It just became rather difficult to get a new Pixel C. The tablet that represented the best of Android on a big-screen device is no longer available through the Google Store. Google’s Pixel C was on the market for two years before being discontinued, and there wasn’t any warning the tablet would be pulled from the online store as 2018 approaches.
The Pixel C is nowhere to be found on the Google Store. Prior to the tablet being pulled, the digital store hosted a section called “Laptops & Tablets.” Now it’s limited to showing just laptops, namely the Pixelbook.
If you’re searching for Google’s tablet, you’ll have to purchase it through an unofficial seller. The alternative is buying an Android-based tablet from another brand.
While disappointing to see the company’s only Android tablet pulled, Google never really embraced the form factor. Android tablets have struggled to compete against Apple’s iPad dating back to Android 3.0 Honeycomb in 2011. Google didn’t release its own tablet then, but Motorola’s Xoom underwhelmed and so did the Nexus 7 a year later. Its successor, too, only appealed to a tech-savvy audience. Tablets appealing the masses have come from Samsung and Amazon, the latter of which implementing a software overlay and an in-house digital store.
The tablet featured a 10.2-inch (2560×1800) display, an NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB of RAM, up to 64GB of internal storage, 8MP and 2MP cameras, a 9240mAh battery, front-facing stereo speakers, and stock Android.
Don’t take the move as a sign Google plans to introduce a new Android tablet in 2018. It’s more likely that, with the rise of Chrome OS, another two-in-one debuts. The Pixelbook, which debuted alongside the Pixel 2 a few months ago, is a hybrid that also runs Android apps. Perhaps a new, more affordable device will be announced at Google I/O 2017 near the middle of the year.