It’s official now as Google confirms they won’t be in the tablet market any more. One of their spokespersons has confirmed it already in an interview to Business Insider citing that even though they’ll keep supporting their Pixel Slate model, but they’ll be scrapping a couple of unannounced and smaller products from here on.
With this move, Google will be focusing on its Chrome OS notebook computers now as the report suggested.
“For the first-party hardware from Google, we’ll keep our focus on the Chrom OS notebooks and our support for Pixel Slate will continue,” the spokesperson from Google said. It is not pretty much clear as to which these cancelled machines were but it’s, probably, something smaller compared to 12.3” Slate which is on sale already. These hardware machines were expected to ship somewhere around that same time in this year. Google’s Senior Vice President of Devices and Services used Twitter for this moves confirmation.
“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)”
It was this last Wednesday when the folks working on these unannounced devices were informed about the decision from Google. As highlighted in the report, it was a 20-people team and most of it is expectedly going to work with the team already working on Pixelbook.
Google has a history of finding it tough to be competitive in tablet market, usually because it doesn’t have much of tablet-oriented applications that would work with Chrome OS and Android. On the other hand, the iPad from Apple turns out to be an undeniable winner in this market which primarily comprises of Apple’s own tablets and a lot of other cheap options moving towards lower side of the spectrum. Surface from Microsoft has also gained some popularity in the notebook market and may be a replacement for many as well.