Rich Miner, Google’s CTO for tablets and an Android co-founder, claimed that the Android tablet industry has continued to rebound since the pandemic began and that it will soon outnumber laptops.
He expects there will be a “crossover point” where tablet sales will overtake laptop sales shortly. Miner made the remarks earlier this week on ‘The Android Show.’
“I think that there’s going to be a crossover at some point in the not too distant future where there are more tablets sold annually than there are laptops. I think once you cross over that point, you are not going to be coming back. I think there’s going to be another wave of apps here that are thinking tablet first,” he said.
Another reason for the market’s expansion, according to Miner, is that tablets have become “extremely productive and less expensive than laptops.” Android 12L, a version of Android 12 optimised for tablets, foldable, and ChromeOS devices, was recently revealed by Google. Google also revealed new features in OS and Play for developers to better support these devices, in addition to Android 12L.
“Tablets started to be much better for things beyond consumption and were being used for creativity and productivity,” said Miner.
Enhancements to its Material Design guidance for large-screen devices, as well as updates to Jetpack Compose, make it easier to create for larger machines and ensure that apps can adjust to multiple screen orientations and sizes, are among them.