Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products

Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products

Meanwhile no major changes seem to have happened at Google in their other hardware product area divisions: Pixel, Home, and Wearables. It is possible that Google may have been working on other related hardware initiatives to fill out its previous product roadmap and may have chose to concentrate exclusively on a more limited hardware program.

For "laptops and tablets", the group's most recent hardware products have been the Pixel Slate and Pixelbook. One source confirmed that the company indeed had "a bunch of stuff in the works" prior to the employee shift.

Is the hardware honeymoon over at Google? Google has repeatedly stressed it is in the hardware business for the long run, even as the efforts have driven up expenses and weighed down the rich profit margins of Google's online ad business.

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While Google hasn't commented on the report, it looks like the Mountain View-based company is just making hardware a second-class citizen of its ecosystem, trying instead to focus on projects that align with its push for continued growth. Given the competition within the laptop market, this isn't too surprising. Similarly, the Pixel Slate has also been greeted with raised eyebrows along with complaints that its tablet-optimized interface wasn't ready for the prime time at launch.

Manufacturing jobs have reportedly not been affected which implies that Google is only reassessing its plans for future products and the near-term devices will be launched as per plans. The Pixelbook has been well-received by reviewers, however, many have questioned the value of having such high-performance hardware dedicated to running Chrome OS.

For anyone who has been following Google's hardware, this report probably doesn't come as a surprise, because despite releasing ambitious devices like the Pixelbook and Pixel C, there's always been a major issue or two holding those gadgets back from mainstream appeal. The Pixel Slate was a weird Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard, made as a competitor to the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad Pro. These changes have reportedly been prompted by cancellation of projects within the laptop and tablet division. Since then, sources tell us that pressure has increased to make hardware at Google into a "real business".

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