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RIP Pixel Slate: Google won't be making tablets anymore

RIP Pixel Slate: Google won't be making tablets anymore

But when quality assurance testing didn't meet the company's standards, Google made a decision to scrap them, along with its entire tablet production line. This means that for the foreseeable future, Google won't be designing and/or ordering manufacturing for tablet devices for Chrome OS or Android. In his tweet, Osterloh clarifies that Google still supports its partners making tablets running either Android or Chrome OS.

Google's Rick Osterloh has confirmed that the company's hardware team will exclusively be focusing on making laptops going forward. As for the Pixel Slate, the device will get regular updates and will continue to sell, reports Computer World. Instead, Google is determined to dabble in the laptop business, as pointed out by Osterloh. It's a crying shame as Google's merging of Android and Chrome OS for last years abysmally reviewed Pixel Slate was perhaps the flawless tablet OS.

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Rick Osterloh, senior vice president of devices and services at Google, confirmed the Pixel pivot on Twitter, noting that Google's hardware team "will be exclusively focused on building laptops moving forward". The Nexus 7, particularly the 2013 model, was an excellent small tablet, but larger devices like 2012's Nexus 10 and 2014's Nexus 9 didn't find much success, as Android never quite translated well to the larger display. Now, new reports are stating that the company will not be making tablets entirely. In fact, apart from Apple, no other tablet maker has seen any major success in the market. Of course Pixel smartphone designs will continue to be a major activity at Google too. Speaking of that, Google is committed to continued support for it, all the way through June 2024. However, things took a turn for the good when its Pixel 3A, announced in May adopted a strong and bold advertising strategy to pit itself directly against last year's iPhone X.