Remember the Google Pixel Slate that was launched last year but faced backlash over software-related issues? Well, apparently, that was the end of tablets for Google who has now decided not to launch a sequel to Pixel Slate.
Instead, it will focus more on improving Chrome OS and its Pixelbook laptops, reports Computer World. As far as the existing Google Pixel slate is concerned, it will continue receive support and timely upgrades and updates till June 2024.
Rick Osterloh, SVP, Google, further confirmed the news on Twitter and stated, “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)”.
Apparently, the announcement about Google not launching Pixel Slate 2 was revealed at an internal company meeting this Wednesday. It’s now planning to shift employees, who were earlier assigned the development of Google Pixel Slate onto other areas (mostly, to work on its laptops).
Google hasn’t clarified the reason regarding the halt of Google Pixel Slate 2 but if we go by the speculation, it’s probably due to customer feedback which ranged from poor to average. Although the hardware of the tablet received an overall good review, many found Pixel Slate to be overpriced, the one where Chrome OS needed a lot more work.
It also generally received average reviews from the experts who came to the conclusion that the device didn’t exactly offer the expected bang for the buck, especially in such a saturated and highly competitive market. It seems like the Google Pixel products (except Google Pixelbook of course) have been jinxed from doing well as it also suffered a huge drop in the annual sales of its flagship Pixel models.
Now, although the news of Google axing the production of its tablets does seem a little unexpected, it’s not entirely surprising. This is because earlier this year in March, reports of Google making a cut in its hardware department, including laptop and tablet development, came to light.