Nexus 7 discontinued

Google has approached the latest generation of Nexus devices differently than in the past – instead of halting all sales of previous generation Nexus phones and tablets, Google sold the Nexus 5 by LG and the Nexus 6 by Motorola side by side for a while. It had been doing the same for the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS and the Nexus 9 by HTC, too – until now.

As 9 to 5 Google recently noticed, the Nexus 7 is now listed in the Google Store as “no longer available for purchase.”

Personally, I find this move very short-sighted. Just like not everyone wants a 6-inch phone, not everyone wants an over-9-inch tablet, either. The Nexus 7 was a perfect size for many people, and I still find myself reaching for my older Nexus 7 more often than my newer Nexus 9. It’s just so much better for couch use at night while I’m watching TV.

Oh, well. Rest in peace, dear friend.

[Google Store via 9 to 5 Google]