Google and tablets simply do not combine. The corporate tried time and again to make Android tablets work, peaking with the 2013 Nexus 7 and ending with the Pixel C in 2015.

After a three-year hiatus from the market, Google took a second swing at tablets with Chrome OS and the Pixel Slate. 4 months later, we heard Google ‘s laptop computer and pill division was in bother. Seven months later—in different phrases, proper now—Google’s Chrome OS tablets are useless.

Following a report from Computerworld claiming Google cancelled two tablets and was quitting the pill enterprise, Google SVP Rick Osterloh confirmed the information on Twitter:

Osterloh later clarified that solely tablets can be canceled and that Google is “dedicated to our many different classes.”

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The Pixel Slate was not nicely obtained for plenty of causes. First, the system was too costly and too sluggish. The entry-level Intel Celeron-equipped mannequin, priced at $599 (with 4GB of RAM) and $699 (with 8GB), was an entire catastrophe. It was so sluggish and so completely panned in critiques that it was by no means made available by Google, and it was ultimately cancelled altogether. That made the primary readily-available Pixel Slate the $799 Intel Core M3 mannequin, which was already the value of an iPad Professional however with out the iPad Professional’s high-end efficiency. From there, the Pixel Slate worth rocketed as much as $999 and $1599 for the sooner, extra iPad-competitive fashions.

The second massive downside was Chrome OS, which, whereas it had been round on laptops ceaselessly, was simply getting off the bottom as a reworked pill OS. It was probably not prepared for the Pixel Slate launch, with a buggy split-screen implementation, poor efficiency, and a bizarre UI that used a full-screen mode in pill type however allowed regular window operation in laptop computer mode. There have been a number of different quirks and points, however the backside line was that Google was charging a premium worth for and software program that felt extra “beta” than “premium.”

The Computerworld report that triggered Osterloh’s assertion says Google cancelled two merchandise, each missing a keyboard and having a smaller physique than the 12.Three-inch Pixel Slate.

Osterloh guarantees Google continues to be targeted on the software program a part of pill assist, even when it is not investing in . (Simply ask Android pill customers how Google pill assist has labored out for them over time, although.) Saying the workforce is “targeted on constructing laptops” ought to imply a brand new Pixelbook is on the way in which—the final model launched in 2017. That is probably thrilling information assuming you are still keen to put money into a Google product at this level.


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