It looks like Google is significantly dialing back its hardware development plans. Business Insider heard from people close to Google that dozens of engineers and program managers of the Create laptop and tablet hardware group have been told to find temporary roles within the Alphabet parent company. There's no official word from Google, but the news points to a significant scale back of the Internet giant's notebook and tablet roadmap:
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.