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It’s no news that the tablet market is not as lucrative as it was when they were made popular by the Apple iPad in 2010. Smartphones are growing bigger and more powerful by the day, and we now feel more comfortable using them for our multi-tasking needs instead of adding the extra weight of tablets. Many smartphone OEMs have left the tablet game altogether; Motorola is one of them, but according to a new report by Android Police, it appears that the company is making its way back to the tablet game.
According to the report, a reliable source confirmed that the company is working on a new tablet that will run on a version of the Android operating system. To further prove the authenticity of this claim, the source provided a screenshot of the tablet working.
No specifications of the Motorola tablet were revealed, however, so all we have on this upcoming device is the screenshot provided. Thankfully, this provides us with some information about the Motorola tablet.
First, we can deduce that the tablet will have a display size of between 9 and 10 inches. From the look of the display, I expect that this Motorola Android tablet would hae a premium design, moreso as this would be the company’s first tablet device in years, if this report turns out to be true.
We can also see from the screenshot that a Productivity Mode will be present on the device, and Android Police says that this will work to help pin applications to the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. To do this, you’ll have to toggle the switch at the top right corner of the screen on, and then tapping the icon of the app you wish to pin in the navbar.
To unpin a pinned app, you simply long press the app icon on the navigation bar and drag it upwards. You can also turn on the function altogether by toggling the switch mentioned earlier off. This Productivity Mode saves you the trouble of having to go back to the home screen or using the multitask user interface (launched by tapping the Recent Apps icon in the navigation bar) to switch between applications.
This seems to be a feature that’s already present on Google’s Chrome OS and could be a clone of an existing feature on the Yoga Book from Lenovo, but it’s a welcome development all the same.
Finally, the screenshot shows us that the upcoming Motorola Android tablet will feature an app drawer button on the navigation bar, an important feature on a tablet.
All these are just speculations based on the source’s claim and the single screenshot available, but it would be nice to see it come to life. We’ll keep updating you with more information as regards this Motorola Android tablet as they roll in coming weeks.