INTERNET GIANT Google reportedly has discontinued its Nexus 4 smartphone, hinting that another model is on its way.
While it's still unclear whether Google has discontinued the handset, signs seem to suggest that the Nexus 4 will soon be replaced. This week Google revealed that it was sold out of white Nexus 4 handsets, and instead of offering preorders until more stock becomes available, the firm removed the pearly smartphone from the Google Play store.
Since then, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse, which was one of the first places to sell the Google Nexus 4, has removed its webpage for the flagship Android smartphone. A search for the handset on the retailer's website now no longer displays the LG built smartphone, and instead brings up a list of the other Android devices that Carphone Warehouse has on offer.
While this isn't confirmation that Google has discontinued the Nexus 4 smartphone, it seems to suggest that the firm is planning to announce a replacement some time soon.
There's already plenty of speculation about the rumoured Google Nexus 5, which is tipped to be unveiled between now and September. This handset, which apparently will cost the same as its predecessor, reportedly will feature a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and Google's yet to be announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
There's also talk of a 5in touchscreen display, a 13MP rear-facing camera, 4G LTE support and a 3,140mAh battery.
Google was not immediately available for comment. µ