Google Says It Will No Longer Make Tablets; Scraps 2 Unreleased Ones

Posted: Jun 20 2019, 6:25pm CDT | by , in Technology News

Google says it will no longer make tablets; scraps 2 unreleased ones
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Google has raised the white flag in its tablet device battle with Apple.

Google has given up on tablets, saying it will no longer continue making its own tablets, and even cancelled the production of two unreleased devices.

An unnamed spokesperson from Google told Business Insider that the tech giant will instead dedicate more resources and attention on its Pixelbook laptop line. The spokesperson cited Google employees working on the unreleased tablets, who were told about the news. Many of them were transitioned to working on the Pixelbook laptop line, while some of them were moved to "confidential projects."

Google launched its latest Pixel Slate tablet back in October, with an entry price of $599. The Pixel Slate is the company’s first tablet to be powered by Intel, making it more like a laptop than a regular tablet. Google’s Pixelbook and Chromebook Pixel currently run on Intel processors.

However, Business Insider said Chrome OS, Google's operating system for Pixelbook laptops and its latest tablets, will still remain.

"Chrome OS has grown in popularity across a broad range of form factors, and we'll continue to work with our ecosystem of partners on laptops and tablets. For Google's first-party hardware efforts, we'll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate," the company spokesperson reportedly said.

Google would have released two smaller tablets smaller than the 12.3-inch Pixelbook Slate. The company source told the news outlet that the two new devices would have been launched after 2019. However, the company decided not to push through with the two after they failed quality-assurance testing, prompting Google to scrap its entire tablet lineup.

The company launched its first tablet, the Pixel C, in 2015, without much hype and with not much good reviews. The public also did not warmly welcome the Pixel Slate, which Google planned to use to challenge Microsoft's Surface Pro and Apple's iPad Pro.

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