Nexus 4 won't be restocked on Google Play, hints at Nexus 5

The recent Nexus 4 price cut was to clear stock, Google has confirmed, hinting the Nexus 5 is almost upon us.

Google slashed the Nexus 4's price by a whopping £80 last week -- it wasn't exactly expensive to begin with -- and now it's clear why. It's a clearance sale. When it's sold out of Google Play, it's gone for good, a Google spokesperson confirmed to The Verge. So better get yours in now, if you want one.

It also hints we'll see the Nexus 5 launch very soon indeed.

The 8GB Nexus 4 has sold out of Google Play in the US, and here in Blighty you'll now have to wait about a week before it's dispatched. That's down from two to three days before, suggesting demand has been high. I've asked a Google UK spokesperson for confirmation that it's a clearance sale -- they weren't much help, so I've asked another, and will update this story if I hear back.

The Nexus 4 was considered a steal when it launched at £239, so at £159 it's ridiculously good value. If you bought one 15 days or fewer before the price cut -- as I did -- you're eligible for a refund. Head here to claim your £80 cash back. 

At first it was thought this price cut was to see off the  cheaper iPhone we've heard so much about, and that could still be the case. But the Nexus 4 is approaching a year old, which is an age in mobile terms. So its successor could well be waiting in the wings.

But who'll make it? One rumour says the Google-owned Motorola will be behind it . Moto failed to bring the Moto X to these shores , but promised us it's "working on something new", which could take the shape of the Nexus 5.

Or Google could stick with LG for its next Android flagship. Either way, it probably won't ask Samsung, seeing as it's already expressed concern the Korean company is becoming too dominant .

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Did you get a Nexus 4 at this reduced price? What would you like to see from a Nexus 5? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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    Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.

     

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