R.I.P. Nexus: Google signals end of Nexus line; says it will "continue to support" devices

Today, Google unveiled its new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones - among other things - but that launch has inevitably raised the question of what will happen to the company's Nexus line. In recent weeks, rumors have claimed that Google was still planning to launch a successor to its hugely popular Nexus 7 tablet, and that the new device would feature Nexus branding, as well as developer preview support for the company's new Andromeda OS.

But today, Google signalled the end of its Nexus line in two tweets from its official @googlenexus account.

There is an air of finality about the tweets; a sense that the baton is being passed from Nexus to Pixel and that there's no going back. The company emphasized that it will "continue to support" its Nexus devices, including future updates, while the Twitter account will live on as "a place for Nexus convos".

But there's no indication that the company has any intention of launching more devices in the future, and in case you were keeping your hopes up, The Verge reports that Google has said it has "no plans" for any future Nexus products.

This isn't entirely surprising, given the launch of the new Pixel line as Google's flagship mobile devices. However, it now seems that buyers with more modest budgets will have to look elsewhere for their Android fix; the most affordable Pixel phone is priced at $649.

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