Looking to pick up a Nexus 4 in the UK? Well, you have one less option today. Carphone Warehouse, one of the largest online mobile retailers in the UK, has removed the Nexus 4 from the site. There isn't even an 'out of stock' notice – it's just gone.


The Nexus 4 is getting on on toward late middle age now, and the limited edition white N4 was just discontinued yesterday. Carphone Warehouse is far from the only retailer selling the Nexus 4, but it was one of the first to list the device, and continued to have stock intermittently as Google itself struggled to process orders.


We've reached out to Carphone Warehouse to see if the N4 is truly gone, or if this is some sort of error. We'll update if we hear anything back, but this might be the beginning of the end for the Nexus 4.

[Carphone Warehouse; Thanks, Lucas Arran]

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  • sketaful

    Beginning of the end?

  • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

    Let the Nexus 5 speculation BEGIN!

    • Sean Lumly

      I'll start!

      5" 1080p screen, snapdragon 800 quad core, 2GB Ram (same as before), new manufacturer (possibly HTC). It will launch with the announcement of Android 5 (KLP), while 4.3 will be short-lived and generally reserved for late-to-market non-nexus devices. The camera will be 8MP (as before), though an upgraded sensor, and the phone will be LTE ready.

      Oh, this is fun.. :)

      • mesmorino

        Don't forget the 2hr battery life!

        • Matt

          Come on, man, Nexus battery life is fantastic! I've followed all the XDA tips and I now have syncing off, GPS off, phone reception off, push notifications off, brightness so low I can't see the screen in anything other than bat cave-level darkness, and only 4 apps installed. Now my battery lasts 20 hours!...If I don't touch the screen.

          • http://www.ellianth.com Ellianth

            Hmm... i did all that and only get 17 hours. I think you're adding hours to make your phone seem better. -_-

          • Noel

            So i take it u didn't get his sarcasm. Read it again, i find it hilarious but it also drives a key point on Nexus device weakness. I will add camera and storage capacity as weakness, but i still love my Nexus devices...maybe it is a stock Android and timely update thing.

          • Matt

            Nah, he was just layering on more sarcasm:P

          • odemata

            With all of those stuff off, then its not much of a smartphone. That is why I love my Note 2. Size was a hurdle at first but not the battery life. Simple wonderful. If the next Nexus doesn't improve on its battery life then it will be another one that i'll skip. Bring on the Note 3.

          • Mike Reid

            sarcasm woosh... :)

          • odemata

            Not sarcasm but a honest observation. I had just about every nexus phone and they all had below standard battery life. Whats the phone of turning off gps, screen brightness, etc when these are part of the phone's experience? I really enjoyed my Note 2 for that and you can ask anyone who has owned one about how great the battery life is. All I ask is for google to insist on improving that with who ever will manufacture the next nexus. That as well further optimizations with the hardware. Makes no sense to see UI lag on a stock device.

          • Noel

            LOL... i hope the good folks at Google are reading this. Might be enuf to give them a kick on the rear, make them demand a RAZR style battery on the next Nexus...at least 3500mAh.

      • Di Lu

        Give me a 64GB version and I will sell this GS4 and buy it in a second.
        Although hopefully the 5" screen size doesn't include the space onscreen button take.

      • Elliot Kotis


        1. 4.7" 1080p LCD (On Par with HTC ONE)

        2. Snapdrahon 800

        3. 3 GB ram, Note 3 will have this and so N5 will be on par.

        4. 4.3 will launch in about half a month to a month with the Nexus 7v2, and November will bring KLP running with N5

        5. 2800 mAh, the sgs4 has 2600mAh, and the Nexus 4 was a bit better than SGS3. Or more, due to the amazing screen and powerful CPU (though Snapdragon is the most battery friendly CPU around....apperently. N4 charges like a beast, I have no probs with its BL)

        6. 12MP with the clear pixel technology seen on the Moto X, basically confirmed rumors. (As that is a mid range, it will be slightly higher, and Moto is Google, now)

        7. LTE ready

        8. ONLY ONE VARIANT, google doesn't like have too many

        9. It will be Moto, as Google try to get some defibs on Moto, it will be a big kickstart.

        10. Launching with Hangouts as the SMS/MMS/phone app + also internet calls etc.

        11. Premium feel, not liquid metal, but we can dream.

        12. Ships with a Wireless Charging kit.

        13. Hopefully Google will listen, and give us 16GB, 32GB at launch.

        14. expandable storage, app memory not limited like on the SGS3 (SGS3 had it limited to 2GB).

  • Lupe Fiasco

    I assume some sort of refresh is coming soon. Nexus 4.3 (If you want to call it that persay) Comes shipped with 4.3 and a new 32gb model, and maybe has some bumped up specs that's it. Way to early for the next Nexus to be announced, especially considering that fact that 4.3 hasn't even been released yet.

    • Alex Cruz


  • Phill_S

    May as well throw this out - what are the chances this is the initial stages of launching the Nexus 5 (or whatever it is called)?

    Optimus G2 leaks are starting to come pretty thick now with the launch inevitably round the corner, so perhaps the N5 based on it will follow soon after with retailers running through what stock they have left.

    Part of the reason Google could sell the N4 so cheaply was the way they were using basically the same production runs as the Optimus G, so with LG winding down production on that and ramping up new lines for its G2 launch there is a lot of business sense in Google following half a step behind with the N5.

  • jaduncan

    Replacement in the channel with the Moto X?

    • Matt

      Lol doubt it. If the Google Edition phones are to Nexus phones as tangerines are to oranges, then Moto X might as well be a banana. There's no way that Moto X would take the place of the Nexus 4 in the Google Play Store.

      • http://www.farden.cz Adam Farden

        it's cool, the simile works :)

      • Noel

        It is possible the mid-range Moto X could place hold the N4's spot at the play store till the N5 come to town. For some reason i am getting more and more excited about the Sony Honami as a Nexus possibility or GPe device. I hope it is <135mm tall.

        • Matt

          I don't think Google would replace a Nexus device with one that's clearly not. I could possibly imagine them adding a Moto X to the Play Store if it's close enough to stock, but I really don't see them removing the Nexus phone from Play before the next one comes out. Of course, there's always a possibility.

          • Noel

            True that...i am getting tired of my N4 with its so so battery and occasional over heating. Besides that it is a good device...but i am ready for the N5.

  • david coffey

    I would love to see google buck the trend of 5 inch screens. Keep it below 5. Shit, shrink it down to 4.5. Bigger screen isn't always better.

    • Sean Lumly

      Some say the same thing about man-parts. But they're wrong... :P

    • Sven Joy

      7,3" NEXUS PHONE

    • CA719

      and here I am wanting a phablet Nexus device. If it weren't for TouchWiz, I'd be all over the Note 2

      • j.stylin

        Dude, ROMs. AOKP is stable as a rock and it keeps most of the S-Pen functionality (anything lost can be found via 3rd party apps), which is basically the only reason to use touchwiz. I call my note 2 the Nexus Note, stock on this phone is awesome.

        • flosserelli

          Jelly Beans Rom + Nova Launcher ftw. Amazing battery life without the TW lag.

    • moelsen8

      Yeah seriously. The gnex had the perfect screen size. I love my n4 but its too damn wide.

    • Zach Mauch

      I think the current tend at Samsung and HTC is perfect. A 5 in her, a 4 in her, and a 6 in her is the perfect range. Something for everyone. I would love for the nexus to go that route.

      • Noel

        A Nexus with a 5'' screen will be widely accepted if it comes in a compact form factor as compact like that of the Xperia ZL which is just 131.6mm tall or maybe 2 to 3mm more in ht. So if the N5 comes with a 5'' screen and is less than 135mm tall (which is about the size of the current N4) it will be perfect. It is amazing how Sony fit a 5'' screen on a device that tall. If my fav HTC is not tapped as the next Nexus OEM, i will really like to see Sony instead of LG as OEM of the N5. Can the Sony Honami be the next Nexus or a sibling device??? Hmmm looking very plausible, especially with that massive camera...i recall reading someone from Google promising a more improved cam on the next Nexus.

  • Ivan Myring

    Yeah, but they barely sold any, and they sell them for nearly £400, £120 more than Google.
    Also didn't they do this before? Or I'm I getting confused with another retailer?

    • OSagnostic

      I think you are right. Now that Play Store supply problems are sorted, why would they bother stocking a phone that does not sell.

  • Mystery Man

    I hate nexus 4 battery life. But then it got stolen so whatever

  • The_Chlero

    This is Hyperconsumerism and Planned obsolescence at their best. Telling people that a 8-month old smartphone is "getting on on toward late middle age now" is pretty lame and disposable-item oriented.

    • julian

      No, it just means a new model may be near. The Nexus 4 is still an amazing phone which can definitely compare to even models that still aren't here. It has nothing to do with obsolescence and only insecure people would fall for such tactics anyway. Nobody is even implying this phone may be obsolete any time sson.

    • FrillArtist

      Exactly. I don't understand these bloggers sometimes. After the Nexus supply fiasco, I and many others just got it in February or March and some in April. That's about 3 to 5 months since then. I didn't know that 5 months is almost "late middle age". Whatever such an obscure term means.

  • io53

    It was one hell of a ride. Now please release N5 worldwide.

  • Steve

    Seeing these guys are usually the ones to move because of Google's devices before any other retailer, it's pretty clear to speculate that these guys made a glitch or something else is coming to us.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108482452903817442299/posts Andrew Bone

    Wish List;
    - 4g
    - 1080p screen
    - 4.3"
    - massive battery
    - still thin
    - metal not glass

    • Di Lu

      Same Wishlist as you except 5.3" instead of 4.3", plus 64gb storage option for my media library.

  • SKC_777

    I work at Carphone Warehouse. We are still selling the Nexus 4. In fact, last week we had our monthly poster change and we had a brand new Nexus 4 poster put up on our LG display bay, it's also advertised in the July buyers guide that just came out.

    With regards to them removing it from the site, it's probably because stock is quite low. However, a number of stores do still have the stock. Possible that we may not be getting any more stock after this lot sells out, though. Especially given that Google Play tends to have consistent stock these days.