After countless new beginnings, Google now lets it be final: the construction of tablets. Hardware boss Rick Osterloh has confirmed that Google's previously responsible for tablets hardware team will focus in the future solely on notebooks. Google's last tablet was the unsuccessful Pixel Slate.
That Google's tablet division is on the wane, had already emerged in March of this year, when a media report said that responsible for tablets and notebooks team at Google had reduced by many employees and the proposed roadmap had been cut. From official side it means only that in the future no Tablets are to be developed more with Google.
The confirmation of Rick Osterloh was preceded by a report by Computerworldbased on no less official statements from a Google spokesperson. According to Google have worked on two smaller tablets, but now working on these devices set to put the focus completely on notebooks. Rick Osterloh has recently confirmed this reorientation on Twitter.
New Pixelbook with Chrome OS in progress
The decision does not affect Google's pixel smartphones, pixel accessories, smart home products or other divisions of the group. Only Google's tablet ambitions are affected. According to a Google spokesman, a new pixelbook with Chrome OS is likely to hit the market before the end of the year.
Google's latest tablet, the Pixel Slate, runs on Intel x86 processors instead of a Snapdragon chip and relies on Chrome OS instead of Android. After Germany, the tablet has never made it since its launch in the fall of last year. In the United States and the United Kingdom, Google offers the Core m3, Core i5 and Core i7 tablet priced from $ 799 (before tax) and $ 749 respectively.
No tablet as successful as the Nexus 7
Forerunner of the Pixel Slate was the Pixel C (test) running with Android and Nvidia Tegra X1, which in 2015 was the best Android tablet on the market. Nevertheless, the operating system also lacked features for large displays and use in the workplace. Google's tablet history also includes the 2014 Nexus 9 developed with HTC, the 2012 Nexus 10 developed with Samsung, and the Nexus 7 – Google's most popular tablet ever created in 2012 and 2013 with Asus.