Google is officially disbanding its tablet division. The company will not be releasing a Pixel Slate successor this year and will instead focus on offering ChromeOS on laptops like the Pixelbook. Google has also stopped the production of its two unreleased tablets.
“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. Furthermore, Google employees working on the unreleased tablets were asked to find new roles internally. In all likelihood, a majority of the employees will be transferred to Pixelbook laptop line.
However, Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President of Google Devices & Services, took to Twitter to assure users that while Google’s hardware team has ceased working on tablets, Android and Chrome OS are still committed to working with partners on tablets.
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)
— Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) June 20, 2019
It is worth recalling that the Pixel Slate never really picked up. Reviewers praised the hardware, however, they were let down by the half-baked software experience. The lackluster performance on lower variants of the Pixel Slate added to the woes. That apart, the Pixel Slate couldn’t deliver on the promise of offering complete laptop access in a tablet form factor.
Google resolved some of the issues with an update, but the Pixel Slate simply didn’t match up to the iPad Pro. On the brighter side, the Pixelbook has been garnering good feedback ever since its release in 2017. It is very likely that we will see a new Pixelbook 2 by the end of 2019.