Google stopped trying to compete with Apple’s iPad years ago. It’s not that it hasn’t made new Pixel-branded tablets, but that it hasn’t optimized Android for bigger screens as Apple did with iOS. Apple forked iOS into iPadOS, as the tablet experience is a lot different than that of the iPhone. The iPad mini 6 is the best proof of that from Apple that we have seen to date. It’s not just a compact device; it also rocks the same powerful specs as the iPhone 13 Pro.
The Pixel maker doesn’t need to manufacture its own mobile hardware. But it’s forced to do it, at least when it comes to smartphones. It’s the only way of showing the world what Android should look and feel. Remember that Pixel phones are the first to run the newest Android release. Without them, Android users would be waiting for a much longer time to experience the latest Android updates.
Google will soon have to catch up quickly, even if it doesn’t plan to make a new Pixel Tablet. That’s because foldable smartphones are becoming increasingly popular — Google is actually supposedly making one now. And some of these foldable Androids are closer to tablets than smartphones. But a recent discovery indicates that Google’s Android tablet ambitions seem to be renewed, and a beautiful Pixel Tablet design might be waiting in the wings.
Google doesn’t have to make Pixel tablets, however. There are plenty of players that do a great job. Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets are affordable mid-rangers that everyone can use. Samsung has both mid-range devices and high-end tablets aiming to compete against the iPad Pro. Then there’s Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Huawei, which keep launching new Android tablets of their own.
But Android still lags behind iPadOS when it comes to optimization, and Google might want to get more involved. That’s especially true if Google makes a Pixel Fold handset that will look like the Galaxy Z Fold 3 foldable. This type of foldable handset is essentially a tablet, which needs to run an Android OS version optimized to take advantage of the bigger screen.
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