The Tensor-powered Pixelbook that Google was allegedly developing and planning to ship in 2023 has since been scrapped by the company.
Google “has canceled the next iteration of its Pixelbook laptop and disbanded the team responsible for constructing it,” reports The Verge today. The company was reported to be “well along in development” and to be aiming for a 2023 debut.
Since “members of the team have been transferred elsewhere inside the corporation,” there won’t likely be another first-party Chromebook anytime soon. In May, Google’s hardware leader Rick Osterloh told The Verge that the company would “do Pixelbooks in the future,” indicating that this was a recent incident.
The CEO, Sundar Pichai, recently discussed product consolidation in light of the economic environment while citing company-wide cost-cutting measures.
Google claimed it is “dedicated to producing and maintaining a portfolio of Google products that are innovative and helpful for our users” rather than confirming the Pixelbook’s demise.
Every two years since 2013, new ChromeOS hardware has been released, all developed by Google. The Pixelbook launched the Pixel brand in 2017; the Pixelbook Go followed in 2019. Halvor was supposed to be the device for 2021, but nothing ever materialized. For the previous year, it appeared that Google will revert to its original timeline in 2023 with a Pixelbook that would use Tensor processing instead of Intel.
According to the original September 2021 rumor , Google is developing CPUs for both laptops and tablets. The former will materialize the next year, although the initial article on Tensor, which correctly predicted its release in 2021, stated that “subsequent iterations of Google’s microprocessor might power Chromebooks.”
In terms of technology, it’s noteworthy that Google in May made a public announcement stating its commitment to producing a tablet under the Pixel brand as part of Android’s larger large screen push. While a “Pro” variant is rumored, it is rumored to have some crossover as a Nest Smart Display.
That may be how Google is present in the world of desktop computers. While there are more expensive Chromebooks available today, it’s debatable if their build and hardware quality have yet to match that of the Pixelbook, which was fairly comparable to MacBooks in that regard.