Google’s Hugo Barra: Android tablets have ‘been lagging,’ but change is coming


The market for Android tablets is exploding. From the end of 2012 to the end of this June, Android tablet activations jumped from 10 million to 70 million. Nearly one in every two tablets sold nowadays runs Android, Google says. And of all the Android tablets sold over the last year, more than 10 percent were Google’s Nexus 7, elevating the small slate to blockbuster status for the Nexus line. But as big as the growth spurt is, Android tablets still lag behind Apple’s iPads — not only is there an undeniable lack of compelling tablet apps, Google executives say hardware needs to step up, too.

In what’s becoming an annual tradition, Google is insisting that the app situation on Android tablets is improving. And while Android currently…

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