Even before the line might make its official return, Google''s flagship Chromebook may finally be dead and gone.
A recent analysis from The Verge cites an unnamed source that claims Google has canceled work on a new Pixelbook and shut down the team working on the product. However, Google hasnt commented on the rumor; however, in July 2022, CEO Sundar Pichais stated the company intends to slow hiring and cut several projects.
This revelation shouldn''t come as a surprise given that Google hasn''t updated the Pixelbook in three years. While the original Pixelbook was a high-end laptop that ran ChromeOS, it never ended up being a complete sequel. Instead, Google tried its hand at a 2-in-1 with the Pixel Slate and then a mid-range Chromebook called the Pixelbook Go.
The Pixel Slate was set to be closed shortly after the launch. While Google still sells the Pixelbook Go, it is long overdue for an update. In 2019, the entire Pixelbook production was apparently shut down, but several reports in 2021 indicated a possible launch sometime in 2023. However, the Verge reports that those intentions have changed once more.
Google has halted Pixelbook production because several high-quality Chromebooks are already available from other manufacturers. Rather than compete with Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, and Dell for Chromebook shoppers, Google may have decided to use its resources to improve its other products, such as the long-neglected Android tablet.
Pixelbook users hoped the Pixel brand was a true consumer product that would receive updates year over year, much like the Pixel smartphones. Unfortunately, these ChromeOS devices have been treated more like Google''s early Nexus program products designed to increase interest in the platform, not necessarily become a best-selling.
In May of 2022, a new Pixel tablet was announced at Google I/O, which is scheduled to be launched as soon as 2023.
With a Google Pixel tablet on the market, making a wise move. Apple has a dominant position with its extremely popular iPad, leaving Google facing a challenge to prove itself to be a serious tablet manufacturer.