The affected employees have been seeking temporary roles within Google's smartphone division as well as in other Alphabet companies, allowing them to remain associated with Google and giving the company flexibility to reassess its decision in the future.
However, employees including engineers, program managers, support staff won't have to look for jobs outside the Google campus as the instruction was to find other projects within its parent company Alphabet.
Perhaps that's why the company is reportedly reassigning some employees from the "Create" team to other units within it.
Google admits that its hardware business is not profitable enough to accommodate a large number of employees and therefore has chose to trim the fat.
On the tablet side, however, things might get a bit messy since Google Pixel Slate didn't receive all the love even from enthusiasts.
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According to one source, "a bunch of stuff was in the works" that will most likely now be shelved as part of "roadmap cutbacks" - essentially ending work on products that were previously planned for late 2019 and beyond.
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.
Right now, the Google Pixel phone project doesn't seem to be impacted by these changes, but the people with knowledge of the restructuring told the cited source that several projects have been canceled in the laptop and tablet division. The Pixelbook has been well-received by reviewers, however, many have questioned the value of having such high-performance hardware dedicated to running Chrome OS. That's certainly one interpretation of reports that have emerged from within the company suggesting Google seems to be trimming its product portfolio, or is about to. 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".
Downsizing its laptop and tablet division comes nearly three years after Google unified its hardware efforts under the leadership of Osterloh.