It was only a matter of time, but the day has arrived and Google has finally removed the Nexus 7 from the Google Store. Shoppers now visiting the Google Store website in hopes of purchasing the 7″ Android tablet are now greeted with a “No Longer Available For Purchase” message on the Nexus 7 product page.
When Google released the Nexus 9 last year, many people were also hoping for an updated version of the Nexus 7 which first appeared in 2012. The 7″ device hit that sweet spot between size, performance, and price making it an affordable way to get a decent tablet with the added bonus of being updated on Google’s schedule as opposed to OEM schedules. Both the Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013) have been updated to Google’s latest version of Android, Lollipop, but in some cases the performance – especially on the 2012 version – is starting to suffer.
Hopefully this means a refresh of the Nexus 7 is coming soon, perhaps we’ll hear more at Google I/O which is just around the corner at the end of May. If you’re hoping to get your hands on a Nexus 7, you can still find them over on Amazon from $149 and up. Alternatively, Amazon’s Fire HD 7 is still on sale for $99, and there are other alternatives like Lenovo’s 8″ Yoga Tablet 2 which we recently reviewed.
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