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Nexus 6 release imminent as Nexus 5 nears ‘end of life’

The Nexus 6 release could be just around the corner (along with the Nexus 9) as retailers reportedly add the existing Nexus 5 to their ‘end of life’ lists.

With the Nexus 5 having launched a little under 12 months ago, US network Sprint is reported to have placed the Google-branded smartphone on its list of handsets to be discontinued. This suggests a replacement – the heavily rumoured Google Nexus 6 – could be just weeks from launch.

Citing an unnamed ‘source inside Sprint’, the folks over at AndroidPolice have claimed the retailer will stop promoting the handset through its retail channels.

Although it is believed the network is still sitting on a small amount of Nexus 5 stock, once sold out the handset stores will not be replenished.

At present, the Nexus 5 is still available through Google’s own online channels. There are however a few configurations – 16GB white and 32GB black – which are listed as ‘out of stock’.

While Google has yet to formally acknowledge the existence of such a device, it is widely believe the Nexus 6 smartphone will be formally unveiled next month.

Despite LG having been the manufacturing partner for both the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, it is expected that the Nexus 6 will see Motorola handed responsibility for piecing the device together.

According to recently leaks, the Nexus 6 will be something of an oversized Moto X. The phone has been leaked with a 6-inch screen in tow.

Expected to land as the launch device for the new Android L operating system, it has been suggested the Nexus 6 could be unveiled on October 16 alongside the heavily rumoured, HTC made, Nexus 9 tablet.

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