Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

No new Google-branded tablets; Pixel Slate is now a collector's item

No new Google-branded tablets; Pixel Slate is now a collector's item

Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of devices and services, says his team now plans to abandon their self-made tablets, and will focus on making new laptops instead. It's a crying shame as Google's merging of Android and Chrome OS for last years abysmally reviewed Pixel Slate was perhaps the flawless tablet OS. Importantly Osterloh confirmed that the Android and Chrome OS teams "are 100 per cent committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market". The Tablet market has been lagging behind for quite some years.

Google hasn't publically announced any tablets since the Slate, but according to Computerworld it had at least two devices in development.

In the interim let's all moan and groan because dang it Google had the potential to craft something really tremendous. Does it consider the Pixel Slate a tablet? That's a problem for both Android and Chrome OS-based tablets (the latter platform can run Android apps).

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Samsung and Huawei announced the products back in February this year, however, Huawei confirmed that it wishes to be "cautious". Samsung and some of the carriers selling the Galaxy Fold have had to cancel pre-orders for the device until it is fixed .

Google is giving up its tablet business and is doubling down on laptops. Things started to look even worse when rumours abounded in March that Google was reorganising its hardware division. Of course Pixel smartphone designs will continue to be a major activity at Google too. Osterloh originally commented in response to an article from earlier in the day, which suggested that Google is "giving up on competing with Apple's iPad as it stops making its own tablets and cancels 2 unreleased devices".

A Google spokesperson directly confirmed all of these details to me. This means the Pixelbook convertible will continue to stay as it comes under Google's definition of a 'laptop'.

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