Not to put too much of a dramatic spin on it, but Android tablets are definitely not in a good spot right now. The last Android-powered tablet to elicit anything but indifference was the Pixel C, and its confusing roots and questionable value left it far from being universally praised. The only tablet line not made by Apple that seems to get consistent acknowledgment in terms of sales success is Amazon's Kindle Fire family, which are based on Android but run Amazon's incompatible Fire OS fork.
This weekend's poll is about proper Android tablets - not the Amazon knockoffs.
Android tablets are dying. There are signals that bear this out: sales estimates, web traffic, an utter absence of meaningful innovation or even competitive products in the segment. We've watched Android tablets struggle from day one: when Samsung's Galaxy Tab was utterly panned for its subpar performance and pricing, to the years of Honeycomb suffering under the yoke of underpowered chipsets and endless bugs, and finally to the unspoken abandonment of Android tablets by Google's own app teams over the past few years. Android tablets have never been particularly lively, but in 2016, I think we've finally watched the market's pulse near flat-line.
Earlier this week, photos of Samsung's upcoming Galaxy View tablet - a word I use primarily because there isn't a better one for a product like this - leaked. Extensively. It's an 18.4" touchscreen with a huge stand/handle attachment, and as far as we can tell, it has basically zero productive aspirations. It's a media consumption device. So, dare I ask: why do we need this?
Samsung isn't the first OEM to try it, either. Alcatel is working on a very similar device called the Xess, and the Nabi brand of children's tablets already has several gigantic slates under its belt.
It has been about a year since Lenovo released its Android version of the Yoga Tablet 2, so it was only a short matter of time before we would hear about an update if they plan on continuing the mid- to upper-range line of tablets.
Twitter-based @upleaks has posted two images that appear to be marketing renders for Asian markets that feature the Yoga Tablet 3. While they leave a lot of mystery as to what's inside the upcoming device, they offer a glimpse of what is to come.
In this article's hero image, you may notice one peculiar aspect of the tablet's construction: a camera on the signature kickstand's hinge.
Dell has a new Android tablet, and it's actually interesting for once. You don't usually think of Dell as a leader in the area of tablet design, but that's what seems to be happening here. The new Dell Venue 8 7000 series tablet is currently the thinnest slate in the world at just 6mm. Ignoring for a moment whether or not it's a good design, you can't deny that's impressive—even the iPad is thicker. The Venue 8 makes some compromises to get there, but maybe that's okay. Let's see how this tablet measures up.
We asked well over two years ago if you owned an Android tablet, and I think it's time to bring the question back. At the time in April 2012, 73% of voters claimed to own one. I imagine that's grown a bit over the years, but it's probably still going to be in that same 70-85% ballpark, so it probably wouldn't shift enough to really mark a big trend. So today's poll will ask a bit more.
For the sake of the poll, we're going to assume two things: you use this tablet and that by Android I mean the version containing Google Apps.
Nokia is taking the stage today at Slush 2014, the Eurasian tech incubator event in Helsinki, to announce its N1 tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is the original Nokia we're talking about here, the one still in Finland, that includes all the divisions that didn't get bought by Microsoft. Part of me wants to scream, "You should have taken this route 4 years ago!" while the other is just too happy to see Nokia standing on its feet and trying something again — while also reviving the Nseries monicker.
And the N1 is an impressive tablet to say the least. It follows in the Nexus 9's footsteps with a 4:3 aspect ratio display, though with a wee-bit smaller size at 7.9", a resolution of 2048x1536, and a zero air-gap with the Gorilla glass 3 that's on top of it.
If you're an owner of an LTE Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition on T-Mobile (SM-P607T), today could be your lucky day. If you head on over to your tablet's settings and check for an update, you may just have a surprise waiting for you. According to Samsung, a new Android 4.4.4 update is available. This update is significant, not just for its Android version bump, but also because it means that an LTE variant of this tablet is getting said bump before its WiFi-only counterpart. Historically, this almost never happens in the US due to carrier involvement.
The new firmware build number is KTU84P.P607TUVUANI1.
Tesco isn't a big name in the US, but the UK-based chain is the second most profitable retailer in the world after Walmart. The company began as a supermarket, but has since expanded into general goods and even technology. Hence, the new Hudl2 tablet, a follow-up to the popular 2013 Hudl tablet aimed at families. Hudl2 is bigger, faster, and prettier than the first Hudl, and it's available soon for just £129 (about $200).
Hot on the heels of Sprint's launch of the Galaxy Tab S 10.5, AT&T announced that it will begin selling both the 8.4- and 10.5-inch LTE variants online and in stores beginning September 26. The carrier is also taking pre-orders for both tablets right now with a shipping date of September 23.
Big Blue is only selling the tablets in charcoal gray, so if you were hoping for white, you're out of luck. As far as specs are concerned, both LTE models of the Galaxy Tab S are identical to their WiFi-only counterparts. You still find an octa-core Exynos 5 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a Super AMOLED display, a fingerprint scanner, and the more updated version of Touchwiz that debuted on the Galaxy S5.