Google has stopped selling the Nexus 5, the company’s 2014 flagship Android smartphone. A Google spokesperson told The Verge today that “while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time.” Searches for the older model on Google’s new hardware store show that the Nexus 5 is no longer available for purchase direct from Google.
This leaves the Nexus series without an affordable, yet powerful smartphone – which in turn means that right now, I have absolutely no idea which Android smartphone to recommend. The Nexus 6 is too expensive and too large (and personally, I find it hideous), and everything else leaves you at the mercy of OEMs when it comes to updates (i.e., you ain’t getting any). I really hope Google has a refreshed Nexus 5 in the pipeline.