Somehow, Android tablets continue to exist. For some reason, people might still be buying them. All of this despite Google‘s best attempts over the last few years to clearly disregard the form factor, which includes not only not launching any more of its own tablets, but also not adapting Android to larger screen sizes at all.
Today, Google has unexpectedly remembered that Android tablets exist, and has revealed a new feature designed specifically for them. Isn’t it incredible? Something Android-based and optimised for tablets. Surely, Hell has froze over.
Anyway, I’m sure that’s enough snark for now, and you’re probably curious what this is. It’s called Entertainment Room, and it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s “a one-stop, personalised home for all your favourite movies, shows, videos, sports, and books,” according to Google.
It saves you the trouble of jumping between apps to find out what’s where by providing an aggregate view of content from your apps, grouped by category.
The Watch tab contains movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos. This includes a row for “Continue Watching,” as well as customised and trending recommendation rows from Google TV, Twitch, Hulu, and “many more services.”
The Games tab contains a Continue Playing row (see the theme? ), as well as suggestions. Some games are also available to play right now, so you can check them out without having to wait for them to download.
Finally, the Read tab is where you can access your books, but it seems that this only works with Google Play Books. You’ll always need to go to the app if you’re a big Kindle user. Audiobooks are also available here, but there is no mention of Audible. And, of course, there are suggestions.
Entertainment Space will be available on Walmart tablets starting this month, and it will be available globally “later this year” on “new and select existing Android tablets from Lenovo, Sharp, and others.” Unfortunately, that’s everything there is to know regarding availability.