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

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

There's been no word yet of similarly reassigning workers out of other hardware areas such as those that are responsible for Google's Pixel smartphone line or its wearable devices. The affected employees allegedly include hardware engineers and technical program managers and have been asked to find new roles temporarily, which means the change might not be permanent.

A report from Business Insider claims that Google has axed "dozens" of employees from its laptop and tablet division.

For those that don't know, the "Create" team is the hardware wing that works on tablets and notebooks, such as the Pixel Slate and Pixelbook. There are a few different but related explanations given for the personnel shifts, with one source confirming Google had "a bunch of stuff in the works" before the decision to move employees away from the unit was made.

A Google spokesperson declined Business Insider's request for comment.

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Back in May 2016, Google first announced that it would be releasing updates to Chrome OS that would allow Android apps on Chromebook.

The laptop market is an extremely competitive one, and Google's Pixelbook made for a tough sell given its high price tag and relatively limited capabilities. However, shortly after launch, numerous users reported issues with the Pixel Slate's performance, particularly when using the device in laptop mode, which forced Google to address the lag later via software updates.

Manufacturing jobs have reportedly not been affected which implies that Google is only reassessing its plans for future products and the near-term devices will be launched as per plans. Most Chromebooks that are not manufactured by Google itself are much lower priced, like Samsung's Chromebook Plus which starts at $499.

So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Google's dedication would waver in some of its Chrome OS hardware projects. To be clear, the employees aren't being laid off; they are just being moved to different departments within Google or Alphabet, its parent company.

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