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Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products

14 March 2019

Perhaps that's why the company is reportedly reassigning some employees from the "Create" team to other units within it. As a result, the company has removed dozens of employees from its "Create" team - the hardware division responsible for developing Google's tablets and laptops - and moved them to other positions within Google or parent Alphabet.

This assumption is supported by internal sources who stated that, prior to the recent cutbacks, Create had a "bunch of stuff in the works" but will now focus primarily on finishing its near-term projects. According to a report from Business Insider today, the division responsible for some of the company's hardware devices is going through some downsizing.

The "roadmap pushout", as one source familiar with the matter described the move to Business Insider, raises questions about the extent of Google's commitment to building its own line of laptops and tablets, a fiercely competitive market with thin razor profit margins. Similarly, the Pixel Slate has also been greeted with raised eyebrows along with complaints that its tablet-optimized interface wasn't ready for the prime time at launch.

Manufacturing plans haven't been adjusted, however, which means that the products that Google plans to release in the short term wouldn't be affected by Google's restructuring.

Google's in-house laptop/tablet gambit may not be panning out as well as the company had hoped.

So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Google's dedication would waver in some of its Chrome OS hardware projects.

The Pixelbook raised eyebrows at its launch, given its high-cost (starting at $999) relative to its limited capabilities (the Pixelbook is a Chromebook, meaning it runs on Google's Chrome OS software and is only capable of using internet-based applications). The Pixel Slate was a weird Chrome OS tablet with a detachable keyboard, made as a competitor to the Microsoft Surface and Apple iPad Pro.

Since the start of the Nexus smartphone program, Google's made hardware as a sort of guide for the rest of the industry.

Google Hardware makes cuts to laptop and tablet development, cancels products