Nexus Player retires from the Google Store
For the moment, that leaves NVIDIA's Shield box as the only Android TV device available from Google. Other hardware like the Mi Box from Xiaomi is on the horizon, and manufacturers are building Android TV into more and more TVs themselves, but the retirement of the Nexus Player removes an important affordable option from the current Android TV lineup.
Just because Google's putting an end to sales of the Nexus Player doesn't mean that support is going away, and not only does the Nexus Player continue to receive the latest Android platform updates, but it even has access to the in-development Android N preview.
That's not a situation we expect to see change overnight, and while the Nexus Player will eventually be left behind the tide of progress, for now it's still young enough that software support can be relied upon.
What's next for Google's Android TV efforts? Will the platform be dominated by third-party hardware for the foreseeable future? If it were a few weeks back, we might expect this move to be a sign that a new Nexus Player was about to launch at Google I/O, but with the conference now behind us, we're uncertain just what the future might hold for Google's set-top-box business.
source: Google via Phandroid