Are you still planning to buy the Nexus 5 smartphone? You may not be delighted to hear that Google is planning to stop selling the device, at least from the Google Store.
If you try to check the 2013 Nexus device from the Google Store, you will see a message that reads: “the Nexus 5 is no longer available for purchase,” as well as a Not Available button on the upper right side of the page.
This latest development is certainly consistent with reports that surfaced back in December of last year, stating that the company has already stopped producing the Nexus 5 smartphone. Interested buyers were reportedly encouraged to purchase the device while it was still offered on sale at the Google Store before it gets completely phased out. Other reports indicated that the Nexus 5 would only be still available from Google for the first quarter of 2015. Beyond that, it would be gone for good.
That is pretty much what is happening now. But there is a big reason behind Google's decision to discontinue production of this handset. That reason of course is the Nexus 5's successor -- the Nexus 6 phablet, which launched in November of last year. Google has stated that it will be focusing on the latest Nexus device in terms of sales and distribution. Because of this, the Nexus 5 had to go.
It does makes sense for Google to put its focus on the Nexus 6. The device may be the most expensive Nexus model yet (it retails for $649), but it is also the most popular so far. Much credit goes to the phablet's specifications which are truly an improvement over its predecessor. It features a bigger display screen, a much better pixel resolution, a more powerful chip set, and even larger internal storage.
But the Nexus 5 is not completely extinct yet. Those who really want to purchase the device can still get it at select retailers in the United States, including Amazon and Best Buy stores. When it comes to major wireless carriers, Sprint is the only one that still sells the handset.
Or, they can just move on and get the Nexus 6 instead. The newest Nexus smartphone is available directly from Google or from Motorola (which partnered with Google in manufacturing the device). One can also get it from all four major wireless carriers in the US (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and most recently Verizon Wireless, which will sell the handset starting March 19th). The Nexus 6 phablet is sold at a price of $250 (with the usual two-year contract) by both Verizon and AT&T. Sprint is selling the handset for $200.
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