Two in-development Pixel Slate models get the axe.
Google recently confirmed that the Pixel Slate would not get a successor as the company is ditching all plans to make tablets. The tech giant confirmed the move stating that it would be focusing Chrome OS hardware efforts on traditional laptops.
A spokesperson for Google told Business Insider, "For Google's first-party hardware efforts, we'll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate." So, although Google plans on supporting the Pixel Slate in terms of software and security updates, the chances of seeing a Pixel Slate 2 are nil.
Google first announced the Pixel Slate in October 2018 and launched it the following month. Google's tablet had an excellent display and decent support for a mouse and trackpad, but with a hefty $599, the Pixel Slate was quite expensive as compared to other tablets on the market. The Pixel Slate also featured a handful of software bugs and was fairly heavy.
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)
— Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) 20 June 2019
The Pixel Slate received mediocre reviews during its launch, primarily due to its price and buggy software. Google was reportedly working on two tablets but has since axed the two devices in-development, shifting the team working on them to other areas of the company.