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.
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.