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

Google Pixel Slate is now the last of its kind. (Source: Google)
Google Pixel Slate is now the last of its kind. (Source: Google)
Google is reportedly pulling the plug on making its own tablets and a successor to the Pixel Slate. The company is looking to channelize its development efforts towards laptops and we may very well see a new Pixelbook by the end of this year. The development of Pixel phones and Google Home products will continue as usual and so will the software development of Chrome OS to cater to all OEM form-factors.

Google will not be creating a successor to its Pixel Slate tablet and will focus more on laptop form-factors, according to a report by Computerworld. Google has also canceled two smaller-sized tablets that were in development and is working to re-assign employees involved in these projects to the laptop side of things. 

The Pixel Slate was unveiled in 2018 and given the fact that it featured Intel CPUs, there was a likelihood of it running Windows 10 at some point in time. Soon, there were reports that Google was cutting back on the team involved with the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, but Google's presentation at the Cloud Next 19 conference in April somewhat assuaged those concerns with hints to a possible Pixel Slate successor. Now, it looks like Google has finally pulled the plug on tablet development altogether. 

A 'tablet', according to Google, is a device with a completely detachable screen with no physical keyboard whatsoever. This means the Pixelbook convertible will continue to stay as it comes under Google's definition of a 'laptop'. Also, the Chrome OS team will continue software development for both laptop and tablet form-factors to cater to OEMs making such devices.

It is not clear as to what sort of tablets Google had been working on before shelving them. Computerworld reports that the products were definitely smaller in size than current Google offerings, were without keyboards, and hadn't progressed much in the development cycle to be named beyond codenames. 

Google's decision to let go of tablets will not be affecting Pixel phones or Home/Nest products. The source also claims that a new Pixelbook could be launched before the end of the year. The current Pixel Slate will receive regular updates till June 2024 as per Google's 6.5 year support policy. That is a fairly long support period so even if you are an early adopter, there's no need for any buyer's remorse. 

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2019-06-21 (Update: 2019-06-21)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.