Google Pulls Out the Pixel C Tablet From Its Online Store


For now, Google opted out of the Android tablet game. The search giant has pulled out the Pixel C from the company’s official store, redirecting product visitors of the page to the Pixelbook. The company has not explicitly outlined its reasons for its more. However, in a statement, it informed reported that it was “common” to end the sale of a product after it has been “out for a few years” — and that is true for the Pixel C, which was introduced in the scene in late 2015. Instead, it implies that you purchase a Pixelbook if you are looking for a “versatile device.”

It is not certain how well the Pixel C sold (other than not being a hit with the public). However, there are some practical reasons to drop it regardless of the performance of the device. The Pixel C received its latest major software update with Android Oreo, and it was not going to be very consumer-friendly to sell a tablet that was only going to get nothing but security updates (and then only for one more year). And a 2-year-old $599 device just was not going to be very competitive.

At the same time, this an implied acknowledgement that the strategy of Google on Android tablets has not panned out as well those for the iPads of Apple or the Surface line of Microsoft. The stock multitasking experience of Android still leaves something to be wanted, and Google has historically performed a less-than-stellar job of encouraging and promoting tablet-native Android apps. The Pixel C just did not fill the role of a laptop replacement as much as it could. We would not call the Pixelbook a one-for-one replacement for the Pixel C as it is $400 more expensive and not as portable. However, it might be a better fit. It is a more conventional computer with a windowed interface, and it grants users with the access to Android apps if there is a mobile program that the users just cannot live without.