In case you didn’t notice a little change that occurred last week, Google separated its direct to consumer device sales from the Play Store, which now focuses purely on digital goods. Instead, consumers who want to buy hardware like phones, tablets, and Chromebooks directly from Google must do so through the Google Store, available at store.google.com, or through the devices link in the Play Store.
And with this change, Google quite silently retired the Nexus 5 by LG. This means that potential customers have only one option for a Nexus phone – the Nexus 6 by Motorola. In other words, go big or go home.
Google also launched a new Chromebook Pixel, is offering a $50 Play Store credit for all phone, tablet, and Android Wear purchases, and is also offering free shipping on all orders (that’s a first). But alas, no Nexus 5.
The Nexus 6 is certainly the most powerfully awesome Nexus device to date, but not everyone has huge hands like I do. Still, Google I/O is just a few months away – maybe Google will throw us a curveball and release a refreshed Nexus 5.