After Nearly Perfecting It, Google Is Abandoning The Tablet

Kelley Robertson
June 22, 2019

The news, later confirmed by Google, came courtesy of Computerworld - but it certainly does not mean that Android or Chrome OS tablets are dead.

So, yes, Google might make devices with a tablet mode, such as said Pixelbook which rotates on a 360-degree hinge, but it won't be making standalone tablets like the iPad or Kindle.

While the Pixel Slate will receive future updates and support until its EoL status, you won't be able to buy a successor, as it is one of the two devices that got canceled.

The two tablets in the working at Google were smaller than the current Pixel Slate, but the company wasn't satisfied by the QA test results and made a decision to pull the plug on the projects. Even Google stopped making tablets until we saw them release the Pixel Slate a year ago. Instead, it will focus exclusively on laptop form factors. In fact, Google even teased a mint green Pixel 3 a year ago, but it eventually released the "Not Pink" color. Now, new reports are stating that the company will not be making tablets entirely.

Since not even the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones have been selling well, we can only assume how bad things were for the Pixel Slate.

Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of devices and services, confirmed the news in a tweet Thursday. That's apparent from its lack of product offerings in this segment over the past couple of years - save for the Pixel Slate that received a lukewarm response owing to poor software and a high price point. Other employees from the tablet projects will move to "confidential projects".

While neither Osterloh or Google is saying why it's chose to stop making its own tablets one could look to the Pixel Slate's lukewarm reception as a reason. The Pixel 2 phones were announced on October 19, 2017, while last year's Pixel 3 phones were revealed on October 4.

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