Google has canceled the release of its next-generation Pixelbook laptop running ChromeOS, despite the fact that the device was in the final stages of development and, according to an informed source of The Verge, was supposed to debut next year. The laptop development team was also disbanded, which indicates a complete rejection of the company from this direction.
How informs The Verge, the company abandoned further work on this project in connection with the implementation of measures to reduce internal costs, although a few months ago, Google had plans to continue working on the Pixelbook family. Ahead of Google’s annual I/O developer conference, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services, Rick Osterloh, told The Verge that the company is looking to launch a Pixelbook in the future. It should be noted that members of the Chromebook development team have been transferred to other divisions of Google.
Google’s hardware strategy is to create cutting-edge products, to demonstrate to other manufacturers their capabilities, setting an example of quality. The company launched Pixel smartphones to show what an Android mobile device can be. With the same goal in mind, the company is once again engaged in the production of smart watches Pixel Watch, as well as the development of an Android tablet, which will be released next year.
As for Pixelbook laptops, they were originally a niche product due to their high price. Chromebooks with comparable specifications are much cheaper than the same Pixelbook Go.
With the spread of the pandemic, the popularity of Chromebooks began to rise. They are particularly successful in the field of education. Chromebooks are made by a number of companies, including Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, HP, and Samsung. And now Google will focus on what it thinks the Android ecosystem needs: smartwatches and tablets.
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