The consumer electronics market continues to be affected by recurring epidemics and the supply chain remains tight. However, we still see a number of impressive new hardware products and software updates on H1. If the keyword in the entire consumer electronics market in 2021 is a “foldable smartphone”, it is almost predictable that the “tablet” will become the keyword in the consumer electronics market in 2022. From the beginning of the year to In June, Oppo, Vivo, Apple, Samsung, Lenovo, Huawei, Realme and other smartphone makers released all tablets. The tablet market now has many more options, which is good for customers.
Why are there so many tablets?
The slowdown in shipment growth, stagnant technology and prolonged replacement cycles are the reasons why many mobile phone manufacturers are initially exploring the tablet PC market. According to the latest data released by the market research agency IDC, in the first quarter of 2022, China’s smartphone market shipment was about 74.2 million units, down 14.1% year on year.
IDC claims that factors such as the impact of the ongoing epidemic recovery on consumer budgets and the small scale of new product upgrades have led to continued sluggish market demand. This has led many mobile phone manufacturers to adopt more stable and conservative features. strategy. The market will face huge challenges throughout the year.
Without the emergence of additional positive stimuli, the capacity of China’s smartphone market could fall below the 300 million mark in 2022. It is understandable that with the current state of the mobile phone system, hardware and experience become more serious. Tablet PCs may not become the “cash cow” business of various manufacturers in the future. However, its significance is now very different from the past.
Google returns to the tablet market
In fact, Google said in I / O 2022 in May that it will return to the tablet market next year. The company will release a series of Pixel tablets. However, just like its smartphones and watches, the tablet business will not be Google’s main business. The company will also enter the market of foldable smartphones.
The good news is that next year, we will see more useful features and even major changes to Android tablets. The bad news is that this is enough time for developers to do the customization work for a while. In any case, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturers will go all the way to the tablet.
Upcoming trends for tablet PC
From the presentations on iPadOS 16 and Google I / O, we can see several trends for the tablet in the future. The first is a more professional and larger screen. There are rumors that next year Apple will release a 14.1-inch iPad product. This may be different from the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Growing up is not the first of its kind for Apple. Earlier this year, Samsung’s Tab S8 Ultra reduced the tablet size to 14.6 inches. The large screen and top accessories mean that these devices will also be expensive.
The second trend is that there will be more professional software on the tablet platform. As of today, many applications have not been optimized for tablet. This means that when they work on a tablet, they do not work properly. Of course, in the future, we will see many versions of applications for tablets.
At the moment, even iPadOS can not avoid software that “deals” with custom upgrades. When an application is not optimized for a large screen, it can be problematic. The consequence of this feature is that on a large 10-inch screen, the content may not be displayed properly. However, when a smartphone application is on a tablet, its operating experience can be very awful.
Then, with the optimization of the iPadOS and Android system, the addition of more features and the opening of interfaces, the customized applications will gain more revenue and even attention.
Finally, there is the fusion tablet, laptop and desktop
Lately, it is difficult to find a “technician” who uses only one device. In fact, most tech nerds today have a wide range of devices, such as smartphones, tablets, desktops and even laptops. However, there is a strong skew distribution of operating systems. These systems are often incompatible with each other. Even within the same brand, it is technically impossible for there to be a seamless collaboration. For example, transferring a job you did in macOS to iPadOS may not be easy even when they come from the same brand.
However, Huawei is changing the story with seamless laptop-tablet collaboration. Other brands are now towing this trail. Apple iPadOS and macOS are now approaching seamless collaboration. In the future, there will be a system integration of these two platforms. The most notable update to iPadOS 16 is the addition of pre-stage programming. This increases the usability of the iPad for multiple tasks and boosts productivity. Pre-stage programming has the same operating method, usage logic, and interface presentation on iPadOS 16 and macOS 13.
The Android tablet will also get more practical and advanced features when connecting to Windows in the future. Thus, the application of the usability of the tablet will be better.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the demand for widescreen monitors has increased. This is due to the fact that many people now have to work, even at school from home. This is a function that the small screens of smartphones can not handle. With this higher demand, more smartphone brands are now seeing the need to enter the tablet market quickly.