Google's officially done making its own tablets

Google's officially done making its own tablets
Yes, the Pixel Slate is Google's last tablet. The information was recently confirmed by the company's hardware head Rick Osterloh, who also said that Google will continue to support its partners who decide to launch new tablets going forward.

Instead, Google is determined to dabble in the laptop business, as pointed out by Osterloh. News about Google dropping its tablet arm broke just hours before Google's SVP of Devices & Services was forced to come forward and clarify the situation.

The report by ComputerWorld mentions that Google had decided to abandon two Android tablet projects recently, even though they weren't that far along in the development process. While it's true that Google has dropped any plans for a Pixel Slate sequel, it looks like the company is determined to continue to support its last tablet for a quite a long time (2024) since it's being used by many consumers, enterprise customers and education.


The two tablets in the working at Google were smaller than the current Pixel Slate, but the company wasn't satisfied by the QA test results and decided to pull the plug on the projects. Both slates were supposed to be released by the end of 2019, but people working on the project were told on Wednesday that these devices will never see the light of day. 

Apparently, Google felt that the tablets weren't too much of an upgrade compared to the Pixel Slate, a Chrome OS tablet that was met with lukewarm reception from the media and consumers alike due to software issues. It's probably one of the cause of Google's recent decision to focus on Chrome OS hardware like laptops rather than trying to optimize the software to tablets. Google was probably expecting to be able to compete with the iPad family soon after releasing the Pixel Slate, but the decision to shelve its tablets business tells us that the company is not yet ready to take on Apple in that field.


On the bright side, a Google spokesperson confirmed that a Pixelbook 2 is totally in the cards, and that we should expect it to arrive by the end of 2019. Of course, these plans can change on the fly, but at least it's an indication that Google considers replacing the abandoned tablets with something. 

Google statement is more of a reassurance that those who already own the Pixel Slate will continue to get support going forward. It's also an important sign for Google's partners that the search giant will stand by any project involving tablets, despite the fact that the Mountain View company has decided to shift focus to laptops. Unfortunately, the fact that Google is the first to abandon Chrome OS tablets doesn't inspire confidence at all, so it won't be surprising to see some of its partners abandoning the ship as well.

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59 Comments

5. Mrmark

Posts: 378; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

Samsung tablets are really good ... Not sure why you would say Android tablets are dead?

6. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Because he is stupid and he hates Samsung. I think Sammie hurt hisbfeelimg beating Apple with better stuff. He hates Samsung because for $750 even the S10e makes the XR look kie the overpriced rap it is.

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You sound just like him!!!

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think it’s funny how these guys can’t see that they are two sides of the same coin.

10. vgking9699

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Cuz android tablets can’t survive on just Samsung’s models Even the upcoming tab s5 is only coming in a 64gb and 128gb model and probably without a cellular model and be outdated in cpu performance and only get probably one to two updates before they get discontinued

28. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1259; Member since: May 01, 2017

If the S4 has cellular connection then why would they not include it in the S5? Get a SD card if it's not enough storage for you. Android users always brag about having that option but yet they continue to bitch about wanting more internal storage

33. shonasof

Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Internal storage tends to be faster, and it's one less accessory to worry about. SD cards are a nice option, but that shouldn't replace the core package offerings.

37. vgking9699

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

And most apps on most android devices can’t run from sd cards, so apps are limited to internal storage

44. Menageryl

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

So wait... When it supports the argument you wanna make then there IS a difference between internal and external memory technologies; but when you wanna s**t on Apple then it don’t matter???? FFS.

11. iloveapps

Posts: 724; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How can S10e makes better than Xr when there’s so much problem with it from poor battery, poor camera, laggy OS, apps with bugs and not secure. Oh and the useless Bixby.

13. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

How can XR be better value than S10e when there so much problems with it from single camera which can't even capture a low light shots, low resolution LCD display for $700, 1 bug per update. Oh and the very useless Siri which still suck after so many years.

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No problems with the camera, the resolution of XR is better than the one of s10e, irrelevant bugs in updates, Siri is just ONE tool, worse than GA but good for what it was meant for.

25. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

So, I guess the resolution of the XR is better than the XS, because OLED, right?

31. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

@Vancetastic, the difference is tiny. Why do you think Apple uses those resolutions for the XS's?

35. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

By your logic, the XR has a higher resolution than the XS. That’s my question for you. Is it true?

36. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What I have said has nothing to do with logic, it’s just a reality. The display of XS has 324 blue and red light sources while XR has 326 (306 for s10e).

42. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

So the XR display is the best, and supports HD. Got it.

43. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

2 ppi makes absolutely no difference (even 306 of the s10e is sharp enough for every content suited for a mobile display). There's more to a display than the resolution.

46. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Does or does not the XR support HD?

48. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yes, XR is perfectly capable of displaying HD content.

53. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Yes, scaled down to non-HD resolution. You’re such a fanboy...you can never answer a question with a straight answer, can you?

54. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Dude, "HD" used to mean more than 480p (in US or 576p in EU - we like things to be sharper). With the introduction of HDTV (which is 720p), 480p/576p became SD; today anything above 720p is HD and anything below is SD. XR display supports up to 828p (>720p) => it supports HD content. To put things in perspective, the display of the XR is just as sharp as a 27" 8K display so, before talking about its sharpness, think abut the fact that the best graphic stations displays have no more than 70% of its ppi's ;).

56. Vancetastic

Posts: 952; Member since: May 17, 2017

Spin it, fanboy!

59. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

edit.

21. iloveapps

Posts: 724; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Read the recent news about Intelligent assistant. Rank 1 Google, Apple rank 2 and 3rd Amazon. Its sad that Bixby didn’t make it.

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1596; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Look anything is better than the $999 stand.

20. iloveapps

Posts: 724; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

How about Galaxy FAIL worth $2000 for a couple of days then?

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7031; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Samsung's devices also come with Google Assistant as well. If all you have to go by is an ignorant view like yours iloveapps, then all you are doing is just spreading lies. So don't think that you can only use Bixby. Unlike iOS users which cannot change any defaults, Android can even change its defaults. Besides that you can just press and hold to activate Google Assistant if you want on Samsung's smartphones or tablets.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2314; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think the problem is that the majority of Android tablet apps are just scaled up phone apps. There aren’t as many dedicated tablet apps like on the iPad.

50. vgking9699

Posts: 171; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

That’s true and it’s cuz android users are more likely to be cheaper or poorer people like kids who got their android tablets from their parents buying it but then they can’t buy apps themselves Also android tablets are more sold in 3rd world like places where users just buy the tablet but can’t afford to buy apps, buy this has a huge negative effect on developers making optimized apps cuz why bother if users only want free stuff, so the developer more for iOS where more people actually are willing to pay for apps Which is proven by the fact that with less apps on iOS than android, iOS still has records constantly doubling the money over android apps

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