Google just threw away my hope of a

Ever since Google I/O 2022 concluded, I have been publicly (and privately) beating the drum for Google to create an all-new ecosystem of products. The wheels have been turning ever since the introduction of Google’s Tensor chip with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. But at I/O, things ramped up even more as Google showed off its upcoming flagship phones, the first in-house smartwatch, and even a tablet.

At the time, I bluntly stated that it was time for Google to announce a Tensor-powered Pixelbook 2. That was back in May, and much to my disappointment, it seems that those plans won’t be coming to fruition, at least anytime in the near future. It was just last week that a rumor seems to have confirmed that the Pixelbook 2 is indeed, no more. Those working on the project have been moved to other teams within Google, while the device itself has been added to the “Killed by Google” necropolis.

Why is the Pixelbook 2 canceled?

(Image credit: Android Central)

According to an internal memo acquired by The Verge, the Pixelbook 2 project was simply shut down “as part of recent cost-cutting measures.” Whether you believe it or not, the writing is on the wall for a recession of sorts, and we’re already seeing many companies, including Google, brace for impact. This was further evidenced by another report, that was subsequently confirmed by Google through TechCrunch (opens in new tab), stating that half of the projects within Area 120 had been outright canceled.

Source link