Google’s powerful new Nexus 9 tablet went on pre-order on Google Play earlier on Friday. But that’s not the only inventory change on Google Play — it looks as if Google has stopped directly selling last year’s Nexus 7, as well as the Nexus 10 tablet, which was first launched in late 2012.
It is logical for the HTC Nexus 9 to replace the aging [company]Samsung[/company] Nexus 10, especially considering the focus on 64-bit computing in Android 5.0 Lollipop. But the [company]Asus[/company] Nexus 7 was a different product — recently priced at $200, it sells for half the price of the $399 Nexus 9, and for many people, it remains the most affordable device running an unadulterated version of Android. Both the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 will get an update to Lollipop, so it’s not like [company]Google[/company] has decided to stop supporting the tablets.
The Google Play store is still selling the Nexus 5, although Google’s latest phone, the [company]Motorola[/company] Nexus 6, will go on pre-sale by the end of the month.
When the Nexus 7 launched in June 2013, my colleague Kevin Tofel said it “set the small slate standard,” and even though there have been many 7-inch Android tablets launched since then, it remains in my opinion one of the best deals for an Android tablet. It’s not gone forever — you can still buy it from Amazon as well as retailers like Best Buy. But being pulled from Google’s store isn’t a good sign for its availability going forward, and if you’ve wanted one, you should grab it before it’s too late.