This decision does not affect Google's own portable hardware; In fact, it sounds like a sequel to Pixelbook could reach the end of the year. This timing would make sense as the computer will be two years old in the fall and could use an update on a few fronts (the giant screen box should go).
Hey, that's true … Google's HARDWARE team is focused solely on building laptops forward, but doesn't make mistakes, Android & Chrome OS teams are 100% committed to the long run of working with our partners on tablets for all segments of the market (consumer, business, edu)
– Rick Osterloh (@rosterloh) June 20, 2019
If Google really does not make tablets, we can say that it has been a mixed bag for the company's first hardware. The Nexus 7, especially the 2013 model, was an excellent little tablet, but larger devices like the Nexus 10's and the Nexus 10's 2014 Nexus 9 did not find much success, as Android never translated well into the larger display. The oddball Pixel C convertible from was a very exciting device that was again held by Android as the OS just wasn't on the same level as suitable and finished as the hardware itself.
And of course the Pixel Slate was Google's first Chrome OS tablet – but it worked best when it was docked with a keyboard and trackpad. Using it like a tablet did not make much sense again because the software was not as suitable to touch as it could have been. But despite today's news, Google repeated that it will support Pixel Slate in the coming years and the device is still for sale. For the right buyer it can still make sense – it has a great screen, solid performance and a strong battery life. But going forward, Google will try to build on the success it had with Pixelbook and let the slates fall into oblivion.