Google’s been selling Nexus hardware for years, offering shoppers a chance to take home a “pure” Android experience with some of the best software support in the business. Starting as a phone-only affair, the lineup’s since matured with tablet options, as well as multiple handsets selling alongside each other. But in recent years, Google’s love affair with Nexus tablets seemed to be waning, and the last such model we got was 2014’s Nexus 9. Now the era of that HTC-made tablet is starting to come to a close, as Google puts an end to its Nexus 9 sales.
As of today, Google’s no longer listing the Nexus 9 in the Google Store. Rather than having an entire section for tablets, the store’s “Tablets” navigation link now goes directly to the Pixel C.
Sure, the existence of the Pixel C, to say nothing of the Nexus 9’s advanced age, helps soften the blow of this news. But for as nice as the Pixel C is, it’s still not a capital-N Nexus tablet (even if it does have access to the Android N preview), and its presence has us wondering what, if any future tablets may have with the Nexus project. Could one of HTC’s upcoming Nexus devices be a Nexus 9 follow-up, rather than there being another two phones in the works? Or if not from HTC, will another OEM step up to fill the Nexus tablet vacuum? So far, we’ve got no strong evidence either way.
HTC, for what it’s worth, is still happy to hook you up with a new Nexus 9; who needs Google?