Google launches ‘Google Store’ for hardware, officially ditches Nexus 5

Google launches ‘Google Store’ for hardware, officially ditches Nexus 5Team Mountain View has given its Google Play Devices section an overhaul, spinning it off into an entirely separate entity called Google Store, but aesthetics aside, there’s one very notable difference.

Browsing the Phones section, in particular, you have the choice of the Google Nexus 6, and, er, that’s about the size of it. RIP Google Nexus 5.

The all-new Google Store is just hours old, but The Verge was quick to notice the absence of the trusty Google Nexus 5.

A Google spokesperson later confirmed: "While some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time."

The news will no doubt come as a disappointment to some, as the alternative, the Motorola-built Google Nexus 6, has proved thoroughly divisive - on account of its colossal 6in display.

Released in November 2013 as the flagship KitKat smartphone, the LG-built Google Nexus 5 is less than 18 months old, and still a thoroughly capable phone, with a 1080p 5in display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM.

We’d hoped the Google Nexus 5 might hang around as a pocket-friendly alternative to the Nexus 6, but nope; it’s 6in or nothing.

On the plus side, the Google Store is currently offering free delivery on everything. And as Google says, the Nexus 5 will still be available from alternative outlets, where we'll hopefully see some sweet deals in due course.

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