Nexus 5 choices pared down to black-only, out of stock in Google Play

Nexus 5 choices pared down to black-only, out of stock in Google Play
All of the smartphones in Google Play, from the new Nexus 6, to the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition, to the Nexus 5, and even the Moto G Google Play Edition, are sold out.

The Nexus 6 is understandably sold out, and the holiday shopping season probably moved the other devices out of the warehouse rather quickly too. However, as interesting as the lack of availability is, a few subtle changes also took place with the choices for the still available Nexus 5.

Even at a year old, the Nexus 5 is a great device, and its bang-for-the-buck factor is pretty much unmatched. However, where a prospective buyer of a Nexus 5 might have once had a choice of colors, white, red, or black, the option has narrowed to only the latter.

We can speculate and hypothesize about the rhyme and reason for this development, but it is a crapshoot either way. It could be that LG is just streamlining the manufacturing process for a one-generation old device. Or Google could be making changes to the page to reflect the new version of Android (it still lists as being sold with Android 4.4 KitKat). Or this, or that, take your best shot. At least there is still an option to pick between a 16 or 32GB model (for now anyway) if you were able to buy one.

None of that really changes the fact that Google has not been having a heck of a time keeping any Nexus, Google Play Edition device, or the latest Android Wear smartwatches (like the ASUS ZenWatch or LG G Watch R) in stock.

Of course, as we notice any significant changes, we’ll pass them along, but for now, your best bet is checking other avenues to get your pure Android device.

source: Google Play



1. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

Nexus 5 will be gone for good.

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Nexus 5 will live two more years. Hohoho

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

XDA will keep it alive forever.

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

My Nexus 4 is still going strong. I'd be buying a Nexus 5 if it weren't for the dinky battery. Gonna get a G2 instead.

9. tury694

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

Don't do it. Keep the Nexus 4.

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'll never get rid of my Nexus 4, the sexy little thing. But I want something with a bigger screen and (more importantly) a bigger battery. The LG G2 has great custom ROM/kernel support, great hardware, and an absurdly affordable secondary market price. Developer support for the G2 can't match the Nexus 5 (but what can?), but there's plenty, including my favorite ROMs (LiquidSmooth, Carbon), so I'm sure I'll be happy with a G2 for $250-270. As cheap (or cheaper) than a 32GB Nexus 5, but with a better camera and bigger battery. Even NIB, G2s cost the same or cheaper than a Nexus 5.

11. culots unregistered

$250-270 will get you a *new* G2. You can get a like-new one for

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Long live king android!

5. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

I luv my Nexus 5

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google poor inventory control shows yet again.

7. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Hopefully, not the last unbeatable value among well-speced phones.

12. ruwie

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 25, 2014

Nexus 5 - King of android phone, Nexus 6 - King of Android Phablet, Nexus 9 - King of Android Tablet

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