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Google reportedly canceled future tablet and laptop projects

Pixel Slate
Pixel Slate (Image credit: Jerry Hildenbrand / Android Central)

Since Google started its big hardware push in 2016, we've seen two laptop/tablets emerge from these efforts — the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate. According to a new report, Google's now taking employees that worked on those devices, moving them to new departments, and canceling future projects that were being worked on.

Per Business Insider:

Dozens of Google employees working on the company's Create team — an internal hardware division responsible for developing and manufacturing Google's laptop and tablet products — have been told to find new projects within Google or its parent company Alphabet amid what sources describe as "road-map cutbacks."Among the affected employees who were given notice of the cutbacks in the past two weeks are hardware engineers, technical program managers, and those who support program managers. Sources say that projects have been canceled within the laptop and tablet division, prompting the changes, but that team members have been instructed to find new roles temporarily within Google or Alphabet.

The Pixelbook (opens in new tab) from 2017 was met with widely positive reviews from critics and consumers alike, but last year's Pixel Slate (opens in new tab) was a pretty notable letdown due to poorly optimized software, a finicky keyboard accessory, and steep pricing that proved to be tough to swallow considering what the device brought to the table.

Going forward, it's unclear what this means for future Google-made laptops and tablets. The report indicates that projects have been canceled, but does that mean all of them or just ones that weren't very far along? What does this mean in regards to post-purchase support for Pixelbook and Pixel Slate customers? If Google's already making changes like this for its tablet/laptop division, what's that say for other hardware projects the company's working on?

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.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

13 Comments
  • And they think their new gaming service is going to be successful. You'd be stupid to invest in anything new Google does. It has a very high likelihood of being sunsetted in a very short time.
  • Said the same thing yesterday. You cannot trust Google to support anything anymore.
    Even when they have success a single mistep and they are onto the next project leaving their consumers behind.
  • I left Windows Central after my windows phone finally died and I had to get an android, and here I am seeing the same exact comments I used to read there lol
  • Not surprising, but when you hype ChromeBooks as a cheaper cloud based alternative to laptops and come out with a PixelBook at $999, you seriously confuse the message to average consumers even though the product is vastly superior. Hard core enthusiasts may understand, but the general public will be pushed to other offerings that fit more with the products and advertising philosophy of your partners.
  • I was actually pricing them yesterday because I was thinking of switching from my old MacBook but when I seen the prices I changed my mind to keep my MacBook
  • I think the high prices and somewhat quality issues is what did the most damage with Google products in those categories. I was in the market for a more mobile computing device tablet or laptop. I pay much thumb down some because of high prices and limited functionality when it comes to replacing desktop functions as I'm slowly phasing that out to a more portable lifestyle. I looked at Google and saw about the same thing with their efforts including chromebooks. In the end I went with the Samsung Galaxy book 2, Windows 10. Gave me everything i was looking for. IMO the market and consumers are starting to pull back from this over price increasing nonsense. For apple it's prices are now starting to be a defining large crack in its armor. For Google its lack of vision and direction of throw everything against the wall is fatiguing the market and consumers. Educational institutions are starting to even pull out of the Chromebook thing as well.
  • Google casting something aside? Gee, I'm shocked, Lmao. 😂
  • The Google Vice President of Canceling Projects is really earning his pay every year. Only the Vice President of Renaming Products comes close.
  • Why am I not surprised by this? This is Google all over, the only thing they're consistent with is their Pixel phones which are the only truly great product they've done.
  • #smh Google really has to pay attention to not become a second Microsoft with a "great" history of canceled software and hardware products. I just ordered a chrome laptop and I am afraid that I'll face the same WindowsPhone disaster. Why is it when companies are getting to big they make stupid decisions? Anyway, ...mH
  • Not surprised, products are overpriced and do not compare well with Microsoft Surface products for serious business users...
  • I'd still pick Google over Microsoft any day.
  • Chromium isn’t going anywhere, just like Windows didn’t go anywhere. Chromebooks tend to have a large amount of time before they are obsolete. Just because they aren’t making them anymore, there are plenty of alternatives, just like Android phones. Now if they announce that they are cancelling the Pixel phone....then I agree its end of days for Google hardware. I still cant give HP any $$$ after the Palm debacle......