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.
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.