Google reportedly shifting employees away from tablet, laptop division

Google hardware plans in doubt following internal restructuring

Google reportedly shifting employees away from tablet, laptop division

Was reception to the tablet so poor that it scared Google away from computer hardware entirely - at least for now? Other divisions within the company's hardware product area (known internally as HWPA) include Pixel (for smartphones), Home (for smart home devices, including Nest), and Wearables.

Google is reportedly making a series of changes in its hardware division that puts the future of a number of devices in doubt, according to a report today.

Interestingly, Google doesn't seem to consider this to be a permanent change, which appears to suggest that at some point in the future the search giant could bring back the workforce to the Create unit.

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.

Manufacturing plans haven't been adjusted, however, which means that the products that Google plans to release in the short term wouldn't be affected by Google's restructuring.

A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the development. The report says that Google had "a bunch of stuff in the works" that now probably won't see the light of day.

Google's in-house laptop/tablet gambit may not be panning out as well as the company had hoped.

The report comes not long after a shoddy launch of Google's latest tablet running its Chrome operating system (OS): the Pixel Slate.

If anything, this is Google finally recognizing that ultra-luxury devices are not an ideal container for its Chrome OS, not to mention that its OS needs more work before it's readily available for use on both touch devices and traditional computers.

The first Google manufactured tablet - known as the Pixel C - was launched in 2015 and received less than stellar reviews. To be clear, the employees aren't being laid off; they are just being moved to different departments within Google or Alphabet, its parent company.

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