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A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones

Sunday, May 6th, 2018

The year was 2010, and Apple made good on the rumor mill's predictions when it unveiled the iPad. This device was, essentially, a bigger iPhone without the phone part. It turns out that consumers were into that sort of thing, and the first modern tablet sold in huge numbers. Not to be outdone, Android OEMs began launching Android-powered slates. For a time, it seemed like Android tablets would be a thing, but sales slumped, and most current Android tablets are ultra-low-cost junk.

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A brief history of Android tablets: From galaxies to gravestones was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Ready or not, Chrome OS tablets must replace Android tablets

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Android tablets are not and were not ever very good. There. I said it.

From the very first devices that launched without Google's blessing, to the overhyped, underdelivering ones that did, all the way through Google's last-ditch effort to save them, Android tablets never hit their stride.

Sure, there were some bright spots, occasionally. Like the 2013 Nexus 7, which was beloved for its low cost and simplicity. It was the antithesis of the $500 iPad: a frugal hot hatchback to Apple's fully-loaded luxury sedan.

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Ready or not, Chrome OS tablets must replace Android tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Google Assistant listing on the Play Store might only be a glorified shortcut, but it's still one avenue for accessing the Assistant on supported devices. And, as of a few days ago, it was officially updated to support devices running Lollipop 5.0. Explicit Android tablet support was also added, which brings parity to today's announcement that the Google Assistant is now supported on the iPad, too. 

Lollipop support might not seem like a big deal, but almost 25% of Android devices are still running Android 5.0/5.1 according to February's platform distribution numbers.

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Google Assistant shortcut app now installs on Lollipop, tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon’s Fire tablets

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Facebook has released its new Messenger Kids app to the Amazon App Store, making the service available to owners of its Fire line of tablets. So I grabbed one of the Fire 7 tablets we have for our kids and installed the app to see what it was all about, and just how well it works on Amazon's lowest-end hardware.

Because here's the thing: These tablets are slow. Really, really slow.

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[Hands-on] Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Amazon's Fire tablets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Assistant is rolling out to phones running Lollipop and tablets on Marshmallow or later

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Google launched Assistant over a year ago with the original Pixel phones, but it expanded to more devices just a few months later. However, only phone with new-ish software were included. Starting now, Assistant is coming to more phones and (finally) tablets.

On devices that don't have Assistant, long-pressing the home button opens the chronically underutilized and neglected Now On Tap screen. Of course, it's called Screen Search now. That will be replaced by Assistant on phones running Lollipop, which were excluded from the initial rollout (it was Marshmallow and higher).

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Google Assistant is rolling out to phones running Lollipop and tablets on Marshmallow or later was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] The 16GB WiFi-only Lenovo Tab 4 10 is $126 ($54 off)

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

We've seen a lot of tablets pop up in this Black Friday madness, from Amazon to Huawei. Lenovo wants in on the attention, too, so it's putting its entire Tab 4 line on sale. The best of the bunch is the Wi-Fi 10" Tab 4, going for $125.99 on Amazon, B&H, and Lenovo's store.

This tablet comes with a 10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 425, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 5MP/2MP cameras, dual front-facing speakers, and a 7,000mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] The 16GB WiFi-only Lenovo Tab 4 10 is $126 ($54 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] The 16GB WiFi-only Lenovo Tab 4 10 is $126 ($54 off)

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

We've seen a lot of tablets pop up in this Black Friday madness, from Amazon to Huawei. Lenovo wants in on the attention, too, so it's putting its entire Tab 4 line on sale. The best of the bunch is the Wi-Fi 10" Tab 4, going for $125.99 on Amazon, B&H, and Lenovo's store.

This tablet comes with a 10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD display, a Snapdragon 425, 16GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, 5MP/2MP cameras, dual front-facing speakers, and a 7,000mAh battery.

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[Deal Alert] The 16GB WiFi-only Lenovo Tab 4 10 is $126 ($54 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T Moto Tab now for sale at $299 or $15/month over 20 months

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Although development of Android for tablets has largely stagnated, mid-range media consumption tablets are still cheaply produced. The AT&T Moto Tab (stylized as 'moto tab') is technically Motorola's first tablet since the Xoom 2 (known as the Xyboard in the United States), though the design strongly resembles that of the Lenovo Tab 4 10. You can now buy the Moto Tab from AT&T for $299.99 upfront, or for $15/month for 20 months.

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AT&T Moto Tab now for sale at $299 or $15/month over 20 months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

AT&T Moto Tab now for sale at $299 or $15/month over 20 months

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

Although development of Android for tablets has largely stagnated, mid-range media consumption tablets are still cheaply produced. The AT&T Moto Tab (stylized as 'moto tab') is technically Motorola's first tablet since the Xoom 2 (known as the Xyboard in the United States), though the design strongly resembles that of the Lenovo Tab 4 10. You can now buy the Moto Tab from AT&T for $299.99 upfront, or for $15/month for 20 months.

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AT&T Moto Tab now for sale at $299 or $15/month over 20 months was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab A launches November 1 for $229.99

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

There aren't as many tablet options as there once were. Consumers don't buy tablets like they used to, but Samsung can still afford to dabble in Android slates on occasion. Today, it's reviving an old name for a new device. The new Galaxy Tab A is set to launch in a few days, and it clocks in at a reasonable $229.99. You won't get particularly powerful hardware for that price, though.

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Samsung's new Galaxy Tab A launches November 1 for $229.99 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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