The Tensor-powered Pixelbook that Google was allegedly developing and planning to ship in 2023 has since been scrapped by the company.
Today’s The Verge reports that Google has disbanded the development team for the upcoming Pixelbook laptop and canceled its production. The corporation was believed to be well advanced in the development process and was in fact aiming for a 2023 launch.
There won’t be another first-party Chromebook anytime soon, as team members have been moved to other departments inside the business. In May, before I/O 2022, Google’s hardware executive Rick Osterloh told The Verge that the company would eventually create Pixelbooks.
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 committed to developing and maintaining a range of Google products that are cutting-edge and beneficial for our consumers, 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 following year, whereas the initial report on Tensor, which correctly predicted its release in 2021, stated that further iterations of Google’s technology may power Chromebooks.
In terms of computers, it’s noteworthy that Google made a commitment to producing a tablet under the Pixel brand in May as part of Android’s larger drive for large screens. 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 the Pixelbooks, which were very similar to MacBooks in that sense.
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