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Was Android actually Google's third operating system choice for its new Pixel C tablet? The Pixel C finally went on sale this week—but our full review notes that the convertible tablet feels like hardware in search of the software to make it a compelling product. Perhaps that's because, internally, Google engineers seem to have been searching for a compelling Pixel C software package for the last year and a half. The contradiction between hardware and software is visible all over the tablet, so two examples will suffice. The hardware's keyboard and big screen would point to it being a productivity device, but the software's lack of a split-screen mode and apps optimized for the screen's size hamstring the Pixel C. The hardware seems geared for voice command functionality, given its array of four top-mounted microphones, but the software doesn't support Google's always-on voice commands. It's also odd that … [Read more...] about The Pixel C was probably never supposed to run Android
The Pixel C tablet has had a tough life. Under its code name of "Ryu," the Pixel C started life in the Chrome OS open source repository, seemingly indicating that at one point it was meant to run Chrome OS. Google was experimenting with a touchscreen interface for Chrome OS to the point that an on-screen keyboard (which is mostly useless on a laptop) shipped in the stable version. A finished version of an "all-touch" Chrome OS never materialized, though, and we ended up with a Pixel C running regular Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Further ReadingThe Pixel C was probably never supposed to run AndroidThe result was a "productivity" device that couldn't multitask. You could type like a champ with the Pixel C's keyboard, but the one-app-at-a-time nature of Android made things like referencing information while typing pretty much impossible. The Pixel C was all the more disappointing because we knew a split screen mode was coming—a "highly experimental" version of the feature debuted in … [Read more...] about One year later: Can Android 7.0 Nougat save the Pixel C?
It looks like Android M is taking some baby steps toward addressing our complaints about Android on large-screened tablets. The preview build released yesterday includes a split keyboard for easier thumb typing, but if you dig a little deeper you can also find a "highly experimental" split-screen multitasking mode that suggests that Google is doing more work on the problem behind the scenes. Enabling this feature is no simple task (and if you do it, we take no responsibility for damage you do to your hardware). Start by flashing your tablet to Android M, and then flash your recovery partition with the latest version of TWRP for the Nexus 9. Boot into recovery, mount Android's System partition, and change the "build.prop" file to indicate that this is a "userdebug" build of M (the process is explained in more detail in this Reddit post). Reboot, ignore any warnings, head into the developer options, and you'll be able to enable multi-window mode. Google's warning dialog calls this … [Read more...] about This is Android M’s “highly experimental” multi-window mode for tablets