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Google has formally given up on the concept of constructing any extra tablets just like the Pixel Slate, and has canceled growth of two unreleased tablets.
In line with experiences from Enterprise Insider and Laptop World, Google has ceased manufacturing of two new Pixel Slate-style tablets that had been set to launch someday in 2019, and doesn’t plan to launch any new tablet-format Chrome OS units, ending the possibilities of a Pixel Slate 2 within the close to future. These experiences had been then confirmed on Twitter by Google’s personal head of , Rick Osterloh.
Hey, it's true…Google's HARDWARE crew will probably be solely centered on constructing laptops shifting ahead, however make no mistake, Android & Chrome OS groups are 100% dedicated for the long-run on working with our companions on tablets for all segments of the market (shopper, enterprise, edu)
— Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) June 20, 2019
To be clear, this cancellation doesn’t embody the event of Google’s Pixelbook convertible, and it appears as if Google’s Chrome OS efforts will now be centered on Chromebooks. Actually, in accordance with The Verge, many staff engaged on Chrome OS tablets have been shunted over to the Pixelbook crew. Fortunately for homeowners of the Pixel Slate, this announcement doesn’t imply the top of software program assist for Google’s pill. Google has been clear growth of updates for the Pixel Slate will proceed, with Google promising common software program updates all the best way till June 2024.
Additionally, this cessation solely applies to Google’s personal bodily , and it received’t immediately have an effect on any producers at present engaged on a Chrome OS-based pill. As Rick makes clear in his tweet, Google will nonetheless be engaged on enhancing the pill expertise on Chrome OS and supporting these firms who’ve already launched such tablets — Acer and HP being amongst those that have. Nevertheless, Google abandoning Chrome OS pill plans is bound to place some producers off backing the still-nascent OS in future tablets. In spite of everything, why ought to a third-party producer believe in Chrome OS on a pill when Google itself clearly doesn’t? Solely time will inform, however Google’s personal hesitance might spell the top of Chrome OS as a pill platform.
For the report, we favored the Pixel Slate and rated its stunning show, nice audio system, and long-lasting battery life. Sadly, although, stable was let down by the Chrome OS software program. A excessive price ticket that put it in direct competitors with the higher identified Microsoft Floor and Apple iPad Professional can be more likely to haven’t helped.