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.

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.

This story, "Farewell, Nexus 9: HTC stops making Google's former flagship tablet" was originally published by Greenbot.

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