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Google discontinues Nexus 7, hands the baton to ailing Nexus 9

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After years of service, the Nexus 7 has been discontinued and permanently removed from the Google Play Store.

Having been the search giant’s flagship tablet since 2012, the reworked, 2013 edition of the slate has now been canned by the Android maker.

Now, instead of being offered ways and means of purchasing the tablet, those looking to snap up the Nexus 7 though Google’s online store are met by a ‘no longer available to purchase’ message.

Despite being discontinued through Google’s official channels, remaining Nexus 7 stock can still be snapped up through third-party retailers including Amazon and Expansys.

The Asus-made Nexus 7 was superseded late last year by the Nexus 9, a larger, more expensive tablet that has failed to garner as much consumer interest as its iPad mini-rivalling sibling.

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Bizarrely, Google has culled the Nexus 7 just days after announcing that the whole Nexus initiative is haemorrhaging consumer interest at the handset of the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.

Speaking during last week’s quarterly earnings call, the manufacturer announced: “Revenues grew 23 percent year over year to $1.8 billion, but were down 2 percent quarter over quarter, driven really by year over year growth in the Play Store, offset by decline in Nexus, and the currency fluctuations.

“Year over year it hasn’t been as strong given the strength of the Nexus 7 last year.”

One of the iPad’s main challengers, the Nexus 7 was the first device to really kick the Android tablet market into realms of mass appeal.

Paul Brasington

April 27, 2015, 10:52 am

Just makes you wonder whether they're giving up on hardware. Given the debacle of Lollipop perhaps they should. Five months down the line and I still can't turn on my Nexus 7 and be confident that it will work without a reboot (v5.1 has helped but hasn't fixed it). I could forgive them if they admitted that Lollipop and the 2012 Nexus don't mix, and offered an easy rollback to 4.4, but they haven't even done that. I'll wait to see what the store looks like on Windows 10 but right now I'm doubting I'll buy another Android device, and certainly not a Google one.

Iain Coghill

April 27, 2015, 3:33 pm

You can do a clean install of android for all nexus devices - instructions here:

http://android.stackexchang...

Factory images are available going back as far as version 4.3

Hudster72

April 27, 2015, 3:54 pm

Totally agree, Paul. My 2012 Nexus 7 is unusable in it's current condition. It's an absolute shambles, and it seems the only choice is the factory reset, as you pointed out. The lag is beyond a joke...How could they possibly release this, patch it and it STILL be such an unmitigated disaster!!!? Didn't anyone QC/test it??!
Even on my Nexus 4 phone, Lollipop is a mess! Outgoing calls intermittently not connecting, incoming calls missed, the screen did not even register/display an incoming call and had to be manually unlocked before answering, (although I've discovered a solution, I think) graphical bugs, the stupidity of no single press silent mode, and quite the download for a phone with no sd slot...The list goes on.
Off to Apple I think, Google have my money for two devices, they won't get another penny.

Rob Alleway

April 27, 2015, 4:00 pm

The latest Lollipop v 5.1 has trashed a perfectly workable Nexus 7 (2012). Google won't acknowledge what they have done, and unless I'm some kind of computer boffin I can't revert it to Kitkat which worked perfectly. I wonder how many thousands of Nexus 7's have suffered the same fate as mine. No wonder they have stopped selling the old stock. Would I buy a Nexus 9 ? Well look how Google treat their current customers, would I buy a used car off of them ? No prizes for guessing

Rob Alleway

April 27, 2015, 4:19 pm

I think that Google have shown how they regard their customers, and it would be throwing good money after bad. I have tried the factory reset, and clearing cache. It makes no difference. There is a way of reverting to Kitkat but I'm not technically savvy enough to do it. Google have abandoned us, so the least I can do is refuse to send any more money their way.

playtech1

April 27, 2015, 4:26 pm

I picked up the original Nexus 7 and it was great, at first. Then I filled it up and it got slow. Weirdly slow. So I deleted a few things to make some space. Didn't help. Deleted pretty much everything. It didn't help. Google searches handily informed me that performance drops off a cliff once full and only a factory reset will restore. Off to eBay it went and I went back to the iPad. I was an early adopter and it may have been fixed in a later software update, but the fact it shipped like that was enough to convince me that Google was no panacea to dodgy Android OEMs.

Hudster72

April 28, 2015, 9:49 am

Thanks Iain, really appreciate you posting that. I'll check it out later. It seems like the only solution, I do need my tablet back functioning.

Paul Brasington

April 28, 2015, 1:48 pm

Thanks Iain - I was aware of this option (or at least a version of it) but had been putting it off in the hope Google would sort something out. Time to bite the bullet I guess. But contrast dear old Microsoft... I installed a Win10 preview on my phone which didn't work very well (MS had warned of this). To revert all I had to do was a download a link from Microsoft on my main computer, plug in my phone via USB and the tool did all the work. Google on the other hand pushed the Lollipop "upgrade" at me (fulfilling the promise that Nexus machines would get the latest OS updates without delay) and have since been in denial of any problems. The least they could have done is provide a similar streamlined tool instead of forcing us to jump through these hackery hoops.

Hudster72

April 29, 2015, 10:25 pm

I rolled back to 4.4.4 and now have a working tablet again. Big thank you to the useful comments here, TR and this guide, which made life easy, no drama at all. http://www.techradar.com/ne...
I noticed that the Nexus is STILL trying to push Lollipop on me, it's even downloaded via an update without a prompt and no discernable way to permanently refuse - it is perpetually nagging me to install it...Not a bloody chance!!

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