Google will no longer pursue making its own tablet devices. This rumour was confirmed by Rick Osterloh, head of Google’s hardware business, on his tweet.
It is said that Google will no longer waste its effort on trying to compete Apple iPad Tablet but instead to focus on Chromebook laptops.
According to a Google spokesperson, the company has halted the production of two unreleased tablet devices and will not come out with a successor to the Pixelbook Slate. Instead, the company says it will shift resources and focus more attention on its Pixelbook laptop line.
“For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday.
Osterloh later clarified that only tablets would be canceled and that Google is “committed to our many other hardware categories.”
To confirm this claim Google has cancelled two follow-ups to the Pixel Slate, but will continue to produce further Pixelbook laptops.
The company’s last effort at building an Android tablet Pixel C has stoop recieving support from Google’s upcoming Android P.
However, while Google is abandoning its tablet business, Osterloh said Google would continue to support Pixel Slate owners for the long term. The announcement does not effect Google’s partners, most especially Samsung, who use Google’s software on their mobile devices.
Likewise, Google will also not have an affect on the Pixel phone business.
Google employees working on the unreleased (and now discontinued) tablets were told of the news on Wednesday, according to the spokesperson. These employees which totaled around 20 have been asked to find new roles internally. Most employees, the spokesperson said, will transfer to work on its Pixelbook laptop line.
The decision to shut down Google tablet may be due to the last year released Pixel Slate which received largely mediocre reviews. The tablet was praise for it’s hardware design, but the software was not welcomed.
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Osterloh promises Google is still focused on the software part of tablet support, even if it isn’t investing in hardware. Likewise, the fact that Google is “focusing on building laptops” should mean a new Pixelbook is on the way. The last version released in 2017.