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.
Google's Pixel Slate, launched late a year ago at the company's Made By Google event in NY, is yet to launch in many markets and makes an intriguing case for itself running Chrome OS but also being able to run Android apps.
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. Given the competition within the laptop market, this isn't too surprising.
Nevertheless, Google has begun reassigning employees away from is tablet and laptop division.
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Manufacturing plans haven't been adjusted, however, which means that the products that Google plans to release in the short term wouldn't be affected by Google's restructuring. But with the Pixel C limited to running stock Android instead of Chrome OS like you get on more modern Google-based convertibles, and equipped with a buggy and often uncomfortable keyboard, the Pixel C was ill-prepared at the time to go up against competing products like the Surface 3.
If anything, this is Google finally recognizing that ultra-luxury devices are not an ideal container for its Chrome OS, not to mention that its OS needs more work before it's readily available for use on both touch devices and traditional computers. That's certainly one interpretation of reports that have emerged from within the company suggesting Google seems to be trimming its product portfolio, or is about to.
Google is the disputed king when it comes to software and associated technologies, but the same can not be said for hardware. These changes have reportedly been prompted by cancellation of projects within the laptop and tablet division.
Since the start of the Nexus smartphone program, Google's made hardware as a sort of guide for the rest of the industry.