Google is reportedly working on a software update to fix the Pixel Slate's lagginess

Google is reportedly working on a software update to fix the Pixel Slate's lagginess
Google's new Chrome OS powered Pixel Slate has some issues with lagging in the overview mode, which is the Chrome equivalent of task view. A post by an Google engineer in the Google Bugs page (via Chrome Unboxed, MSPoweruser) blames the sluggishness on "the use of Mask Layers to create rounded corners. This combined with background blur adds a lot of additional steps in the paint/rendering pipeline."

The same engineer says that once the rounded corners are removed on a device powered by a Celeron processor, the frames per second picks up and the memory improves. The low-end version of the Pixel Slate is powered by the Celeron, and most of the complaints related to lagging have revolved around the basic variant of the tablet. Another reason for the stuttering is the GPU memory limit that Google imposes.


Since the lag seems to be a software issue, we can expect a fix to eventually be sent. Some users say that the lagging and sluggishness don't allow them to use their Pixel Slate at all. If you have already purchased the tablet, you need to sit tight and await the update. If you are planning on purchasing a Pixel Slate, especially one of the Celeron powered variants, you might want to wait to make the purchase until after the update has arrived.

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  • Display 12.3" 3000 x 2000 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core-i7, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB

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13 Comments

1. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Let's be real, this kind of issue should've been fixed months before the release. Apparently Google's engineers were thinking buyers of this tablet would simply ignore such a horrible bug and move on as if nothing happened.. Absolutely disgusting.

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

"Absolutely disgusting"? This is common with new products on the market, It's unfortunate, but it happens all the time with every OEM in the industry. Samsung had batteries they blew up, Apple has updates that break the functionality of their devices, My Pixel 2 was riddled with software issues when I first got it. Appreciate the fact that this issue is something that can be resolved with a simple software update, because that's not always the case.

5. slashas

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

I agree, age of completed products has ended and now all companies are releasing basic products and polishing them after customer feedbacks. Reason behind is that to release complete product takes time and on the end that product can end obsolete cause of time used to develop it.

6. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

while i agree with everything you said, I think the animations are too janky not to be fixed before the release. like the kind of lag i have seen on the pixel slate makes me question if anyone did test the device at all before release.

12. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Damn! No joke, I did just watch a review, and it's BAD. but with that being said, I'm confident that they can fix the issue, but I am shocked it was so bad at the time of release.

2. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Don’t they ever test their products before releasing it to the public? Wtf is this bulls**t?!

7. dimas

Posts: 3286; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Gone are the days when big manufacturers do extensive q.c. before releasing their products. "My $1000 iphone have wifi connection issues." "Yeah? We'll just send a half-baked software patch." "But it's hardware related." "Is that so? Sorry, better luck on the next product release."

8. tangbunna

Posts: 457; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

"lagging" is another nickname of android OS. deep in the bone.

9. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

This is Chrome OS, not Android.

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I don't understand why anyone would use software updates as a positive for buying Google hardware, Google software support is awful. They release hardware with missing / broken software and then fix it when they get around to it, which might be next month, 6 months later or never.

11. Knownhost

Posts: 78; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

People buy Pixel products for clean Android and good performance. As this lag seems to be happening most frequently on the lowest specs model, I question whether Google should have avoided offering this model at all. If it cannot perform at a Pixel level, it should not be a Pixel Product. A software fix might work today by limiting the demands on the processor, but what about in six months? A year? No bueno, Google.

13. ebilcake

Posts: 1219; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Last Google device I bought they cut software support for no good reason and left it for over 9 months with a bug they introduced which caused games to crash. You're basically beta testing software for everybody else.

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