Google a dit des dizaines d’employés sur sa division d’ordinateurs portables et tablet…

Google a dit des dizaines d’employés sur sa division d’ordinateurs portables et tablet…

Google has told dozens of employees on its laptop and tablet division to find new jobs at the company, raising questions about its hardware plans

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Google a dit des dizaines d’employés sur sa division ordinateur portable et tablette pour trouver un nouvel emploi à la compagnie, soulevant des questions sur ses plans de matériel


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  1. How about making a solid, affordable tablet then? Cause Android on the tablet side is ass, from a hardware and software standpoint.

    I stay away from Apple products but that low end iPad is a fantastic value with no competition.

    So uh..maybe put that in your roadmap.

    EDIT: I have a Galaxy Tab S2 BTW, which was solid at the time, but aged very quickly. Still use it though (screen is sex), I’m just tired of it being underpowered (partially due to CPU but more-so due to software).

  2. Behind a Paywall.

    Google appears to be trimming the size of its laptop and tablet hardware group, telling dozens of engineers and program managers to find other roles with the Alphabet parent company, several people familiar with the matter told Business Insider.
    The restructuring involves Google’s « Create » division, which is responsible for developing and manufacturing the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet amongst the company’s wider swath of « Made by Google » products.
    According to one source, the Create hardware team had a « bunch of stuff in the works » and that the cutting the number of hardware engineers and program managers on the team will likely « pare down the portfolio » of products.
    Affected employees have been instructed to seek temporary roles within other Google or Alphabet teams, raising questions about Google’s future hardware plans.
    Google has moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group as it re-assesses product plans in the fiercely competitive computer market.

    Dozens of Google employees working on the company’s « Create » team — an internal hardware division responsible for developing and manufacturing Google’s laptop and tablet products — have been told to find new projects within Google or its parent company Alphabet, amid what sources describe as « roadmap cutbacks. »

    Among the affected employees who were given notice of the cutbacks in the last two weeks are hardware engineers, technical program managers, and those who support program managers. Sources say projects have been canceled within the laptop and tablet division, prompting the changes, but that team members have been instructed to find new roles temporarily within the Google or Alphabet organization.

    By asking employees to seek temporary, rather than permanent, new roles, Google may be leaving itself flexibility to boost staffing on the Create hardware team in the future. Already, these « floating » employees have been seeking roles within the company’s smartphone division, Pixel, and other Alphabet companies, sources say.

    A Google spokesperson declined Business Insider’s request for comment.

    The « roadmap pushout, » as one source familiar with the matter described the move to Business Insider, raises questions about the extent of Google’s commitment to building its own line of laptops and tablets, a fiercely competitive market with thin razor profit margins.

    After several false starts, including a short lived acquisition of phone maker Motorola from 2012 to 2014, Google declared its seriousness about hardware in 2016 when it hired Rick Osterloh to head up a new hardware group. Google has repeatedly stressed it is in the hardware business for the long run, even as the efforts have driven up expenses and weighed down the rich profit margins of Google’s online ad business.

    Google showed off the Pixelbook at a 2017 launch event Google
    Today, the Create division is responsible for the Pixelbook laptop and Pixel Slate tablet amongst the company’s wider swath of « Made by Google » products. Other divisions within the company’s hardware product area (known internally as HWPA) include Pixel (for smartphones), Home (for smart home devices, including Nest), and Wearables.

    Manufacturing roles on Create were not impacted by the recent downsizing, signaling Google’s near term product lineup will likely not change. But according to one person familiar with the matter, the Create group had a « bunch of stuff in the works » and that the cutting the number of hardware engineers and program managers on the team will likely « pare down the portfolio » of products.

    The Pixelbook raised eyebrows at its launch, given its high-cost (starting at $999) relative to its limited capabilities (the Pixelbook is a Chromebook, meaning it runs on Google’s Chrome OS software and is only capable of using internet-based applications). Most Chromebooks that are not manufactured by Google itself are much lower priced, like Samsung’s Chromebook Plus which starts at $499. Still, the Pixelbook, with its aluminum chassis and high-end screen, was seen as a model for what a premium, Mac-like Chromebook could look like.

    Rumors of a Pixelbook 2 have been swirling since the company’s hardware event last October though it has yet to be released. While there is no indication that Google plans to abandon the Pixelbook, the staff reductions suggest that Google is unlikely to flesh out its in-house line of Chromebooks with a wider variety of products and prices.

    Google’s tablets meanwhile have struggled to hit the right note with consumers.

    The first Google manufactured tablet — known as the Pixel C — was launched in 2015 and received less than stellar reviews. The longtime tech reviewer Walt Mossberg said that the Pixel C represents « an object lesson in what Google shouldn’t do if it pursues home-grown integration of hardware and software. » The company launched its Pixel Slate — a tablet that acts like a laptop, meant to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro and Apple’s iPad Pro — to a similar, cold reception.

    Downsizing its laptop and tablet division comes almost three years after Google unified its hardware efforts under the leadership of Osterloh. Since then, sources tell us that pressure has increased to make hardware at Google into a « real business. »

  3. Wild prediction for the day: They’re doing this because they’re going ALL IN on foldables to take the place of tablets and laptops. They want to just sell you one device to be your phone, your tablet, and your laptop.

  4. I never understood what Google was thinking with the Pixel book. Why would anyone want to spend $1,000 for a Chromebook? At that price point, you could get a good laptop running Windows that would have so much more functionality.

    EDIT: I didn’t know how much better ChromeOS got in the last few years. Back when I used it, I was left with the impression that it was basically just a web browser.

  5. I still miss the Nexus 7. Best damn tablet I’ve ever owned. Perfect form factor for reading a novel or lazily surfing while watching TV. It just felt right in your hand.

  6. I think Google should make an Android streaming + gaming device which is better than the Nvidia shield for half the cost of the shield. This sector is mostly filled with Chinese Android boxes with weird names and the wrong play store app installed.

    Streaming services are going up. 4k content will come soon in many countries in the future. Having a product that can do 4k Netflix, YouTube, etc and comes with official play store and regular updates will make anyone buy it if it is cheaper than the Nvidia shield Lot of people have large dumb led TV’s at their homes which could be made smart by connecting such devices to them.

    Even Android as a gaming platform seems to be popular now. Bundling a controller with the device would be ideal.

  7. Hmmm. If this article is indeed true, I wonder if Google has finally ‘discovered’ that their flagship laptop hardware is costing them more than it’s making them?

    I always wondered if the bottom would eventually drop out of their flagship Chromebook venture. Google throw a lot of mud at walls to see what sticks. I think the Chromebook Pixel and Pixelbook stuck for a while as their shining beacon of ‘look how awesome a Chromebook can be, OEMS!’ But I do wonder if that’s now served its purpose and Google are fed up with looking at a negative bottom line underneath Google’s Chromebooks section.

    Also, I say this tongue in cheek because it’s unlikely to happen, but it wouldn’t be a total shock if one day Google decided to pull the plug on its Pixel line of phones too.

  8. Happened later than I thought it would.

    Find new jobs at the company… Google: we are making another video app and that’s where we are moving you, then in a couple months we will shut it down and make another one.

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