Pixelbook begone? Google reportedly reduces in-house computer production

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

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.

However, employees including engineers, program managers, support staff won't have to look for jobs outside the Google campus as the instruction was to find other projects within its parent company Alphabet.

Manufacturing roles within Create were not reportedly not impacted by the recent downsizing, which indicates that Google's near term product lineup may be unaffected. According to Business Insider, the company is telling dozens of employees on the Google Create division, which oversaw the Pixelbook and Pixel Slate, to temporarily move to other positions within Alphabet amidst "roadmap cutbacks".

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On the tablet side, however, things might get a bit messy since Google Pixel Slate didn't receive all the love even from enthusiasts.

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.

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. Similarly, the Pixel Slate has also been greeted with raised eyebrows along with complaints that its tablet-optimized interface wasn't ready for the prime time at launch.

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

So it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Google's dedication would waver in some of its Chrome OS hardware projects.

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

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With the Pixel C, Google attempted to re-imagine what a portable 2-in-1 could be by designing a detachable tablet that connected to its keyboard dock via a tilting, magnetic flap that functioned sort of like a reverse kickstand.

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