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Google confirms it's leaving the tablet business

(Image credit: Image Credit: Anthony Spadafora)

If you were looking forward for the next iteration of the Pixel Slate tablet, better sit down because I have some bad news for you. According to multiple media sources, Google has confirmed that it will be killing the tablet business and instead focusing on the traditional laptop business, instead.

So, we can expect more Pixelbook and Chrome OS action.

“For Google’s first-party hardware efforts, we’ll be focusing on Chrome OS laptops and will continue to support Pixel Slate,” a spokesperson told Business Insider.

What that basically means is that whoever has the Pixel Slate tablet will be getting important updates for the foreseeable future, but don’t expect a new version of the hardware.

Google hardware lead Rick Osterloh also confirmed the news via Twitter yesterday.

Apparently, the company has had two tablets in production, but those will never see the light of day. It seems as the devices did not satisfy the quality assurance testing, which made Google axe pretty much the entire thing. The employees that were working on the projects have been moved to other departments, and according to The Verge (opens in new tab) – they’re now part of the Pixelbook team.

It seems as it all comes down to performance. While the Pixelbook performed quite well and was overall praised for its performance, the Slate was left with mediocre results, mostly software-wise.

We can expect the Pixelbook 2 before the end of the year.

Image Credit: Anthony Spadafora

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.