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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38 Comments

5. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

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

6. oldskool50 unregistered

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: 1286; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You sound just like him!!!

24. Vancetastic

Posts: 1614; 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: 194; 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 unregistered

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: 34; 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: 194; 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: 867; 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.

21. iloveapps

Posts: 867; 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: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Look anything is better than the $999 stand.

20. iloveapps

Posts: 867; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

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

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7456; 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: 2453; 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: 194; 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

12. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Google won’t get any better in the laptop market either They already failed at that before trying out tablets The pixelbook is expensive for its specs and very buggy and laggy for having intel i5 or i7 cpus The problem is the entire idea of software that’s basically run off the internet isn’t a good idea Cuz loading art tools and menus and graphics from online will always be slower than loading from a local built in storage drive ChromeOS works just ok for low budget devices that aren’t expected to do much, but it sucks for larger more advanced stuff that even a normal ultrabook can do much better loading from local drives and not requiring a internet connection

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1440; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The sheer inaccuracy and stupidity of your entire comment is beyond shocking.

16. bohdan4ik13 unregistered

No surprise: Pixel Slate was half baked and luggy.

47. tywanjames

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"buggy" or "laggy"

51. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Both Laggy means like clicking on something but taken too long of noticeable time to react to you clicking But buggy would be like clicking on a text field but this time the on screen keyboard blocks what you typing and next time it doesn’t do it

52. Alex_12

Posts: 56; Member since: May 30, 2018

Both buggy and laggy.

23. tokuzumi

Posts: 1930; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

With the size of phones these days, everything is a tablet.

27. ShadowHammer

Posts: 208; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

We have a Huawei MediaPad that works just fine. My biggest issue with tablets is the one button thing. Just make them like phones with multiple buttons or on-screen ones. Tablets are especially nice for people with poor vision or hand tremors. Never used the Pixel, so I don't know how it compares, but I have used the Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tabs, which were okay. iPads were similarly okay for me. Tablets have their uses/place, but I think it will largely be a niche one.

29. FLOGROWN

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

Android tablets won’t be any better until google figures out a dedicated software for its tablets

57. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It actually more important that users are willing to actually spend money to pay for apps and in app purchases and not just only download what’s free so developers can actually see a reason to update and optimize their apps from smartphones versions to tablet versions

39. mixedfish

Posts: 1562; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Google is such a crap company, so much money and they can't get anything right.

40. AbhiDediot

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 22, 2019

Because they dont no how to sell them , it becomes a bad product

58. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It’s definitely doesn’t help androids tablet image seeing amazon fire tablet, Walmart kids tablets and other low end kids tablets mostly taking up the tablet spaces in stores then seeing iPads as the only good choice for adults at the store lol

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