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Google Quietly Retires Pixel C Tablet To Focus On Pixelbook

PixelBook Google's mysterious Fuschia OS can now run on the PixelBook
Kristine Garrett | 31 December, 2017, 02:28

Like an immortal highlander, there could really be only one dominant Google OS in the tablet and laptop space. The machine justifies its expensive price tag with the best of the Chrome OS under magnificent hardware. Now the company has discontinued all variants of the Pixel C series. Pixel C is an Android tablet, but it originally was meant to run Chrome OS.

Google has quietly discontinued the Pixel C tablet from its online store to make way for the other latest devices from the company.

This kind of true multitasking isn't typically available on tablet devices - both Android and iOS have apps that go to sleep when you switch out of them. A report by Chrome Unboxed details a new feature in Chrome 64 beta called Android Parallel Tasks that lets Android apps run continuously in the background even when you're actively using another program.

We are also hopeful, Google will add support for Android apps and Google Play Store in more Chromebook models in 2018.

Not just the design, but the software of the Pixelbook is also high-end, and has been created to make the maximum use of the Chrome operating system. This brings Chrome OS much more in line with Mac OS and Windows, which is what 99% of users will be familiar with, anyways. There's no new tablet to replace it so it might indicate that Google's interest in Android tablets is over and it is sticking to Chromebooks instead.

Frederic gave the tablet great stamps in an audit in 2015, yet noted, "There is a business opportunity for the C, yet I think it'll be a little one". Changing tactics and pushing the best of Android (its apps) onto an operating system that's more capable of productivity could be just the ticket to giving tablets a second life, not as content consumption machines, but as content creation ones.

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