Google Abandons Tablet Market

Google Abandons Tablet Market
Google's plans for two new tablet devices, as well as a follow-up to the Pixel Slate, have now been ditched.

(CCM) — Google has decided to call a halt to its tablet-building efforts, scrapping the production of two as-yet unreleased tablet devices, according to a Business Insider report. The decision also means that there will now be no follow up to the company's Pixel Slate tablet.

But Google will continue to develop Chrome OS, the operating system that powered its most recent tablets as well as its Pixelbook laptops, a Google spokesperson said in the report.

"Chrome OS has grown in popularity across a broad range of form factors, and we'll continue to work with our ecosystem of partners on laptops and tablets. For Google's first-party hardware efforts, we'll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate," the spokesperson said.

Many of Google's staff who were working on the abandoned tablet devices have been moved to the company's Pixelbook laptop team, but others have been reassigned to work on "confidential projects," according to the report.

The cancellation of the Pixel Slate product comes as no surprise because the existing models were perceived by many as too expensive and too slow, and thus not well received in the market.

Google's most recent Pixelbook was released in 2017, so a product refresh is now long overdue.

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