Google reportedly canceled future tablet and laptop projects

Google is redeploying Pixel staff raising questions on its future hardware plans

According to a report from Business Insider, Google is pulling employees from their laptop and tablet hardware teams, placing them on other projects as the company addresses "roadmap cutbacks".

Since Google started its big hardware push in 2016, we've seen two laptop/tablets emerge from these efforts - the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate.

However, with Google allegedly abstaining from outright laying off employees or eliminating their positions, Google seems to be erring on the side of caution while still giving itself the chance to re-up its investment in hardware at a later date. We're glad to know that the employees involved are being reassigned to other projects within the company.

Other hardware teams at Google develop Pixel smartphones, "Home" smart speakers and Wearables.

A Google spokesperson declined Business Insider's request for comment. The hardware market for laptops is fiercely competitive, and all of Google's (overpriced) efforts in this space have failed to capture the market. It seems as though Google will launch more Android devices even before it announces Pixel 4 late in 2019.

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According to Business Insider, Google is now in the process of implementing a number of "roadmap cutbacks".

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.

Although the Pixel Slate and Pixelbook boast a premium design and pack decent hardware, their value proposition is low and software optimizations were questionable and often show the company's lack of commitment towards improving Chrome OS.

Google makes most its money on advertisements and services. This will have a massive impact on Google's hardware business as BI reports that projects on which the company was actively working on are now cancelled.

The first Google manufactured tablet - known as the Pixel C - was launched in 2015 and received less than stellar reviews. But it looks like the company might be slimming down its hardware portfolio, as the firm is reportedly moving employees from its tablet and laptop division.

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