In what could be seen as a move to boost sales of the recently released Nexus 6, Google has reportedly decided to kill the popular Nexus 5. Interestingly, the search giant hasn't cut the price of the device even once despite completing one-year cycle in the market and the release of its successor.
The Nexus 5 was launched at $350 (₹28,999) for the 16GB variant and $400 (₹32,999) for the 32GB model in 2013 and the prices still stand. Google has the tradition of cutting the price of its latest smartphone before the release of a new device but it was not the case with the Nexus 5.
Interestingly, the white and red variants of the Nexus 5 have been removed from the Google Play Store, and the black version of both the 16GB and 32GB were out of stock at the time of filing this story with "We are out of inventory. Please check back soon" notice being put up on its site.
A Google spokesperson had reportedly told Tech Radar that production of the Nexus 5 would be stopped and that "once they are gone, they're gone, so we'd suggest people get them while they can".
However, Google U.S. later clarified to the same website that the Nexus 5 would be available on the Google Play Store and select retailers through the first quarter of 2015, hinting that it will be back for grabs very soon.
The Nexus 5 is still in demand despite its age. It sports a 4.95-inch display with 1080x1920 pixels (445 ppi pixel density), come packed with 16/32 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM, non-removable Li-Po 2,300 mAh battery, and 8MP camera with autofocus, optical image stabilization, and LED flash. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop).