As far as I can tell, Google is giving some attention to its Android Tablets business unit

An investigation into Google’s past with tablets discovered that one of Android’s initial pioneers, Rich Miner, is working on Android tablets. That he has been working as “CTO Android Tablets” from March of 2021 seems to be confirmed by his LinkedIn profile. A representative from Google’s “Platforms and Ecosystems team” emailed The Verge to say that his function is “driving software development for Android for big displays.”

So far, it appears like Google is doing something fascinating beyond smartphones and foldables by employing a key member of Android’s history in tablet development and posting job advertisements. During the early stages of Android’s development, Miner worked for a firm named Android, Inc., which was ultimately purchased by Google. It seems he’s returned to Android development, this time with an eye on making it more tablet-friendly. He has done many things since then, including helping Google choose which firms to invest in.

A more powerful and sophisticated tablet computer, according to Google, represents the “future of computing.”

With the addition of Miner, Google has shown it is reinvigorating its emphasis on the larger-screen market. The latest beta of Android 12L is geared around tablet and foldable device enhancements. “The future of computing is heading towards increasingly powerful and competent tablets,” reads a job posting for a “Senior Engineering Manager, Android Tablet App Experience.”

In 2019, Google declared its hardware team is done working on tablets and will be solely focused on laptops. That’s a 180-degree turn for Google. A disappointing Pixel Slate (which utilised Chrome OS instead of Android) made it difficult to get enthused about Google’s tablet plans, despite the company’s hardware chief saying that “Android & Chrome OS teams are 100 percent dedicated to collaborating with our partners on tablets” for the long term.

We now know that with the recent hiring of tablet experts and speculation that Google is working on a foldable Pixel phone, the corporation seems to be aiming to return to tablets in some fashion. Asked whether it had changed its mind on developing its own tablet computers, Google said it didn’t have any remark.

However, some of Miner’s tweets have been rather fascinating. Retweeted ComputerWorld’s article with the remark “Definitely sad tale, yet there is an inkling of hope at the end. ” What’s going on with [Rich Miner]? To Mishaal Rahman’s statement, he said Android 12L, a forthcoming upgrade targeted at smartphones with bigger screens, was “a terrific start.”

Although Apple’s iPad is the most talked about tablet, it isn’t the only one out there. Using data from market research company IDC, Apple had a 34% share of the tablet market in the third quarter of 2021. Samsung (the second-largest with around 18% of the market share in Q3 2021), Amazon, and others may still thrive. People who remember the Nexus 7 fondly may appreciate Google’s attempt to make a Pixel tablet again, even if it’s only to concentrate on its connection with tablet manufacturers.