Google’s getting out of the tablet hardware business، canceling two different tablets it was building and reassigning those employees to other projects. And as it did with the Pixel 4 rumors، the company decided to break the usual script of “we don’t comment on future products” by just up and telling Computer World and Business Insider that it planned on focusing on laptops like the Pixelbook going forward، as the Verge said.
Don’t give Google too much credit for candor، however. As was made clear by hardware chief Rick Osterloh in a tweet، the openness was motivated by a need to assuage other manufacturers that are still making tablets with Android or ChromeOS.
Rick Osterloh ✔ @rosterloh 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% committed for the long-run on working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer، enterprise، edu)
565 9:33 PM - Jun 20، 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 262 people are talking about this I am not sure I would be comforted if I were a tablet manufacturer، though. The problems that have plagued Google’s own devices involved some self-inflicted hardware wounds، sure، but they were mere scrapes compared to what has been going on with Google’s tablet software and ecosystem.
That’s because Google’s actions show that it just doesn’t care that much about tablets. Or at least، it doesn’t care nearly as much as Microsoft and Apple do.