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Jun
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The official Nexus 7 pogo pin dock, which we reviewed earlier this year, closed up shop on the US Play Store for some reason this afternoon. The $30 accessory was rather long-awaited by many Nexus 7 owners, and went on sale on the Play Store in numerous countries, including the US, in March.

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It's possible this is just a temporary fluke in the Play Store inventory system, but this page hasn't changed in well over an hour, so we're starting to believe this situation might be permanent. Why, exactly, would Google stop selling the accessory? Well, speculation about a new small Nexus tablet is likely to run wild when this sort of thing happens - discontinuing accessories is often a sign that the product for which they're designed may be getting the axe as well. Or, maybe they were just selling really poorly and Google decided to pull the plug. We obviously can't know, but we'll be watching the rest of the Nexus 7 accessories closely over the coming days and weeks.

The dock is also still available on the Play Store in the UK and Germany, and if you're in the US, Amazon and B&H sell them as well.

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David Ruddock
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  • Roberto Giunta

    God dammit, Google! Stop the teasing, release 4.3 and the Nexus 7 refresh!

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      I don't condone your language but I sure do condone your message, Next Gen Nexus 7/8 w/ High PPI please!

      • Roberto Giunta

        That's already the SFW version of what I was thinking :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Your comment isn't SFW? Man, my job rocks.

          Shit.

          • Roberto Giunta

            Pah, I didn't even drop the f-bomb this time! 0:)

          • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

            Goddamnit-hating douches like Android? I could have sworn they were all iOS users. :)

            Also to get back on topic, as an owner of this dock, I can say you aren't missing much. The angle this dock set the N7 at was pretty horrible...it could just as well been 90°. It's basically a glorified charger, which I guess it's better than plunking down $60 for the N4 wireless charger since this thing is also technically wireless charging plus it can do audio out as well.

  • duse

    Why does Google put these pogo pins on things and barely or never use them? This came out late, the GNex's dock was missing most of the time, and I don't think the Nexus 10 has any at all. It'd be great to see them come up with a coherent and consistent plan for something and actually stick to it.

    • Steve Freeman

      No shit. If it came out when the N7 was first released, I almost definitely would have gotten at least one. But when it finally DID come out, I just couldn't bring myself to care anymore.

  • Mastermind26

    Does not matter until a N10 dock is available....then I can panic when they nix that!

    • Haunter

      Fucking THIS! What the hell happened to that Christmas video with the N10 dock IN it... I've been waiting on this thing since launch.

      • Mastermind26

        IKR!

  • angel_spain

    It's still available on Spain too.

  • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

    Ahh, nerts. I was going to get one of these, despite it being overpriced, because the one-way microUSB with a short cord was getting on my nerves. Hope they still have some at MicroCenter.

  • Fuck America, I <3 Australia

    And the problem is?

    Sometimes it's great being an aussie cause I think it's still up on our play store although there are better third party ones.

    • jonny

      Is there another pogo pin alternative? $50 for what is essentially a piece if plastic with some wires is steep, which had put me off from buying one. I wouldn't want a usb dock, I can't imagine the socket lasting long with repeated insertion and removal.

  • Simon Lightfoot

    Just purchased two on the UK Play Store! One for the office and one for home. Now I'm in business, thanks for the heads up :D

    • Mike Reid

      Thanks for the heads up AP.

      Just ordered 2 in Canada. You inspired me to get 1 more...

      It only allowed 1 or 2 and now the product page says "Limit reached" LOL.

      So, the US gets the product first, but also has it pulled first ? Will be interesting to see if we get our docks.

      • Guest

        Just arrived and working well. I thought the USB could also be a data connection but it seems not. It's not the end of the world though. I can still develop my apps via WiFi. First thing I want.. auto-connect to PC via Bluetooth when inserted into dock. So now I can play music out of my PC sound system. If anyone wants this application, let me know I might publish it on Google Play.

  • dalibor

    If Google would start selling these docks with N7 and with the right price tag, it would be a no-brainer for most of people buying N7. But Google missed the wave and now the dock is nothing more but overpriced piece of plastic. 20+€? Are you nuts?

  • Thomas Owen

    Ahhh, I'm waiting for the N7 2nd gen, I need a tablet for the summer holidays which star on 21st June for me, so if the Nexus 7 2nd gen is released mid july I will have had a whole month without tablet and only until end of August left, come on Google why not just release it in June goddamit!

  • Rob Cook

    Did they really discontinue the dock or was there just such apathy from N7 owners having to wait so damn long for it to appear in the first place that nobody bothered to ever buy one?

  • Mike Harris

    Maybe they removed it because they needed the shelf space for the new (read: old) Nexus 10 docks we've been waiting for!

  • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

    That thing sold out in a day the first time it was on the store. I got lucky when I randomly checked last month and it was in stock.

  • Simon Lightfoot

    My dock just got delivered and working well. I thought the USB could also be a data connection but it seems not. It's not the end of the world though. I can still develop my app's via adb over WiFi. First thing I want.. auto-connect to PC via Bluetooth when inserted into dock. So now I can play music out of my PC sound system. If anyone wants this application, let me know I might publish it on Google Play.