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Maybe Sony hasn’t given up on Android tablets yet

by Justin Herrick | March 27, 2018March 27, 2018 12:00 pm PST

Android tablets aren’t getting any attention these days. The large-screen experience for the platform never developed properly, and interest in the form factor overall has faded. It’s gotten so bad that even Google pulled its own tablet from the market in late 2017. There could be one company that isn’t giving up, though. Later this year we might see a new Android tablet released by Sony.

The Xperia XZ2 is Sony’s latest flagship, and there’s an app with some code that seems to reveal a tablet is on the way. It’d be the first tablet released by the company in nearly three years. Sony announced the Xperia Z4 in 2015 with Android tablets as a whole unofficially dying shortly after.

Sony’s Camera app on the Xperia XZ2 went through a teardown, courtesy of Sumahoinfo. The illustrations found in the code reveal several mobile devices with front-facing cameras positioned at the top in landscape mode. Tablets often have this positioning, not phones.

Beyond storing some illustrations, the code also directly references two tablets with 8- and 10-inch displays.

The logical name for any upcoming tablet from Sony would be the Xperia XZ2 Tablet, though there hasn’t been a predecessor necessitating a number just yet. It would be easier, however, if the company did include the number to align the tablet with the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact hitting the market now.

We haven’t heard anything about the development of a new Android tablet from Sony (or really anyone, for that matter), but the code doesn’t lie. There does appear to be work going on behind the scenes to bring an Android tablet to the market. Now we wait and see what happens.

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Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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