By now you know that the future of the Nexus 5 is somewhat on shaky ground. Sure, Google created a flashy new Nexus 5 page on the Android website, but they never officially came out and said the Nexus 5 will stick around on the Play Store as a low-priced, smaller Nexus offering. Its inconsistent availability in the Play Store have left some feeling like the smartphone was on life support. Couple this with the sudden disappearance of both the red and white models of the Nexus 5 on Google Play, and it felt like Google was ready to pull the plug.
Despite claims that the Nexus 5 was discontinued and simply waiting for the remaining stock to be cleared out, The Verge says they heard — from another Google spokesperson, mind you — that the phone will live on in 2015. Here’s the direct quote from Google:
“Nexus 5 will continue to be available for sale on Google Play and through select retailers in Q1 2015.”
What wasn’t mentioned, however, is if the phone would see a price reduction of any kind. While we’re not expecting a refresh of hardware in any capacity (like a 64GB version), I think it goes without saying that a year old smartphone should see a markdown of some kind. We suppose that’s left up to LG who actually builds the phone and is more than likely focusing on selling smartphones with higher profit margins.