Android Tablets From Google, Samsung and More See Monster Savings in Amazon’s Spring Sale

Buying a new Android tablet just got cheaper thanks to a clutch of Amazon Big Spring Sale deals that can save you a bundle on some of the most popular Android tablets around. Google, Samsung and Lenovo are all represented with prices starting from just $100.

Whether it’s a flagship Google Pixel Tablet or a bargain Lenovo tab that you’re buying, these deals aren’t going to stick around for long. Amazon’s special event ends in just a few days which means acting now is the only way to make sure you lock these discounted prices in before they’re gone for good.

Those looking for the cheapest tablet available as part of this deal need look no further than the Lenovo Tab M9, a $150 tablet that’s now available for just $100. It sports a large 9-inch display and 32GB of storage and includes a folio case so you can stand it up and enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies.

Those shopping at the opposite end of the market can choose the Google Pixel Tablet from just $399. That’ll get you the model with 128GB of storage and a $100 saving while a 256GB model is also available with a whopping $150 off. Both models come with an 11-inch display and are powered by Google’s Tensor G2 chip. Looking for something in between these two? The Lenovo Tab M10 Plus is just $150 while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE is down to $350, a $100 saving.

Don’t worry if Amazon doesn’t have the right offer for you at the moment. Our list of the best tablet deals covers the length and breadth of the internet and is regularly updated to make sure you always get the best price available.

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Every Google app updated for Android tablets, foldables [Gallery]

At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.

—Gboard IV

Update 2/17/24: Gboard is rolling out a toolbar when you connect (wired or wireless) a physical keyboard. This pill appears at the bottom of the screen by default, but can be moved anywhere. It serves as a suggestion strip and is flanked by a button that shrinks the toolbar down to a vertical pill on the left/right edge. An overflow menu provides access to clipboard, translate, and the full keyboard, while providing quick access to supported shortcuts. 

Google, on the Pixel Tablet, is rolling out an Assistant voice typing toolbar so that the full keyboard doesn’t have to remain visible during transcription. The overflow menu is unchanged and you can move it around like the physical keyboard version. 

—Google Docs, Sheets, Slides IV

Google Docs/Sheets/Slides on Android tablets now offer a Format sidebar as an alternative to the toolbar. Tapping the button at the end of the strip opens a panel that appears to the right of the page(s). Besides better spacing, you get access to more controls in this persistent UI. 


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—Gboard III

Update 12/22/23: Gboard’s new stylus handwriting support lets you “Write in text fields” with a stylus. Gestures let you delete, select, insert, join, and add a new line. As you write, a floating “keyboard toolbar” provides shortcuts, like the ability to launch an Emoji window and quickly switch languages. You can move this pill-shaped floating panel anywhere.

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Google improving integration between Android phones and tablets

It is well-known that Apple has better integration between its devices than any other brand. While Samsung has the second-best integration among its devices, it is still not as seamless or easy to use as Apple’s. Google is trying to bring the same level of integration among Android devices.

Google is building better integration between Android devices

Google has been testing for ‘Cross-Device Services’ over the past few years for integration between Android and Chrome OS devices. It looks like Google is finally developing more cross-device features for better integration between Android-based smartphones and tablets. Some of those features have been available on iPhones, iPads, and Macs have had for years. It was discovered by @AssembleDebug (via 9To5Google) that Google could rename the Cross-Device Services settings in Play Services (version 24.06.12) to ‘Devices & Sharing,’ and it has three features: Call Cast, Hotspot Sharing, and Wi-Fi Sharing.

All these three features are self-explanatory. Call Cast allows you to transfer an incoming/ongoing video or voice call from one Android device to another device that is logged into the same Google account. Hotspot Sharing allows you to automatically enable Wi-Fi Hotspot on one device from another device and then connect it to it automatically. With the Wi-Fi Sharing feature, you can get the Wi-Fi network password on one device from another device that is already linked to that Wi-Fi network.

Google has been building a feature called Device Groups that allows a user to link multiple devices to the same Google account and enable certain features between them. Earlier this year, Google merged its Nearby Share feature into Samsung’s Quick Share feature for seamless wireless file sharing.


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Every Google app updated for Android tablets, foldables [Gallery]

At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.

—Gboard III

Update 12/22/23: Gboard’s new stylus handwriting support lets you “Write in text fields” with a stylus. Gestures let you delete, select, insert, join, and add a new line. As you write, a floating “keyboard toolbar” provides shortcuts, like the ability to launch an Emoji window and quickly switch languages. You can move this pill-shaped floating panel anywhere.

We’ve so far seen this on Pixel and Samsung Galaxy tablets. Meanwhile, the old handwriting approach, which gives you a dedicated keyboard surface, remains.

—Chrome III

Chrome now defaults to loading a website’s desktop mode on “premium” Android tablets, which Google defines as devices with at least 8 GB of RAM and a 10-inch or bigger display.

—Gmail II

Earlier this month, Google finally started rolling out the navigation rail to Android tablets after first introducing it on foldables. You get to see an additional line of text on the last (seventh) email due to the bottom bar’s removal, but you do lose some width because Google added the nav rail to the message column/list without changing the space for the email body.


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—Google Maps

Update 11/26/23: The Google Maps bottom bar no longer spans the entire width of your screen. On foldables, it takes up half the screen, while it’s just under that on tablets. This matches the search bar on the sheet of info.

—Google Drive II

At this point, the UI

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Every Google app updated for Android tablets [Gallery]

At I/O 2022, Google announced that it will update over 20 of its first-party apps for large screens in a show of its commitment to the form factor. This will undoubtedly improve the experience for existing owners and is meant to encourage other developers to do the same. Here’s every Google app on Android that has a tablet update and what’s still to come.

—Google Maps

Update 11/26/23: The Google Maps bottom bar no longer spans the entire width of your screen. On foldables, it takes up half the screen, while it’s just under that on tablets. This matches the search bar on the sheet of info.

—Google Drive II

At this point, the UI of Google Drive on tablets is basically the website. This includes a tappable folder hierarchy that gives you an idea of where you’re browsing and allows for easy navigation. You also now get “Last modified” and “Storage used” columns in the list view, though this replaces the two-column layout.

Google Drive tablet website

There’s also now a two-page view for PDFs by tapping the new button in the top-right corner of the toolbar.

—Gmail

While a navigation rail exists on foldables, Gmail for Android tablets still uses a bottom bar. However, it did gain the ability to open links in a side-by-side Chrome Custom Tab instead of taking over the entire screen. The inbox/message list disappears from the left half and is replaced by the message body. Shrinking the web page will give you three columns of information.


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—Google Docs, Sheets, Slides III

Update 9/10/23: Google Workspace’s editor apps on Android now look like their web counterparts. Instead of a solid app bar, there’s a pill-shaped Material 3 toolbar for font and formatting.

Other controls for undo/redo, text/paragraph (pop-up panel), insert, etc. appear in the top-right

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Google Drive on tablets now looks even more like the website

Google is rolling out its latest round of large-screen optimizations for Drive, and the clear trend is how the website UI is coming to Android tablets and foldables. 

Google Drive now shows a “tappable folder hierarchy for their current view” at the top of the screen. In addition to serving as an indicator of where you’re browsing, you can tap to “easily navigate out of nested folders.”

Notably, that hierarchy also exists on the Google Drive website, and the similarities continue with “per-file data columns to show when a file was last modified and how much storage is used” in the tablet app. This appears to replace the two-column list view that previously helped show more content per screen.

  • Google Drive tablet website
  • Google Drive tablet website

Finally, Google makes mention of a “color palette that matches the Google Material Design 3 guidelines.” This applies to the grid view with each folder and file now placed in a card, while the file name appears at the top instead of below the preview.

Another visual tweak unifies the navigation rail on the left with the app bar so that the file view is partitioned into its own section with rounded corners (in the top-left). These changes are rolling out now.

Similarly, Google recently updated Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android with a toolbar straight from the web UI. The latest tweak is meant to improve the editing experience:

  • In Docs, there is a new mode switcher that allows you to switch between editing, suggestion, and viewing modes. 
  • In Slides, you will have access to an ever-present toolbar while in editing mode. 
  • In Sheets, a cell will be selected by default upon opening the app. 

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