Android tablets are exciting again, but Chrome hasn’t kept up

Android tablets have gained a second lease on life for productivity, but Chrome for Android is holding the platform back.

Android tablets are exciting again, but Chrome hasn’t kept up
Chrome on Xiaomi Pad 5 Android tablet
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Opinion post by
Hadlee Simons

Android tablets have seen a revival of sorts during the pandemic, as the work-from-home trend and at-home learning drove the need for affordable productivity devices. Between Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series, the Realme Pad line, the Xiaomi Pad 5, and the Nokia T20, consumers have quite a few slates to choose from today.

You could argue that hardware was never the issue with Android tablets, but Google definitely seems to be taking the problematic software seriously now. The company recently revealed Android 12L, bringing a host of tablet-focused features to the table. These additions and tweaks include an overhauled UI with large screens in mind, a taskbar, and drag-and-drop split-view multitasking.