Google Play for Education ends, Chromebooks better for schools than Android tablets

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Google Play for Education was a program that sold Android tablets specialized for school use. But its partner vendors have gotten word that the program has ended.

An executive at one of the vendors said he was trying to acquire a quote for an order. After a lengthy wait, ASUS and Samsung said that their products were “end-of-lifed” and suggested that the vendor look at Chromebooks instead. Google sent a missive to the vendor that said the Play for Education program was ending and recommended the same.

The exec believes that the limited user capabilities and environment of the tablets meant it lost out to iPads and other hardware options. Chromebooks proved a better option, “sometimes at lower prices than actual tablets.” With newer models featuring touchscreens and convertible bodies, it would seem that Google is taking the more versatile option — the best selling option for US K-12 schools, Google claims — and running with it.

Google will continue to support current accounts and run its ed apps store.

Source: CRN
Via: Android Police

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Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and has been on the team since May of 2015. Before that, he was a production intern, editing and producing the Pocketnow Weekly podcast and also editing other video projects from the team. He is a Emerson College graduate of 2015 with studies in journalism.