laptop project by Google abandoned?

The PixelBooks will have had the right to two models, one in 2017, one in 2019, but production will remain there, assures The Verge.

Google has just confirmed the death of the PixelBook. Presented for the first time in 2017, the laptop had the right to an update in 2019. Although a new model was in development, it will not see the light of day. A surprising announcement, although rumors had announced the end of Google’s hardware division in 2019.

Three years later, it’s now done. However, at the last I/O. of Google, Rick Osterloh, the head of the hardware sections had assured “we will produce new PixelBook in the future. » A report from The Verge confirms this idea, explaining that the PixelBook was indeed in development. It should have been released early next year according to rumours.

Google makes phones, watches and tablets, but no computers

In its report, The Verge also returns to the comments of Google CEO Sundar Pichai. He had explained that he wanted to end many projects and reduce hiring in sectors “with uncertain prospects”. With the upcoming arrival of the PixelWatch, the first connected watch in Google’s history, the brand’s priorities seem to be changing.

Already present in the world of smartphones, wireless headphones, tablets, and therefore connected watches, Google has just removed a string to its bow with the shutdown of laptops. If this decision surprises part of the tech sphere, it can be explained by the significant presence of Google in the software aspect of computers.

A 100% Google product?

With ChromeOS, the firm keeps a foothold in the world of computers and could very well come back in a few years. For the moment the sales projections concerning this area are not good enough for Sundar Pichai to grant a dedicated product there. A very damaging decision when you know the success of the MacBook Air and Pro with the M1 chip. Devices designed by Apple on both a hardware and software side.

The realization of such a product would however have been possible at Google, with the arrival of “house” Tensor chips. Despite this software know-how, Google did not want to take any risks. According to information from The Verge, the teams that were at work on the PixelBook have been distributed to other areas of the company.

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