Google removes Nexus 7 from its store, but the Nexus 9 lives on

If you were looking to buy a Nexus 7, you’re out of luck as Google’s 7-inch tablet is no longer available for purchase from Google’s online store.

If you visit the Nexus 7 page on the Google Store, you’ll be presented with a message stating that “the Nexus 7 is no longer available for purchase.” It’s unclear as of this writing whether Google has discontinued the Nexus 7 outright, or whether it’s merely out of stock or is planning to release a refreshed version.

At the time of its release in 2013, we praised the current Nexus 7 as “the best 7-inch tablet that money can buy,” and especially liked its sharp, vibrant 1280 by 1920-resolution screen. The Nexus 7 hasn’t received an update since then, however, so given the tablet’s age, it wouldn’t come as a shock if Google stopped production.

Google still offers the larger Nexus 9 tablet and the 6-inch Nexus 6 smartphone, but if you want a small tablet, you’ll have to consider other options.

One has to wonder whether the Nexus 7’s demise is a sign of things to come—that is, whether 7-inch tablets are feeling the squeeze from the proliferation of phones with enormous screens. Although giant phones aren’t for everyone, if you have a 5- or 6-inch phone, you might find it more difficult to justify a small tablet. 

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