Months before the Nexus 6 was released back in November on the Google Play Store Google’s popular flagship smartphone from last year, the Nexus 5, went out of stock and never returned. This was our first sign that a new Nexus smartphone was coming soon, and lately we’ve heard Google will end production of the Nexus 5 completely in 2015.
Over the past few weeks news has surfaced that Google will no longer offer the Nexus 5 in 2015, and that once inventory is gone they’ll no longer be offering the phone. This came as a huge surprise as many buyers passed on the Nexus 6 for the sheer size, being 5.96-inches, and keeping a smaller Nexus 5 makes perfect sense.
If you’re in the market for something a little smaller than Google’s new Nexus 6 or the big Galaxy Note 4, the Nexus 5 from 2013 is still an excellent smartphone for the price. Read our link above for more details, then read on past the beak for everything you need to know.
The Nexus 5 was released back in November of 2013 after being announced at the end of October, and it debuted with the all-new Android 4.4 KitKat. It was one of the best Nexus smartphones to date, yet still had an awesomely low price of $349 or $399 for the 16 and 32GB versions.
The phone has been in and out of stock lately, more so out of stock, and last week Google removed all the color options except the standard black Nexus 5. This is what lead to the reports of production ending, a rumor that Google confirmed as accurate. Sometime in early 2015 the Nexus 5 will disappear, and this could be buyers last chance and getting Google’s previous generation Nexus 5 smartphone.
As a recap, the Nexus 5 has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, a powerful quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and comes with 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Add in an 8 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and a sleek design all at a low price, and you’ll know why it was such a popular phone. See our review below.
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Yesterday the Nexus 5 in both 16 and 32GB versions in black returned to the Google Play Store. It’s listed as in stock, and will ship within 1-2 business days. Being a Friday you’ll likely not receive it until next week, but it may arrive just in time for Christmas.
Google’s simply stated that availability will continue through early 2015, so there’s no exact date as to when the smartphone will actually be removed from the Google Play Store. That said, it’s available now for the same low price, so get it before the stock runs out, as this may be buyers last chance to get a Nexus smartphone that isn’t so big it’s approaching “phablet” status like the new Nexus 6.
Google’s Nexus 5 has already been updated to the latest Android 5.0.1. Lollipop update that started rolling out earlier this week, and will be an excellent smartphone for years to come. Especially given the price. It won’t last long, so get it while you can.