2018 — the last year that will sound anything like serious news about Android tablets. Informed promising direction irrevocably dying.

Work on such devices continue because of the reputation (Samsung) or simply out of a desire to release all that lay of hands (Xiaomi). Other producers time to throw away the item “tablets” in R&D spending and salaries of designers.

The chances are that new releases seriously “shoot”, just miserable — as prerequisites for improvement. This is echoed by statistics: in the second quarter of 2018 shipments of tablets grew by only Apple (0.9%) and Huawei (7.7 per cent). The rest went negative — but seem not to be ready quite give up the idea of a “new generation of computers”.

Lagging competitor

Stagnation is noticeable in the releases. Samsung recently rolled out the flagship tablet Tab S4. Thought that this would be a moment of triumph over the iPad Pro, but the premise while others. The device has a Super AMOLED screen of 10.5 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 2560×1600, four stereo speakers, 4 GB of RAM, the battery 7300 mAh battery, Snapdragon processor 835 and 13-megapixel camera.

Also to Tab S4, you can buy and fasten keyboard, and proprietary S4 stylus supplied. Features, maybe good, but for the basic version in 64GB the company is asking $650. The manufacturer would not splurge on fresh Snapdragon 845 or 6 GB of RAM.

Especially with the original keyboard price jumps another $150. For the money you can not sell the tablet is the price tag of an adequate computer. In order to make “a phone with a large screen,” what’s more, the Samsung frankly bad. The main obstacle, of course, is the very Android OS.

Developers a few years ago stopped worrying about how to optimize the software of the device or to write programs only for such gadgets. No matter how much you spend on device — will have to use a stretched version of the smartphone in most programs.

Samsung expected to fix all DeX mode is the ability to connect the device to the monitor via USB-C to HDMI cable and get a “full” computer. In DeX mode, supports many (but not all!) Android application, you can simultaneously run 20 Chrome tabs, and the interface is more like full-fledged desktop OS. For total immersion you can even connect a wireless mouse.

The idea is clear: that soon a person will need only one device to have at home and work in the office. But even Apple, with a massive set of specialized software in the App Store, is promoting this idea with caution — and as if half in jest.

Hybrid computer, which did not take place

Samsung are serious, but seems to be an act of desperation. Even the best tablet will not generate enough sales to force developers to optimize their programs. Productivity is not an area in which Android tablets have succeeded. They probably associated with a media consumptionthan production of content. iPad almost fell into the same trap — but began to get out more in 2015, with the release of Pro-line.

It is significant that from an Android tablet refused even their “mother” company — Google. Instead, the firm concentrated on devices that support Chrome OS. First, this operating system is entrenched on affordable laptops and rammed their way on the educational market.

Now Chrome OS, which is often called the “system browser”, gradually develops tablets. But the pace is not impressive. So far, the only such tablet is Acer Chromebook Tab 10, only available for the American schools. A. in one voice say: the consumer market for such a gadget would have failed. With a weak processor, lags and confusing without keyboard interface, Chrome OS is far before the migration to touch-only gadgets.

Why iPad safe

Sad situation — not least with an eye to the dreams that were connected with the sector. 4-5 years ago about tablets was rapid talk, and the producers were fighting for the client. Now the market is literally cleared for the expansion of the iPad. And for that we should thank Tim cook. Up to 2015 the future of the iPad is also considered in the format of “screen” for media consumption — the decision to bring the tablet computer seemed controversial. But the keyboard saved the gadget.

Now the iPad has room for growth, and developers have a stable client base who are interested in migration to mobile OS. Hope that the tablets will bring comparable to the iPhone revenue (as it seemed 2011) has, of course, melted — but all disappointment did not turn.

Another unexpected bonus: the upcoming edition of the project “Marzipan”. Recall that in the framework of this initiative Apple will allow developers to conveniently carry the mobile app on macOS. What is an iPad? Judging by the references, which gives Apple (programs of “Action” or “Tape”), the basis is exactly the iPad version. Their interface looks surprisingly logical Mac screen. It turns out that a quick transfer to the computer — one more reason to work on the tablet version.

At the same time, future Android tablets, almost certainly, jokingly called the little TVs. They will only watch, read and swiping and produce content. This is not enough to deserve the status of a computer in 2018, and consequently the interest of solvent customers. In this budget sector, unfortunately, for innovations to spend money just can’t.

Probably the situation will change Chrome OS. But so far can only watch the slow extinction directions.

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