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‘Tablets’ Section Returns on Official Android Website

Despite the lack of demand for Android tablets, there are newer options available for customers to purchase that would be better suited for the site

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The tablet section which disappeared from Google’s official Android website is back now, the media reported.

In response to a user on Twitter, Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems at Google, replied that the tablet section’s removal was just a bug that popped up while updating the website, 9to5google.com reported on Saturday.

“Oops we had a bug when we updated the site. It’s back up now. Sorry for the confusion!” Lockheimer tweeted.

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What’s particularly weird is the fact that the three tablets highlighted on the site are the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8.0, and the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, the report said.

Despite the lack of demand for Android tablets, there are newer options available for customers to purchase that would be better suited for the site. (IANS)

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Google Redesigning the News Tab of its Desktop Search

According to the report, even though the change itself is relatively minor, it is part of a larger effort by Google to improve its news products

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A man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco, May 1, 2019. VOA

Laying more emphasis on headlines and publisher names, Google is redesigning the News tab of its desktop search.

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’re rolling out a redesigned News tab in Search on desktop. The refreshed design makes publisher names more prominent and organises articles more clearly to help you find the news you need,” Google News Initiative announced on Twitter on Friday.

The updated redesign would bring the News tab closer to the dedicated Google News site and display stories in a card format rather than a list, making headlines and publishers appear clearer.

The company is grouping news stories on same topic together to let users looking for broader coverage on a subject distinguish different strands of the case, The Verge reported.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

The updated News tab would be rolling out to users around the world in the coming weeks.

According to the report, even though the change itself is relatively minor, it is part of a larger effort by Google to improve its news products.

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To make its news reliable, Gooogle has formed partnerships with news organisations, created new mechanisms to let users subscribe to publishers, set up programmes to fight fake news and relaunched its own dedicated News app with new AI features. (IANS)