Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Dec 2015 23:31 UTC

Pixel C reviews are pouring in, and they're all virtually the same: pretty awesome hardware, but Android on tablets just isn't any good. The Verge:

But the performance issues, the lack of apps, and the lack of split-screen functionality show that, right now, Android isn’t really even trying to participate in that future. Simply put: the Pixel team has mostly delivered something really good, the Android team has not. Android may not be Google’s answer for the next generation of computing on a tablet. Maybe that will have to wait for whatever weird hybrid ChromeOS / Android thing that Google is supposedly working on.


iOS and Windows are both much better suited to a larger form factor device. Maybe some day Google will implement that "experimental" multi-window mode, which will help. However, right now it's selling a $650 tablet/keyboard combo that can display a single app at a time. Even with a hypothetical split screen mode, you'd still have to deal with a sea of phone apps from developers that are reluctant to implement a large-format layout, in part because even Google doesn't take its own tablet platform seriously.

They're all right, of course. That being said, it's clear the Pixel C isn't really intended as a mass-market product - at least, not right now. No, the real purpose of the Pixel C is to serve as a development device for Google's Android developers, who are currently, by all accounts, working hard not only on combining Android and Chrome OS, but also on bringing more traditional functionality, such as multiwindow, to Android.

Android is movin' on up, and the Pixel C is nothing more than the ladder Google's Android developers need to get there.

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QNX PlayBook
by evert on Wed 9th Dec 2015 12:30 UTC
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I still have a BlackBerry Playbook, which uses QNX as underlying OS. Fast, responsive, good build quality, very nice calendar and email apps. It was such a pleasure to use, if only more apps were ported to it...

Maybe, very maybe, KDE will deliver something in the near future that I might want to try on a tablet.

Edited 2015-12-09 12:31 UTC

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RE: QNX PlayBook
by BlueofRainbow on Wed 9th Dec 2015 18:50 in reply to "QNX PlayBook"
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Unfortunately, for the BlackBerry Playbook as well as the HP Touchpad, and maybe eventually the MS Surface, there is not much room in the market place for a third ecosystem beyond iOS and Android.

The Playbook does not yet feel obsolete for most of the uses thrown at it within my household. At least not against a cheapo Android tablet.

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