Farewell, Nexus 9: HTC stops making Google's former flagship tablet

You can still get your hands on one through HTC's website, but they're the last of the final production run.

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Credit: Rob Schultz

It’s time to bid farewell to the Nexus 9.

About a month after Google pulled it off the digital store shelves, manufacturer HTC confirmed it’s no longer manufacturing new Nexus 9 units. This leaves Google with the Pixel C as its flagship tablet, which is more akin to an iPad Pro or Microsoft Surface competitor than a traditional slate. 

While the Nexus 9 was pitched as an iPad alternative, it never really took off on a wide scale, with HTC offering numerous fire sales that dropped the price not long after its release. 

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This leaves Google without a direct Nexus 9 successor, though Android’s momentum is moving in a different direction given its investment in the Pixel C and the recent announcement that the Google Play Store is coming to Chromebooks. Android isn’t just for phones, but expanding to more productivity-focused devices.

Why this matters: This information about the Nexus 9 comes just a day after Google stopped selling the Nexus Player, its flagship Android TV set-top box. It’s clearly a season of change for Google-branded hardware, with traditional tablets and Android TV perhaps to see less emphasis going forward.

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