HTC stops making the Nexus 9; will Nexus tablets ever return?

HTC stops making the Nexus 9; will Nexus tablets ever return?
It used to be that Google's Nexus lineup represented both a smartphone option, as well as a tablet option – sometimes, even tablets of multiple sizes. But while the smartphone side of the Nexus family has matured from a single device a year to a choice between a more petite handset and a full-blow phablet, the tablet offerings have dried up. Sure, we have the Pixel C now, but that's not strictly speaking a Nexus model. And when Google removed 2014's Nexus 9 from the Google Store late last month, it looked like the era of the Nexus tablet was just about to close. Now the other shoe has dropped, with HTC itself confirming that after over a year and a half, the company has finally reached the end of Nexus 9 production.

Even with Google stopping its own Nexus 9 sales, HTC continued to make the tablet available – and still does to this day.

But what HTC has now confirmed is that production for the Nexus 9 has come to its inevitable end. While the manufacturer will continue to sell what stock it has available, once those models are gone, your chances for buying a factory-new Nexus 9 go up in smoke.

We know: there are plenty of much modern tablets out there these days – Google's own Pixel C included. But for Android fans who kept a special place in their heart for Nexus devices, this conclusion (at least for now) of the Nexus tablet story is still a melancholy chapter in the saga of Google's relationship with mobile hardware.


source: CNET

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Nexus 9
  • Display 8.9" 1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.6 MP front
  • Processor NVIDIA Tegra K1, Dual-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6700 mAh

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43 Comments

1. yonith

Posts: 226; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Maybe another OEM will be making the next tablet.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7206; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If Chromebooks can run all the Android apps, then I would rather get a touch screen Chromebook instead.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I want a Pixel C which runs Chrome OS in laptop mode and seamlessly switches to Android in tablet mode Chrome OS is better suited for the laptop form factor Android is better suited for the tablet form factor

42. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Hey Stephen! do check Jeff Gordon's tweet, confirming that HTC will still sell and support the HTC nexus 9 at htc's website.

2. Furbal unregistered

Im doubting it, i'll bet on seeing a proper Pixel C running ChromeOS with app support

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I guess so as well.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

with detachable keyboard, and digitizer support... sure it cant eat ms surface market, since chromeOS didnt have enough of full-blown productivity apps. but it will add some nice choice for non-heavy users/ students

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The Pixel C needs something to improve it. I've had mine a week, and it is one of the worst tablets I have ever used. It's built well, has a great screen, and it runs Marshmallow and the N Preview like it is a cheap Chinese tablet.

20. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

"and it runs Marshmallow and the N Preview like it is a cheap Chinese tablet." How so? I've had Pixel C for a month now and I have absolutely no problems with it.

33. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It's a stuttery mess. I spent an hour last night trying to post a simple post with a couple of pics on a forum, and finally grabbed my 10 to finish it. I've had to force a reboot 4-5 times because it has frozen. I have constant problems with buttons in browser windows. You and it, it has sucked at it, with the exception of video.

39. Shocky unregistered

You've never used one obviously. Stuttery mess? Nope, it's one of the smoothest Android experiences available. You spent on hour posting a picture on a forum? are you stupid? No problems with forums here using the Pixel C. That should take you a matter of seconds, but it took you can hour of trying to try something else? Really? You're full of shit.

23. Shocky unregistered

Worst tablet? You must be clueless or a troll. Pixel C is easily the best Android tablet on the market.

34. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I have an iPad Air 2, an iPad Pro 12.9, a Surface Pro 4, and the Pixel C, and it is easily the worst tablet in the house. Try owning one before you talk.

36. Shocky unregistered

BS Surface Pro isn't a tablet, it's a hybrid device with more in common with a notebook. iPad Pro 12.9 is just an abomination. Neither you can comfortably use as a tablet, too much weight and awkward to hold, Unless you have massive hands and very long fingers. :-) The only two you listed that I would class as tablets are the iPad 2 Air and the Pixel C.

41. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

if it doesn't run the N Preview smoothly, you can't, yet, blame it on the tablet........ it's not complete...... this thing's ran everything i installed like butter. you're the reason i have trust issues with product reviews these days!

26. Shocky unregistered

Why? if you want Chrome OS then buy a Chromebook PIxel. Tablets are better on Android, I would never consider buying a Chromebook tablet.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

When it came out it wasn't that great of tablet any way, I bought air 2 with $140 gift card from target that holiday season.

5. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Tablet demands in general have reduced quite noticeably these days. I myself find no significant benefits doing tasks using tablet over phone beyond its big screen, especially since the tablet itself runs the same mobile OS as my phone. I won't be quite surprised if Nexus tablets line are discontinued. When something is low on demand, only the greatest product of it will usually survive (iPad).

7. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Android tablets are dead, Windows tablets are rising, iPads are falling.

24. Shocky unregistered

Surface devices are not tablets.

8. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

God bye Nexus 9...you won't be missed. Since chrome os run android apps now, pixel-c running chrome os would make more sense from productivity perspective.

9. Adrian38

Posts: 142; Member since: Nov 05, 2012

Chrome OS doesn't run apps NOW. We're still month's and month's away from that becoming a reality.

10. Furbal unregistered

Weeks.

25. Shocky unregistered

Please no, if you want productivity buy a notebook or a laptop.

13. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Tablets were a fad. They're just not compelling.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Agreed. I tend to think of them as the "experimental" phablets. People tested the water's with larger displays, and decided they had their uses. Now all of the major players (with the exception of HTC) offer a flagship of at least 5.5 inches. Tablets have simply outlived their usefulness I suppose.

28. Shocky unregistered

Rubbish, most users don't want to carry around 5.5" devices, plus they in no way compare to the experience on a 10" tablet. They have many uses, they're basically do everything the average user requires from a PC or laptop and they're more convenient. Plus tablets are able to use hardware that's not suitable to phones. Try getting Tegra X1 in a phone, good luck with that.

15. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I bought the Sony Z4 Tablet and I love it. Best Tablet aside from the Nexus 10.

29. Shocky unregistered

Good tablet, shame about SN810. Nexus 10 is well past it, slow by today's standards.

31. Shocky unregistered

Ouch, that battery , 6000 mAh for a 10" tablet using SN810. Guess that's the price for making the Z4 6.1mm thin. Kind of pathetic compared to the Pixel C's 9243 mAh

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