Is Google’s ecosystem push too much too fast? Let’s debate. – Android Authority

Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Google flooded I/O 2022 with hardware announcements. While we were already expecting to see the Pixel 6a and the Pixel Watch, we were surprised by the promised return to the tablet ecosystem with the Pixel Tablet. Google now has its fingers in many different pies, from smartphones to earbuds, tablets to smartwatches, smart home devices to laptops, and possibly even foldable devices sometime in the future.

It begs the question: Is Google getting ahead of itself by pushing into new product categories all at once? Or is it finally getting serious about creating a cohesive ecosystem, one that it’ll be able to nail down to a T? Android Authority‘s Adamya and Rita present both sides of the argument.

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Google did what could be expected of a big tech company of its stature. It announced its entry into smartwatches and re-entry into the Android tablet landscape. But this writer doubts whether the Mountain View giant can pull off all these new form factors and sustain them through the years, let alone push through some well-established markets that have consumers spoilt for choice today.

It almost seems like Google builds things without a larger vision of where they are headed.

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has been waiting in the wings for a long time to make this hardware splash — an Android smartwatch that works as wonderfully with an Android phone as the Apple Watch does with the iPhone, plus the ultimate Android tablet that could become the iPad competitor we’ve wanted all along. But Google has a history of jumping the gun and then backtracking on its big promises. That’s why we have something called the Google Graveyard. An ashen landscape of products like the Nexus Player, Chromecast Audio, and countless others that Google was once enthusiastic about then abandoned mid-way. It almost seems like Google builds things without a larger vision of where they are headed and then ends up killing them because of a lack of commitment.

Don’t get me wrong, Google definitely has the power to do it all — and Rita will tell you why in a bit. If the last year is anything to go by, the company has proven that it can taste success in the flagship smartphone space. However, its recent hardware triumphs are by no measure a sign of things to come.

Complaints about the Pixel 6 have flooded the annals of Reddit for months now.

In 2020, a year before the Pixel 6 came along, Alphabet acknowledged dwindling hardware sales. And while Google is now parading its newfound victory, Pixel 6 owners are far from happy. Since the series’ launch in October 2021, there’s been an unstoppable spate of bugs. Complaints about dropped calls, broken Wi-Fi, and more have flooded the annals of Reddit for months. There’s even talk of the company offering high kickbacks to salespersons just to get the Pixel 6 out the door now.

With the Pixel Watch and tablet on the horizon, Google’s software team will most definitely have its hands full developing Android for large and tiny screens. It begs the question if the team will be able to provide quality updates across devices, especially with the new products demanding more …….



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