Google reportedly canceled future tablet and laptop projects

Donna Miller
March 14, 2019

One source claims that the Create team had a "bunch of stuff in the works", and that the movement of employees away from the project is indicative of the company "par [ing] down the portfolio" of products. The tablet is, well, a Google tablet, and as usual, it debuted to a lukewarm reception.

One chink of light is that the team are being asked to redeploy to temporary posts inside the organisation, suggesting that Google wants to hedge its bets on hardware and possibly restart development after a moratorium.

Google is cutting back the laptop and tablet division of its hardware group, suggesting that the search behemoth is giving up on making its own hardware for Chrome OS.

By asking employees to seek temporary, rather than permanent, new roles, Google may be leaving itself flexibility to boost staffing on the Create hardware team in the future. Given the competition within the laptop market, this isn't too surprising.

The Pixel Slate, the company's first attempt at a 2-in-1 was greeted with similar "yes, but dat price" enthusiasm when we first saw it launch alongside the Pixel 3 range.

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The Galaxy S9 family got the OTA first, and then the Note 9 began its Android 9 journey early this year . One line of code mentions "davinci5G", which could refer to a 5G model of the next Note device.

Manufacturing plans haven't been adjusted, however, which means that the products that Google plans to release in the short term wouldn't be affected by Google's restructuring.

A report like this raises more questions than it answers, so we'll make sure to keep an eye out for any follow-up coverage as it comes out. Still, the Pixelbook, with its aluminum chassis and high-end screen, was seen as a model for what a premium, Mac-like Chromebook could look like. Unfortunately, this impressive performance doesn't extend to the company's tablets and laptops, and it now seems Google is taking action.

Google's tablets meanwhile have struggled to hit the right note with consumers. To be clear, the employees aren't being laid off; they are just being moved to different departments within Google or Alphabet, its parent company.

Since the start of the Nexus smartphone program, Google's made hardware as a sort of guide for the rest of the industry.

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