Google is giving up on tablet development, focusing on Pixel smartphones, Chrome OS devices, and throwing its weight behind its hardware partners in the run-up to Android Q’s release.
Instead, Google confirmed head-on that it was changing course.
“Google’s HARDWARE team will be solely focused on building laptops moving forward,” Rick Osterloh, SVP of Devices and Services, announced on Twitter, “but make no mistake, Android & Chrome OS teams are 100% committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, enterprise, edu).” Osterloh went on to insist that Pixel Slate owners can expect full support “for the long-term,” however.
It was an unexpected splash of transparency, though not Google’s first surprise in that vein this month.
Google certainly has some history here, and a mixed track record in solving the challenges tablets present.
I didn’t dislike the Pixel Slate, but I did think – along with what seemed like most people who reviewed it – that it was most convincing when it had a keyboard attached.