Google has stopped selling the Pixel C tablet

Joanna Estrada
December 29, 2017

The Google Pixel C, with its optional detachable keyboard dock. Devices like the Galaxy Tab S3 and Amazon's line of Fire tablets stick out as some of the best options, but as a whole, the interest in large touch-screen canvases with Android has died down a lot.

More than just content consumers, the Pixel C's goal was to prove an Android tablet could be valuable for content creators, too.

The last signs of the Google Pixel C have been pulled from the Google Store, marking the demise of the clever-but-expensive Android tablet that always struggled to make sense.

Initial response, though, proved mixed. Both Apple and Google are now including curated collections, reviews or editor picks of the most notable software for iOS or Android, respectively, making it increasingly easy to find and enjoy apps and games, so we will keep our eyes on the stats that come out on New Year's Day to gauge if app downloads set another record on the tenth anniversary year of the App Store that started it all.

We've known for a bit that the Pixel C had an expiration date - Google dropped the 32 GB version from its online storefront back in January, though it kept the 64 GB variant around for $599. However, demand for Android tablets has not significantly risen. Now, the Pixel C has officially been removed from the Google Store for good. That's in no small part down to Chrome OS, and the improvements made to the operating system over the past few years. Equally important, Google's efforts to bring Android apps to Chrome OS further diminishes the need for an Android-only tablet. "The mobile-first next billion users are changing the very nature of the internet, so when we build better products for India, we ultimately build better products for everyone", says Caesar Sengupta, a vice-president at Google who heads the company's "Next Billion" projects, in a blog post on December 5, the day the apps were launched in New Delhi. So big, in fact, that electronics' sales grew 7.5% over the holidays.

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