Out with the old, in with the new. Google just cleaned up its store big time, removing a number of entries to make room for the Google Pixel,Google Home, and other new products unveiled today.
So what’s gone? Of biggest note, the Nexus 6P and 5X are now longer for sale from Google. While this isn’t necessarily a massive surprise, with no official “new Nexus”, it would have been nice to still be able to pick up what’s left — perhaps at an increased cut in pricing. This is especially true considering the major price difference between the new Pixel lineup and the Nexus family that came before it.
In addition to axing the Nexus phones, Google also removed a number of VR products currently found on its store like the View-Master VR, in order to focus on the new Daydream View headset. Interestingly enough, Google also cleared out the NVIDIA Shield, and so the only streaming products found on the Google Store are the Chromecast family and Google Home. There might be a few other accessories or products that have been removed as well, but those are the ones that happened to catch our eyes.
Google cleaning house isn’t necessarily that strange, but it does seem to suggest that Google has moved on from not only the Nexus family, but its even somewhat distancing itself from Android TV too. The new Google Store is one that is all about showcasing Google’s own hardware, and less about its OEM partners (with a few exceptions, like Chromebooks). Whether this change is a good or bad one probably comes down to a matter of opinion.
Of course, if you’re interested in any of these products, you can still find them on Amazon and likely several other major retailers.
What do you think of this change? Surprised by any of the products that were ditched?