The next-gen Google tablet once it was, Pixel C Android Tablet, was announced on Sept. 29, 2015. Who knew a 10.2-inch tablet having a resolution of 2560×1800, running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, and 3GB of RAM, will be pulled back within two years of its launch?
Google had started selling the Pixel C as its flagship tab. It was recognized as a good Android tablet with a high price. The experts say that Google was never as strong in its commitment to Android, and which is why now the Pixel C is absent from the Google Store. The online page redirects you to the Pixelbook.
It will not be wrong to say that the Pixel C was quite an odd device. Its hardware was supposed to work on Chrome OS, but the platform was not kept ready for an all-touch device in time. Google also offered some discounts in the tablet on its store, which was little surprising because it never gives discounts.
First, only the 32GB Pixel C was taken back, but 64GB was still around. Since it is expensive with a price tag of $599, there are not many buyers around. Now, both the Pixel C have been taken back from the Google Store, and the customers have no other Google tablet as a replacement. So, now Google is not part of the Android tablet game anymore.
The company has not mentioned any reason for doing so, but as per its statement to the Engadget, the company said that it was “common” to cease selling a product after it has been “out for a few years” , which is the case with Pixel C. The company suggests you to go for Pixelbook, as it is better and a versatile device. The Google statement states that “Our newly launched Google Pixelbook combines the best parts of a laptop and a tablet for those looking for a versatile device.”
The company may say anything, but we all know that Pixel C wasn’t a big hit. We are not aware of its exact sales, but there have been enough reasons to pull out this device from the market. The last software update that Pixel C received was with Android Oreo, which was not user-friendly. Moreover, the cost of $599 wasn’t a great charm for the buyers.
With Pixel C, the company took a more experimental approach. This device was aimed at showing that the Android can work well on that processor, and also that the Android tablet ecosystem could be saved. The processer was still fine. The latter just couldn’t work. Though Android tablets are still prevalent, they are not as popular as iPad. The Pixel C was aided with the modern tablet feature of split-screen multitasking, but Android apps are still not very attractive on the size of a tab screen.