Google has confirmed the death of the 2013 Nexus 7 after removing the device from its Google Store. The move means the Nexus 9, which made its initial debut last November, is now the only Google tablet that remains.
“The Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase,” reads a notice on the device’s product page.
Despite its age — it was first introduced in July 2013 — the Nexus 7 has remained an attractive Android tablet. Not only was it nicely-priced, but Google also continued to keep its software up-to-date with the latest Lollipop releases.
After the search giant killed off the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 10 just last month, however, we were already anticipating the discontinuation of the Nexus 7 as well. The Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9 are now the only mobile devices available from Google.
Of course, you’ll still be able to buy the Nexus 7 from third-party retailers for a little while, but remaining stock will dwindle as the weeks go by, making the device harder to get hold of. But if you cannot find it brand new, there are plenty of used units out there.
We don’t expect Google to refresh the Nexus 7 this year; its focus appears to be on the Nexus 9 now. But with Nexus sales falling, the company could be persuaded to revisit the smaller, more affordable, and seemingly more popular device at some point in the future.