Google no longer making its own tablets, to focus on laptops going forward

“Google will still provide support in the form of software and security updates to Pixel Slate until 2024”

It turns out the Pixel Slate might be Google’s last tablet. As confirmed by the company’s hardware head Rick Osterloh, the Mountain View company going forward would only support the platform and vendors who decide to launch new tablets in the future but itself will focus on the laptop business instead. According to a report from Computerworld, Google decided to abandon two tablet projects recently, despite the fact that the development process has kickstarted already. The company is said to have re-located the internal resources to laptop hardware.

Furthermore, in a statement, Rick Osterloh said, “Hey, it’s true…Google’s HARDWARE team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward, but make no mistake, Android & Chrome OS teams are 100 percent committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu).” Going by the statement, it’s pretty clear that Google seems committed to providing support in the form of software and security updates to the Pixel Slate until 2024. Reading between the lines suggests that Google might be secretly working on a successor to the Pixelbook, and it might hit the market before the year-end.

Apart from the Nexus 7 2013, none of the other Google tablets didn’t found much success. Despite the hardware prowess, tablet market never took off, given that Android OS was never quite optimised well for the larger display, like the Apple iPad’s. Either way, it remains to be seen what Google has in store for the future.