Google will no longer pursue making its own tablet devices, Business Insider has learned.
According to a Google spokesperson, the company has halted the production of two unreleased tablet devices and will not come out with a successor to the Pixelbook Slate. Instead, it will shift resources and focus more attention on its Pixelbook laptop line.
This doesn’t mean that Chrome OS, Google’s operating system for Pixelbook laptops and its most recent tablets, will be going anywhere. The company itself just won’t be making tablets that run on that software anymore.
“Chrome OS has grown in popularity across a broad range of form factors, and we’ll continue to work with our ecosystem of partners on laptops and tablets. For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate,” a Google spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday.
Google employees working on the unreleased (and now discontinued) tablets were told of the news on Wednesday, according to the spokesperson. Many of these employees, the spokesperson said, have been shifted to work on its Pixelbook laptop line, while the rest were moved to “confidential projects.”
News of Google previous its tablet production comes three months after Business Insider reported that “roadmap cutbacks” had forced dozens on the company’s “create” team — which is responsible for its laptop and tablet products — to find new positions. At the time, one person familiar with the matter said the product group had a “bunch of stuff in the works” and that cutting its staff would most likely “pare down the portfolio” of products.