Google has officially discontinued the Nexus 9 tablet and confirmed that no more units of the 2014 9in HTC collaboration will be built.
The company's decision to draw a line under the Nexus 9 tablet comes just days after the discontinuation of the Nexus Player, Google's attempt at making a streaming box in the style of Apple TV and other consumer-grade favourites.
The oversized Nexus 6 smartphone, which was launched along with the Nexus 9 in 2014, was discontinued in December 2015. The Nexus 6P followed, which launched alongside the Nexus 5X in late 2015.
But when the dust settles on the Nexus 9 withdrawal, Google will effectively be left with no current front-line tablets besides the Pixel C, which was also launched in late 2015.
Google called the Pixel C "the most advanced Android tablet" yet produced, and with its attachable keyboard it was seen as an attempt to grab a portion of the Microsoft Surface or iPad Pro market, creating an Android-based tablet that could also go some way to functioning as a laptop.
But reports suggest that the Pixel C is not selling particularly well, which may have given the company pause for thought before continuing the line.
Meanwhile, rumours persist that a 2016 version of the enduringly popular Google Nexus 7 may rear its head this year, which would further muddle any plan Google may have had to start making the Pixel series any kind of standard in large Android tablets.
But the Nexus family is also set to become bigger soon anyway, as HTC has been handed the keys to produce the next two smartphones for Google.
All of these rumours and manufacturing deals surround the posited autumn release of the Android N update, so hopefully Google will have a clearer large tablet plan by then.
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