GOOGLE HAS ADMITTED that sales of its most recent Nexus device have been sluggish and have dragged down the company's revenues.
The admission came during Google's first-quarter earnings call when the firm said that a "decline" in sales of Nexus devices affected the company's 'other revenues' category after the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 failed to match the performance of the Nexus 7.
Google CFO Patrick Pichette said: "Other revenues grew 23 percent year over year to $1.8bn, but were down two percent quarter over quarter, driven by year-over-year growth in the Play Store, offset by declines in Nexus and the currency fluctuations.
"Year over year it hasn't been as strong given the strength of the Nexus 7 last year."
This suggests that the Nexus 7 has been Google's most successful tablet to date, but the device is no longer available to buy from Google Play.
This decline in Nexus sales perhaps isn't all that surprising. The Nexus 6, for example, was available from £499 in the UK, while the Nexus 5 smartphone before it was made available from £299, undercutting devices from the likes of HTC and Samsung.
The Nexus 9 was also destined not to see the same success as the Nexus 7. It was slapped with a £319 starting price in the UK, more expensive than Google's £200 7in tablet.
However, Google's Q1 earnings call wasn't all bad as the firm announced profits of $3.59bn from $17.3bn in overall revenues.
Google saw an increase of 12 percent in overall revenues over the previous year's quarter, driven by $15.5bn of advertising revenues, which rose by 11 percent over the same period last year. µ
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