Google is reportedly scaling back its laptop and tablet divisions

Isaac Cain
March 14, 2019

One chink of light is that the team are being asked to redeploy to temporary posts inside the organisation, suggesting that Google wants to hedge its bets on hardware and possibly restart development after a moratorium.

Employees from the division, internally said to be known as "Create", are said to be moving to other projects within Google or Alphabet.

The affected workers have been told to seek temporary roles within other Google or Alphabet teams.

Google's move may be related to feedback it's received for its Pixel Slate and Pixelbook releases. However, the team reportedly had a "bunch of stuff in the works", and the downsizing will likely "pare down the portfolio" of products.

However, with Google allegedly abstaining from outright laying off employees or eliminating their positions, Google seems to be erring on the side of caution while still giving itself the chance to re-up its investment in hardware at a later date. Given the competition within the laptop market, this isn't too surprising.

Google may be cutting down on its work with hardware products in the very near future, per an announcement made to some employees at the business this week.

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Right now, the Google Pixel phone project doesn't seem to be impacted by these changes, but the people with knowledge of the restructuring told the cited source that several projects have been canceled in the laptop and tablet division.

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

Downsizing its laptop and tablet division comes nearly three years after Google unified its hardware efforts under the leadership of Osterloh.

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 makes most its money on advertisements and services.

Since the start of the Nexus smartphone program, Google's made hardware as a sort of guide for the rest of the industry.

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