For those of you who don’t know, the search engine giant used to work on one laptop named Pixel Book and one tablet named Pixel Slate. However, Rick Osterloh from Google team has confirmed that the company will now only focus on the production of laptops as they are dropping the tablet manufacturing. The statement came in response to a report taking rounds of the internet about Google halting two in-development tablets. To recall, the last tablet developed by Google was the Pixel Slate launched in 2018. This report also claimed that no other devices such as Pixel smartphones or Google Home/Nest products will be affected by this decision as the company has separate manufacturing departments for each device.
The first report was landed on ComputerWorld on Thursday claiming that Google will step back from making tablets as it will solely focus on manufacturing laptops from now on. The report further claimed that the decision has affected two small-sized tablets that were in their early stages of development. According to the report, the company will be turning these two into scrap so that the hardware team can get on with just laptops in the future.
JR Raphael from ComputerWorld wrote, “A Google spokesperson directly confirmed all of these details to me.” “The news was revealed at an internal company meeting on Wednesday, and Google is currently working to reassign employees who were focused on the abandoned projects onto other areas. Many of them, I’m told, have already shifted over to the laptop side of that same self-made hardware division,” he further added.
Just after this report from ComputerWorld, the SVP of Google devices and services Rick Osterloh confirmed the news on Twitter. He said that while the company will continue to offer support for Pixel Slate for long-term, it will not make any more tablets.
Osterloh wrote, “Hey, it’s true…Google’s HARDWARE team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward, but make no mistake, Android & Chrome OS teams are 100% committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu).”
It is not a surprise to see Google backing up from manufacturing tablets since the company had a hard time selling tablets if we keep aside the original Nexus 7. As a matter of fact, no other tablet maker apart from Apple has seen major success in the tablet market.
ComputerWorld report quoted, “Pixel phones and Pixel computers are two different departments, and the roadmap in question is related exclusively to the latter.”
This implies that despite the confirmation coming straight from Osterloh, the other products will not have any impact from the latest development ditch.