Is Google's Nexus 4 on the way out? It certainly seems that way.
Late last month, Google dropped the price of the Nexus 4 by a hundred dollars. The price of the 8 GB model was reduced to $199, while the 16 GB model dropped to $249. Many saw the price cut as a sign that the Nexus 5 was on the way. It wasn't long until the 8 GB model became unavailable in the Google Play Store, which only fueled rumors of the next generation Nexus. Now it looks like the 16 GB is also gone, which means the Nexus 4 is no longer available from the Google Play Store in the United States.
Though the Google Play Store does not have the Nexus 4 labeled as 'discontinued,' the Verge cites a trusted source with knowledge of Google's plans as saying it won't be back in stock. What's more, once the device sells out in other Google Play stores around the world, that will be the end of the Nexus 4's availability.
Google has yet to announce the Nexus 5, but it's rumored to also be an LG-branded device. This would mark the second time Google has worked with LG on a Nexus smartphone. If previous leaks are to be believed, the phone will look remarkably similar to the Nexus 4, but larger. Rumors point to a screen measuring more than 5 inches, a Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2 GB of RAM and Android KitKat.