Motorola Rumored To Be Preparing A New Tablet
The Android tablet market is proving to be a strange and difficult place to run a business. One of the issues with Android as a tablet platform is that it’s still very much designed for smartphones and this does not always translate well to a larger screen. Manufacturers are still innovating in this area. Today’s article covers the rumor that Motorola is working on a new Android-powered tablet with a switchable “productivity interface.” This could be just what a tablet needs, as currently they face the competition of larger phones and Chromebooks gaining the ability to run Android apps. Conventional slate-type tablets are not selling as well as they were a few years ago; instead manufacturers are rushing to offer convertible and 2-in-1 designs, which incorporate a keyboard. Microsoft Windows-based tablets are being sold as a more productive device because they can run full blown Windows apps. Motorola’s rumored new tablet may need to offer something special.
There are many manufacturers offering Android-powered tablets including well known brands such as Acer, ASUS, Huawei, Lenovo and Samsung. These companies offer a variety of models to cover sizes large and small, and from entry level hardware to high end tablets. Of these manufacturers, we’ve seen Lenovo offering an interesting and switchable user interface designed for productivity. The interface looks similar to Microsoft Windows 10, placing the three Android on-screen buttons at the bottom left of the display, running application icons along the center and notifications on the right. It’s a neat adaption of the stock Android interface, and according to a leaked report and screenshot captured by Android Police it looks like Motorola is adopting a similar, switchable, user interface.
Motorola, owned by Lenovo since 2014, has easy access to Lenovo’s projects, including hardware and software. The Motorola Moto-branded families have been expanded since the original Moto X in late 2013 and now covers the Moto C, Moto E, Moto G, Moto X and Moto Z families. It’s not such a stretch to imagine a Moto X Tablet, or perhaps even a family.
We don’t have any details of the new rumored Motorola tablet. It’s believed to be a full size device, which points towards it having a 9 to 10-inch screen size, but that’s all the information we know. Lenovo has positioned Motorola at the premium end of their portfolio and even their entry level smartphones, such as the recently announced Moto C, have an emphasis on the quality of design and build. We cannot say what class of chipset the new rumored Moto tablet will have as Motorola has no problem using chips from all spectrums of the market, and it’s speculation that Motorola will sell a LTE-equipped device as well as Wi-Fi only tablets.
Can a new Motorola tablet with a productivity-bias help the Android tablet market? Bundling a new Motorola Moto-branded tablet with a usable keyboard and productivity-bias software build sounds interesting. Wait! Haven’t we seen this before? The push towards convertible and 2-in-1 devices has not escaped the Android tablet manufacturers, with many manufacturers including or at least making available a keyboard designed for the tablet: the Google Nexus 9 and Google Pixel C make much of their keyboard case designs, plus we’ve seen Lenovo, Samsung and Sony introduce similar combinations.
Let’s also not forget Google’s other mobile operating system: Chrome OS, and of course the Chromebook. Lenovo’s productivity software interface looks a little Chrome OS-like. With Chromebooks gaining the ability to run Android applications, perhaps a new Motorola Moto tablet will be too little, too late?
SOURCE [Android Police]