Nexus 7 dock gets removed from the Play Store, may predict discontinuation
After Google I/O failed to bring us a new Nexus 7 tablet, it began to look like Google wouldn’t be changing its tablet lineup for another year. A short commercial hinted at a new Nexus 7, but the current device is still selling well, and isn’t very cheap even when on sale. However, Google has just made a very small change, which could suggest that the current version of the Nexus 7 is soon to be phased out (although it could be entirely coincidental). If true, then there should almost certainly be something in line to replace it.
On the Google Play Store, the long sought after Nexus 7 dock is now listed as “not available in your country,” although according to reports from across the web the dock is simply out of stock everywhere. It is certainly possible that the dock simply wasn’t selling very well and Google decided it wasn’t necessary, but that seems like an odd decision when the accessory was just released this March. As such, it isn’t crazy to think that perhaps the removal of this expensive accessory is the beginning of the current Nexus 7’s demise. If Google doesn’t plan to sell the tablet much longer and simply ran out of docks, it wouldn’t make sense for the company to produce any more.
Although I just bought another Nexus 7 myself, I would still be quite happy if Google did decide to replace the current Nexus 7- perhaps with the very nice version an analyst predicted before Google I/O. The Nexus 7 is still a very good tablet, but the screen resolution in particular is beginning to look a little lacking given the competition. It would likely only take a relatively minor hardware update for Google to recapture the fervor of the Nexus 7’s original launch, and now seems to be as good a time as any.[Google Play via Android Police]