Google Play for Education has just launched in the UK, and despite the huge range of Android tablets available on the market only a few are currently supported for use in schools.
In fact, just two tablets — one of which Google no longer directly sells — are available to schools through Google Play for Education. They are the Nexus 7 — both the 2012 and 2o13 models — and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education.
- Nexus 7 2013 – Model number: Nexus 7, Serial number will be 8 characters long
- Nexus 7 2012 – Model number: Nexus 7, Model: ME370T, Serial number will be 16 characters long
- Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Education: Model number: SM-T530NN
I’ve spoken to Google and they assure me that this range will broaden in the near future, but at the moment only a limited number of tablets are supported. 3G/LTE devices are not supported at this time.
Some Google Play features are also only available on certain versions of Android. You can use the chart below to see if which features apply to which tablet model.
|Tablet||Android Version||Supported features|
|Single student device setup||Shared device setup||Using tablets for assessment|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Education||4.4.2||X|
It’s also worth noting Google’s tablet end of life information before buying new hardware. After these dates Google does not guarantee further Google Play for Education support.
|Product||End of Life date|
|Nexus 7 (2012)||July 2015|
|Nexus 7 (2013)||July 2016|
|HP Slate 8 Pro (US)||April 2016|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab4 Education||April 2017|
|ASUS Transformer Pad (US)||May 2017|