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Google Quietly Retires Pixel C Tablet To Focus On Pixelbook

Google has quietly discontinued the Pixel C tablet from its online store to make way for the other latest devices from the company. Google told TechCrunch that this marks the end of the life cycle for the device, but stated that it would continue to support the hardware.

Pixel C tablet
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Support for existing Pixel C tablet devices

“As is common when a device has been out for a few years, we’re now retiring Pixel C and it is no longer available for sale,” Google told TechCrunch.

Committing its support to the device, the search giant said that the existing devices would get the latest Android 8.0 updates.

The Google Pixel C tablet does not fit the current trend of the devices. Originally, the device was to be powered by the Chrome OS, but Google delayed in releasing the platform. As a result, the Pixel became an Android slate, notes Android Police.

The Google Pixel C has been on the market since late 2015. To boost the sales, the company even offered some discounts on the tablet via the Google Store, something that the search giant has not done for other devices. Even though the 32GB Pixel C was discontinued a long way back, Google continued with the 64GB variant.

Pixelbook – the best of laptop and tablet

Along with confirming the end of the Pixel C, Google also pitched the Pixelbook.

“Our newly launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device,” the search giant told TechCrunch.

The Google Pixelbook belongs to the recent crop of the devices owned by Google, and is one of the best Chromebooks from the company. The machine justifies its expensive price tag with the best of the Chrome OS under magnificent hardware. It has an exclusive build quality with smooth lines and a white glass panel on the lid, which breaks the monotony of an all-aluminum body. The Pixelbook is 10.3 mm thick and weighs 1.1Kg, which is light compared to the laptops but a bit heavy for a tablet.

Google has designed the Pixelbook to offer perfect color and brightness, in line with rival devices. The Pixelbook has a comparatively large bezel on the outside, which is a little outdated compared to other recent devices such as the MacBook Pro or Dell XPS 13, notes The Guardian.

Not just the design, but the software of the Pixelbook is also high-end, and has been designed to make the maximum use of the Chrome operating system. According to the reviews, the Pixelbook provides the fastest and best browsing experience. Although, Google has made the same features available across all Chromebooks, in Pixelbook they are highly optimized, says a report from Android Headlines. For instance, unlike other Chromebooks, the Pixelbook comes with a dedicated assistant hardware button and has built-in support for the feature.

Talking of the Chrome OS, it is designed to deliver great performance, and low maintenance browsing experience on both high and low-end devices alike. The OS does not snatch away the traditional desktop feel with file browsers and various other features. Further, the user gets the Android apps along with the Chrome apps, increasing the utility of the Chrome OS.