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Google Nexus 5 release nears as retailers drop Nexus 4

Luke Johnson


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A Google Nexus 5 release date could be with us in the near future, as the existing Google Nexus 4 is dropped by retailers.

With the white Google Nexus 4 yesterday being confirmed as ‘sold out’ on the Google Play store, the LG manufactured handset has now started to disappear from retailers, suggesting a replacement could be on the way in the form of the much rumoured Google Nexus 5.

One of the first UK retailers to stock the Google Nexus 4 outside of Google’s own retail channels, Carphone Warehouse has today dropped the Android 4.2 launching handset without warning, a potential sign of new things to come from Google’s Mountain View campus. The seeming finality of the retailer’s decision is something of a surprise, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One rival removed without trace from the company’s website.

Although far from the only UK retailer to offer the Google Nexus 4, Carphone Warehouse’s decision to drop the Google Nexus 4 poses many questions, with the high-end handset with a wallet-friendly price tag only recently overcoming stock constraints to become a readily available option.

Google Nexus 5 Rumours

A device widely expected to launch Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, a selection of Google Nexus 5 rumours have done the rounds in recent months, bringing with them a selection of claimed specs.

According to recent reports, the Google Nexus 5 will pair its new Android OS with a range of high-end, iPhone 5 toppling specs. It has been suggested the currently unconfirmed phone will land with a 5.2-inch OLED display with a 1920 x 1080p Full HD display in tow.

On top of this, further Google Nexus 5 rumours have pointed to a phone with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and the option of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage capacities. The Google Nexus 4 was criticised for only being made available with 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. A 16-megapixel rear-mounted camera and a hearty 3300mAh Lithium-Polymer battery have also been mooted.

Back in May LG, manufacturing partner of the Google Nexus 4 seemed to rule itself out of contention to produce the upcoming Google Nexus 5. Speaking on the possibility of back-to-back Nexus dealings, Kim Wong, Vice President of LG Mobile in Europe, stated: “The Nexus 4 was a great success despite the production problems for us and Google. However, we do not need such a marketing success again.”

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Via: AndroidPolice


July 5, 2013, 6:07 pm

Again, nothing to see here. This is conjecture based on one retailer no longer stocking the phone and Google Play Store indicating that one version of the Nexus 4 is "sold out". There's zero news here regarding Nexus 5.


July 5, 2013, 10:31 pm

You forgot to mention LG said Kim Wong's comments were mistranslated. In fact LG showed a prototype of the Nexus 5 to Google's Larry Page when he visited LG headquarters in South Korea in early May of this year.

The Nexus 5 will be based on the LG G2, just as the Nexus 4 was based on the LG G. The G2 will ship in Q3, and the Nexus 5 will ship in Q4. Whatever specs the G2 has, the Nexus 5 will be almost identical internally. Except take out the expandable memory and put in pentaband HSPA+.

All past 4 Nexus phones were released in November (3,4), December (2), and January (1). The past 3 in November and December. The last two -- Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 -- in November, after end-of-October "announcement." Look for Nexus 5 to be "announced" in October, with actual release in November. Q4, once again.

Brick Scrap

July 6, 2013, 3:39 pm

Carphone Warehouse stopped selling them, because they were charging £400 for them, when you could get them online for £290, hence they haven't sold any.

This is the most ridiculous speculation I've seen in a while.

Brick Scrap

July 6, 2013, 3:39 pm

Whereas, I've heard that LG confirmed they won't be making the next Nexus phone.

Let's just accept that there is no information whatsoever about the next Nexus phone.


July 6, 2013, 5:47 pm

Probably no CDMA version -- but will probably have AT&T and T-mobile LTE, if that matters. Look at the specs of the Sony Xperia ZL C6506 (not the Z, the ZL). I bet the Nexus 5 will be almost identical -- pentaband HSPA+ with several LTE bands, including those used for AT&T and T-mobile. But with Snapdragon 800 CPU.


July 6, 2013, 11:33 pm

Apparently you can't READ, can you? I specifically refuted what you just wrote.

But I'll repeat myself, and maybe your reading comprehension will improve. . LG never said they weren't making the Nexus 5, LG never said they don't want to make the Nexus 5. An LG VP did make a statement -- which LG says was mistranslated. And idiot bloggers have been posting it everywhere without posting the REAL statement. So, there.

There IS information about the next Nexus phone, so you are wrong there also. :) In fact LG showed a prototype of the Nexus 5 to Google's Larry Page when he visited LG headquarters in South Korea in early May of this year.


July 16, 2013, 9:34 pm

T-Mobile USA droped the nexus 4 from thier line up yesterday.


August 20, 2013, 12:18 pm

I wasn't aware "iPhone 5 toppling specs" were anything to brag about...


August 31, 2013, 12:52 pm

I would have bought a 16G Nexus 4 in a heartbeat, if it also included an external memory card slot. Google and their "cloud" only future is to blame for this situation though.

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