Reportedly, Google is changing the employees of its laptops and tablets teams to other divisions within Google and Alphabet, according to Business Insider . The move is attributed to "roadmap cuts," and is expected to affect "dozens" of employees outside manufacturing roles, suggesting that Google may not expand far beyond its current line of business. Pixelbook laptop and the Pixel Slate tablet. Google declined to comment.
Report BI says the affected employees include hardware engineers and technical program managers who have seen their projects canceled in the last two weeks. According to reports, these employees were also told to look for temporary projects to work on, and moved to other equipment such as the Pixel smartphone. Other hardware products that Google manufactures include the Home line of smart speakers; Nest thermostats, doorbells, security cameras and smoke alarms; Chromecast Dongles; Google Wi-Fi routers; and Daydream VR headphones.
Google is unlikely to abandon laptops and tablets completely, it still works with other manufacturers to make low-cost Chromebooks. But since both Pixel Slate and Pixelbook have received only lukewarm reviews, it is reasonable to believe that Google wants to invest more in better software and other successful divisions such as the Pixel smartphone before continuing to expand its computing line.