Google is officially done selling the Nexus 5


Nexus 5 back 1

With all of the noise yesterday about the Chromebook Pixel and the new Google Store, it would have been easy to miss that the Nexus 5 suddenly had no place on the website. We weren’t sure if this was an error, if it meant stock was temporarily unavailable or if Google was simply getting ready to sunset the device.

We now have an answer — the Nexus 5 is done. According to information received by The Verge, while Google still has a small inventory of Nexus 5 units remaining, their new focus is on selling the Nexus 6.

The device is being retired a bit sooner than we’re used to. It’s not a bad phone by today’s standards. In fact, it’s still top notch for its very affordable price tag of a minimum of $300 (and considering the Nexus 6 costs more than twice as much it was still a primary option for anyone looking for a new smartphone).

So what happens now? Well, if you want a Nexus 5 you are likely able to find them available from third-party retailers or second-hand sales sites. Those who still own one won’t see their device suddenly become useless. It’ll still receive the latest Android updates for as long as it is able to. In fact, it just started receiving Android 5.1 Lollipop. But getting one through Google is no longer an option, and we’re sad to have to admit it.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

PSA: North American Nexus 6s have a tad bit of Verizon bloatware after Android 5.1 (even if you’re with a different carrier)

Previous article

With Galaxy S6 and One M9 looming, our list of best android phones remains unchanged… for now

Next article

You may also like


  1. need a nexus 5.5 lol

  2. Maybe Google will release a new N5 that also supports Google Wireless service coming this year as rumor is only N6 can support GW. There is also a rumor of a new Nexus coming with USB 3.1 Type C connector, maybe it is replacing the old N5 if a 5″-ish screen.

  3. Good night sweet prince

    1. Fair winds and following seas.

  4. I don’t think I have consistently loved any phone as much as my N5 but it will be 2 this year and I look forward to USB type C and LTE Band 12 support as well as better battery and camera. It will be a sad day indeed that I retire it but hopefully the replacement will be just as good.

    1. I was sad when I got rid of my Nexus 1 and my HTC G2. Those phones were hard to part ways with.

    2. Holy crap I could have sworn the nexus 5 had band 12 support. I have been cursing T-Mobile, but I should have looked at the specs before being a jerk.

      1. Nope, that’s probably going to be my main reason for upgrading. Though I’ll wait till a new N5 comes out or the next Moto X probably.

  5. I’d better see N5 2015 leaks in the following months then

  6. Long Live The Nexus 6

    1. Each year my phone keeps getting larger. I wonder if I have hit my limit with the Nexus 6?

      1. Hopefully, unless Sony making a Nexus Ultra.

        1. If sony made it we know it’d be sexy.

      2. Switching to the Nexus 6 from the 5 was weird. Got it and “Good lord, this thing is gigantic.”

        A few weeks later, pick up the 5 and it turns to “Good lord, this thing is tiny, how did I use this?”

        1. That’s exactly my experience! The N5 feels too small since using the N6.

        2. It’s all relevant to what you are used to. If you used the N5 for a few weeks, the N6 would once again feel like the monstrosity that it is.

      3. I have very large hands and I am quite sure that anything larger than the Nexus 6 would no longer be a phone to me… I love it’s size but know that it is not for everyone. I think that the sweet zone is 5.5 – 6

        1. Tell that to Blu. They have that gigantic 7 inch phone. Coming from a guy with large hands and walked around with an orignal nexus 7 in his back pocket for 9 months, that’s pretty ridiculous.


  7. saw something in passing about the next nexus 5 possibly being a Huawei (Nexus 5 2015?), now they stop selling the LG N5…. I can’t see Google only offering a 6″ and 9″ device in their store, a lot of people see that as being too big of a phone, and too small of a tablet.

    1. My 8.9″ Kindle fire HDX is perfectly fine in size but I will likely be getting either a 13 or 15″ Notebook to compliment the Note 3 and the Kindle Fire personally. I will likely use the Laptop for serious things like typing and office type of work and the Kindle for media consumption/ebooks and the note for basic web browsing and texting and just being a phone. and I will use my desktop at home for serious pc gaming. might use the laptop for some light gaming on the go but my desktop gets a lot of use as a gaming rig.

    2. Yeah exactly. I wish they would come out with a new 10″ tab.

      1. I would like a 13 as well. It should be:

        7 devices, updated annually

    3. And too expensive for the 6 as well.

  8. Nexus 5 was the best size for me. Slim and not too large for one handed use. Would still be using it if my wife hadn’t been stealing it from me all the time for the camera, so I just took her Moto G1 LTE. Here’s hoping for an affordable(sub $400) 2015 OLED, USB C N5!

  9. Hopefully they bring back this form factor. 4.8-5.2 would be ideal.

  10. Is it time we start thinking what the next Nexus device will be? Or are we all anxiously waiting for the Nexus 7 to come out? Oh wait…

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Handsets