This is not much of a surprise, but it is telling for the way Google handles its launches. We have already seen this with the Nexus 7 2013 edition launch as the tablet replaced the 2012 edition. You can still find Google’s last year’s 7-incher at third party retailers that still have stock, but the official Google Play store is not selling the device.
We are seeing the same story repeat itself with the Nexus 5 and 4. You’d probably still be able to find the Nexus 4 at third-party retailers, but not on Google Play and that means you probably won’t be able to capitalize on that alluring $199 sale offer.
This sales model comes in stark contrast with what Apple is doing. The Cupertino-based company usually continues selling its last year’s model at a discounted price.
With all this in mind, we are seeing a pattern and we would expect the same thing to happen for future Google devices sold on the Play store. As soon as the new one appears, expect the old one to be gone.