New Google Nexus phone to replace de-stocked Nexus 4?

Some retailers are taking the Nexus 4 off shelves, leading to speculation that there could be a smartphone surprise scheduled for Google I/O.

Will the Nexus 4 be little more than a hill of jelly beans compared to the next Nexus? Josh Miller/CNET

The Android faithful are getting giddy over what Google goodies could be revealed at next week's Google I/O developers' conference, and the de-shelving of the Nexus 4 at retailers has some wondering if a new pure Android phone is about to replace it.

Two U.K. retailers, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U, have discontinued sales of the Nexus 4 this week, and the number of U.S. retailers still offering the phone online also seems to be shrinking. Check Google's official retail locator for the latest pure Google phone and the only outlets that pop up in most places (I checked New York, San Francisco, and Denver) are all T-Mobile stores.

Yet, when I checked Best Buy's Web site and clicked on the only Nexus 4 on offer (the T-Mobile version), I got a mysterious "Page Not Found" error. It certainly appears someone thinks the Nexus 4 has run its course and is looking to make room for something new.

The mind automatically jumps to fancy-free dreams of a Nexus 5 , Motorola " X Phone ," or perhaps the mighty LG " Megalodon " rumored to be the next Nexus. Few of the rumors surrounding such mythic devices actually line up with a reveal at Google I/O. The smart money for next week's event in terms of smartphone releases is on something far more modest, like a 4G version of the Nexus 4.

Nonetheless, I'll spend part of this weekend slumbering with visions of terrifying Megalodons and cute little Androids dancing in my head.

What do you expect to see at I/O? Take our poll here and let us know in the comments what you want in a new Nexus.

(Hat tilt to Android Headlines for the U.K retailer tip.)

 

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