Adios, Nexus 9 tablet. HTC has moved on

HTC confirms it isn't making any more of the slates, and only a limited supply is available on the company's site.

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The end of the Nexus 9 is nigh.

Taiwanese device maker HTC has stopped manufacturing Google's flagship tablet, an HTC spokesman confirmed to CNET. The device was pulled from the Google Play store last month, though some models of the Nexus 9 remain on sale through HTC's website.

The winding down of the Nexus 9 without a spiritual replacement underscores the diminished importance of the traditional standalone tablet. In its place is the Pixel C, which is billed as more of a hybrid device focused on productivity, in line with a Surface Pro or iPad Pro.

The Nexus 9 never generated the buzz of its early predecessor, the Nexus 7 tablet by Asus, which won acclaim for its low $199 price. The $399 Nexus 9 was presented as more of a full-featured tablet intended to compete against Apple's iPad. It remains one of the best Android tablets available.

The device wasn't shut down for demand reasons. HTC said it had completed its manufacturing run of the Nexus 9, which debuted in October 2014.

This comes as Google confirmed to The Verge that it was discontinuing its Nexus Player set-top box.