Google is recruiting staff to further develop Android tablets and apps. A new job posting underscores that Android tablets play a growing role in Google’s strategy.
At the end of 2021, Google announced Android 12L, a special Android 12 version for tablets. During the announcement, Google claimed that 100 million new Android tablets were activated in the past year. A total of 250 million ‘large screen devices’ (including tablets) supposedly run on Android.
Google likely views Android tablets as a core part of its business strategy. The organization is motivating manufacturers such as Lenovo, Nokia and Samsung to produce Android tablets. Simultaneously, its workforce is being directed to develop new tablet software, including the aforementioned Android 12L. Now, a new job posting confirms that the organization is recruiting specialists to strengthen its Android app and tablet offers.
“We believe that the future of computing is shifting towards more powerful and capable tablets”, the tech giant writes in a new job posting for a Senior Engineering Manager Android Tablet App Experience. “We are working to deliver the next chapter of computing and input by launching seamless support across our platforms and hero experiences that unlock new and better ways of being productive and creative.”
Android tablets, ‘the future of computing’
One of the responsibilities of the new position is to “execute an ink first hero apps strategy.” By ink first strategy, Google is likely referring to apps that support digital pens (stylus). In addition to the job posting, Rich Miner (co-founder of Android) recently changed his LinkedIn position to ‘Google CTO Android Tablets’. Everything indicates that Google has big plans for the tablet market.
This is not the first time the organization promises to invest in Android tablets. Between 2011 and 2014, several Android releases were equipped with specialized features for tablets. In 2015, the updates suddenly dwindled. The question is how long Google will stay interested this time.