Google Makes Hardware a Second-Class Citizen, Several Devices Now in Doubt

The team that made the Pixel Slate has been cut back according to a report

These transfers are reportedly due to project cancellations within the Google Create team, an in-house hardware division that developed and manufactured the Pixelbook, the Pixel Slate, and other "Made by Google" products.

Considering these cutbacks aren't necessarily permanent - Google has asked employees to seek temporary roles within other divisions - there's still a possibility that certain people will be transferred back to the Create team after the current situation has been assessed.

Among the affected employees who were given notice of the cutbacks in the last two weeks are hardware engineers, technical program managers, and those who support program managers.

Going forward, it's unclear what this means for future Google-made laptops and tablets.

Is the hardware honeymoon over at Google? We're glad to know that the employees involved are being reassigned to other projects within the company.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the development. Given the competition within the laptop market, this isn't too surprising.

Google's Hardware division is run by Rick Osterloh and is expected to launch a game streaming console later this month.

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Google is reportedly making a series of changes in its hardware division that puts the future of a number of devices in doubt, according to a report today. It seems as though Google will launch more Android devices even before it announces Pixel 4 late in 2019. The report says that Google had "a bunch of stuff in the works" that now probably won't see the light of day.

Google Pixelbook is a "Chromebook", running on Google's Chrome OS software and is only capable of using Internet-based applications.

Google makes most its money on advertisements and services.

Rumors of a Pixelbook 2 have been swirling since the company's hardware event last October though it has yet to be released.

One part of this report comes from Business Insider where insiders suggested this employee move had to do with Google's division called Create.

Google's tablets meanwhile have struggled to hit the right note with consumers.

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