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So Google just blew our minds with tons of new Nexus stuff. The Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and new variations of the Nexus 7 (32GB, 3G). The new listings for each are all live in the Play Store, so you have from now until November 13th to stare at the the images and memorize every single detail of the spec sheet of each.

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What you can't do, however, is buy the Galaxy Nexus or any of its accessories. Why? Because they're all gone. Just as quickly as it unveiled all the new Nexuses, Google has removed the Galaxy Nexus - and everything that goes along with it - from the Play Store. Not that you'd really want to buy it now, after all - the bigger, badder, better brother is just right around the corner.

[Play Store 1, 2, 3, 4]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Anthony Vella

    Personally, no LTE is a HUGE turn off and Android imo is just heading in the wrong direction. Google just needs to make their OWN device and make it the thing people will drool for. Look at Microsoft, they saw they were falling behind quickly, they created a team to create the Surface tablet and I'll tell yea, its an awesome device.

    • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

      LTE doesn't mean much. Most consumers don't care as long as the device works really well and doesn't 'lag'. In the UK LTE starts from £36 which isn't worth it.

      There's more than USA out there.

      • Anthony Vella

        Ok but you have to agree, these manufacturers for Android phones really aren't creating a very high-quality device. The hardware on Android has always lacked and I think a Google team could really blow us away.

        • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

          They could, but it's a lot of work to build your own devices.

          A lot of devices are good, it's just a lot of rubbish.

        • jonathan3579

          Oh you're right... The new Nexus is soooo lacking. /sarcasm

          It bests the iPhone 5 in nearly every single way and that's the placeholder for virtually every smartphone.

          • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

            Except storage? But for the price, it's good enough. Wow, I knew it's likely they'll go through with that 8/16GB and I was prepared to be disappointed mainly because I expected them to sell it for $400-500 and for that amount of storage, it was unacceptable. Glad they priced it right.

      • Smokeey

        Google is an American company.

        • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

          And?

        • jonathan3579

          LTE is not nearly as universal as GSM/WCDMA bands. Get over it.

    • HellG

      google said many times they wont make hardware that's why the put a fully separate team to run Motorola mobility, if you really need a device like that then wait for late 2013 when they can really use motorola's brand in a nexus :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/sander.roelofs.nl Sander Roelofs

      Not compatible with the rest of the world so nice that they cut it.

    • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

      “We certainly have a desire to offer devices on every carrier on the planet,” Rubin said. “The tactical issue is GSM vs. LTE. A lot of the networks that have deployed LTE haven’t scaled completely yet — they’re hybrid networks. They’ll do their old thing and they’ll do LTE, which means the devices need both radios built into them.”

      “For now we’re gonna sit back and watch those networks evolve. Two radios in a device right now certainly raises the cost, and diminishes battery life.” This point seems to frustrate him. “When we did the Galaxy Nexus with LTE we had to do just that, and it just wasn’t a great user experience. It’s possible to do it right, but that’s not where we’ll put our resources initially. Tactically, we want to make sure the devices are available for every network on the planet.”

      via: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/29/3570034/inside-android-building-the-nexus-4-nexus-10-android-4-2

  • MikeCiggy

    Sooooooooo..... where do I get some surplus car docks on the cheap?

    • aLb3Rt

      china... :p

      • MikeCiggy

        I was hoping that after today's release we would see a nice price drop on the dock and now I'm left without the option to even buy. I'm a little upset.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    NO LTE=NO PROBLEM TMOBILE PREPAID FTW

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    So what happens to all the stock they had leftover? How about a $99 fire sale?

    • Kenny O

      I was thinking the same thing. But they would be smart to wait a bit until after the Nexus 4 goes on sale for a few weeks. I would definitely buy a $99 GNex as a back up and/or media consumption device for my kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

    That doesn't surprise me at all. Google's been having some TERRIBLE quality issues with the last batch of GSM Nexii. I personally have seen half a dozen of them with odd color banding in the screens. I wouldn't be surprised if they resorted to repackaging refurbs just to get them out the door for the last couple months of its shelf life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sander.roelofs.nl Sander Roelofs

    GOODBYEEEE MY LOVEEER GOODBYEEEE MY FRIEEEND

    • mesmorino

      Too right mate

  • br_hermon

    I agree, with the Nexus 4 out (soon), why would you buy a Galaxy Nexus? HOWEVER, why would you remove listings for accessories? For those current GNex owners who may want to go in and buy an accessory now, its really a slap in the face. The bottom line here is that with Google removing all traces of the previous model, it creates a bad customer experience. It leaves their "old" customers out in the cold with a sort of Wham-Bam-Thank you ma'am sort of demeanor. Where's the customer appreciation and support? As much as I can't stand Apple, at least they continue to support older devices. Wouldn't it be (obviously) wise for Google to do the same?

    I don't get it.

    • NexusKoolaid

      This is the same kind of thing they with the Nexus One accessories. Without warning they were gone. Stock at unofficial channels dried up quickly at greatly inflated prices. All the while not a word from Google on why the decision was so sudden or where people should go for accessories.

      Eventually the good showed up at the HTC store. Not sure whether this was something Google was working out or didn't want to speak into something they had little control of. Either way the customer experience was sub-par (maybe they could have waited until the alternative was ready before pulling the good from the store?).

      Don't get me wrong - I love my Phones (N1 and G'Nex), I love the OS, But Google does not seem to get the whole customer service thing.

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    There goes a good phone.

  • Dreamcasting

    Is Google distancing themselves from Samsung due to the lawsuits or some such? Are you working on why this has been so quick?

    • http://twitter.com/chris_penner Chris Penner

      The Nexus 10 is made by Samsung.

    • Alex

      If there is anything along those lines to be drawn, it's probably just more likely that the partnership agreement was always drawn with a definitive end point (presumably the launch of the next device in the Nexus line). It's fine for the hardware itself, as there's little need for Google to officially support the sale of new devices of its now defunct product (and there are still plenty of other vendors to get one from if you really must) - but it IS a bit rubbish that they have stopped dead in terms of peripherals and accessories. If you bought a Galaxy Nexus yesterday ('cos you're daft), that's you out of a chance to get any accessories after sale now.

      It worries me most because accessories are the one thing the Nexus line is failing in compared to the Apple products. It shouldn't be so hard to get a decent case for my device when you can barely walk into a shop these days without tripping over iPhone and iPad cases/covers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    Id care if they ever offered jack for the LTE models or even had the GSM crap in stock. None of the POGO stuff was ever available. Here is hoping that LG is better at supporting the phones than Samsung ever was.

  • Mike

    im dissappointed about this, even if the galaxy nexus is considered old now.

  • http://twitter.com/Codexx Cody Curry

    A lot of people are saying it makes sense.

    Honestly, if you use a GNex, it still feels great with JellyBean. If I were Google, I'd find a way to slash the price. Lower it to $250 or $200 or so. Make it a cheap phone. Apple still keeps older iPhones in production for budget households. Google may already be capturing a price-conscious market with their primary phones, but that doesn't mean they can't keep secondary ones around.

    Otherwise, a last-minute sale of their remaining stock seems like a wise decision. Get more out there in the wild.