Google has made many tablets, starting with the Nexus 7 in 201
Previously, the tablet had been marked “out of stock” for weeks, but now the listing has completely disappeared. Unsurprisingly, Google hasn’t been great at selling high-end computer hardware either, which is why the Pixelbook convertible hasn’t been updated after the introduction of the more budget-conscious Pixelbook Go. But the loss of the Slate is especially shocking to Google software fans like me. Its premium Intel-powered internal parts coupled with great build quality could have made it a competitor to the iPad Pro.
Chrome OS’s lack of flexibility with local programs, lackluster touch interface, and poor integration with touch-friendly applications have doomed it. The price, starting at $ 600 for a rather dinky Celeron model, certainly didn’t help. It’s a story we’ve heard before: high-end Android tablets that sold poorly too, from the Nexus 10 to the Nexus 9 to the nearly brilliant Pixel C. Half-baked tablet software couldn’t get in the way of the iPad, and consumers were unwilling to pay the premium, despite cheap Android tablets from Amazon and Samsung flying off the shelves.
Hell, I love my Pixel Slate, but even I wasn’t willing to spend $ 600 on it. I picked mine up in the blink of an eye-and-you’ll-be-the-fire sale from Best Buy. I’ve watched Google steadily improve the touch interface in Chrome, but even now I’m reaching for the smaller and more versatile Chromebook Duet before dusting off the Slate.
While Google’s phones are steadily improving with the 2020 pixels and cutting niches in the low-cost and medium-sized spaces, the company now seems uninteresting in producing its own tablets and computers. Chromebooks and other Chrome OS devices are selling great thanks to a renewed interest in working and studying from home, but Google is happy to let partners like Lenovo and Asus try out the form factors of tablets.