That the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet has been taken off from the Google Store and no one is making a big deal out of it probably underlines the weak argument for Android-powered tablets. The Nexus 9 was on discount programs and “hot deals” for a couple of months now, but it seems that finally Google is clearing their shelves of the tablet.
The Nexus 9 is not a particularly bad tablet – with its gorgeous 8.9-inch 2048×1536 (QXGA) display powered by a seriously competent NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor and a 192-core Kepler GPU, plus 2GB RAM. I mean, what’s not to love? But the fact is, the tablet ecosystem in Android as a whole has not been full of excitement lately. Yes, Android tablets can be useful from time to time, but it lacks the growing library of tablet-exclusive apps (like for the iPad in iOS). That said, there does not seem to be any commercial demand for Android tablets.
We are hoping that things will change for the better in Android N, where the potential for multi-window usage is coming natively with the OS. We’re hoping app developers can use that to their imagination and put the bigger real estate on Android tablets to good use.
Regardless of that, the Nexus 9 is gone from the Google Store – probably for good. They might be clearing the shelves for something newer, but if the tablet ecosystem does not improve, there might not be a string argument anyways for an Android tablet. The Pixel C is all you get now from the Google Store, although you still can check Amazon for a Nexus 9 if you still want that.