After months of speculation, Google has finally killed off its ageing Nexus 5 smartphone after almost 18 months of sales.
Built in partnership with LG, the Nexus 5 was released back in November 2013 and was replaced last year with the introduction of the Nexus 6 – which was built by Motorola.
Google did continue to stock the Nexus 5 after this however, but has this week pulled the plug on the device at long last.
The move to get rid of the Nexus 5 definitely doesn’t come as too much of a surprise for many Google fans, especially considering that the Nexus 6 has practically usurped the majority of the older handset’s fan base.
The Google Play website simply states that the Nexus 5 is no longer available, whilst laptop fans will also notice that the first Pixel Chromebook has also been removed from the site.
The Nexus 6 smartphone will now take the mantle as the only flagship smartphone from directly from Google, and it packs a pretty powerful spec list as well.
Boasting a 6” QHD display, the screen is much larger and much more powerful than the older device, whilst the internal components have also been subject to an upgrade.
A Snapdragon 805 chipset is the first major addition, whilst a quad-core 2.7GHz processor also ensures that the Nexus 6 runs incredibly quickly.
You can opt for either a 32GB or 64GB version of the handset, both of which feature 3GB RAM as well, whilst a non-removable 3220mAh battery also makes the cut.
For Instagram addicts, the Nexus 6 also boasts a 13 megapixel rear lens and a 2 megapixel front facing effort as well.
It’s quite a way off yet, but the demise of the Nexus 5 does also make way for the next Nexus smartphone – which is due to hit the market late this year.
There are still plenty of questions being bounced around about the handset – several regarding its name.
Whilst the obvious move would be the Nexus 7 – there’s already a tablet device under that name, leading some to believe that the phone could be named something else.
On top of this, a brand new design could be put in place, especially considering the way Google has been choosing between manufacturers of late.
Finally, with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 boasting some powerful new specs – Google will want to keep up as well.
For those still pining for the older Google branded device, you will still be able to grab the Nexus 5 elsewhere, but you won’t find any direct from Google.
Written by Luke Hatfield