.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7332; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Android has evolved over the years. Besides Android on smartphones, phablets, and tablets already support tablet functionality for years now.

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