Last year wasn’t great for the Nexus brand. Ahead of October 2014’s much-anticipated Nexus launch, we were -- as usual -- salivating at the thought of a smartphone and a tablet that offered a great user experience and excellent value for money. They didn’t arrive. Instead, Google came up with the Nexus 6, an oversized, relatively expensive smartphone, and the Nexus 9, the total opposite of the excellent Nexus tablets that preceded it.
It now looks like the first of the two is dead. The 6-inch, Motorola-built phablet is no longer available through Google Play. If this is the end for the smartphone, it's a very sad one. The Nexus 6 was by no means a bad device. It was simply too big for most users.
It's now, of course, been succeeded by Huawei's Nexus 6P, a 5.7-inch, well-designed handset with excellent battery life and performance. Farewell, Nexus 6. You weren't quite what we were looking for. [DroidLife]