We’ve been hearing talk for a while now that Google may be replacing both the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 in one swoop, instead the search giant is said to be preparing to release a premium 8.9-inch tablet built by HTC and believed to be debuting under the name Nexus 9. Reportedly the new HTC tablet will arrive alongside Android L, but it’s all just rumor and speculation at this point.

One thing that isn’t rumor, however, is the status of the Nexus 7. It appears that the Nexus 7 (2013) may finally be gone from the U.S. version of the Play store, with the exception of the 32GB GSM LTE model. As for the rest of the versions of the Nexus 7? They are currently listed as out of stock, specifically under the message “we are out of inventory. Please check back soon”. Now it’s possible this could be a temporary situation and that more stock is incoming, but then again, the Nexus 10 has been displaying this same message for what seems like ages now.

While the Nexus 7’s current  status doesn’t necessarily prove HTC’s rumored Nexus tablet is on its way, it seems to suggest that change is in the wind. What do you think of the Nexus 9 based on what we know? Still holding out hope for an eventual Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 refresh?