Some of the UK’s largest retailers have withdrawn the existing version of the Google Nexus 4 from sale, adding heft to speculation that a new addition to the Nexus smartphone range will debut this week at Google’s I/O event.

Fansite Android Headlines noticed that Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4U have pulled the Nexus 4 from their websites, ahead of the developers’ conference that’s set to start on May 15th.

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The reason for this has yet to be confirmed. However, it’s possible that both companies have been running down stock of the handset in the knowledge that a new model was imminent and have now sold out.

Meanwhile, PC Mag has remarked that US retail giant BestBuy has also pulled the current-gen Nexus kit from its home page, presumably also armed with the gen that it will be superseded in a matter of days.

Signs that something is afoot on retailers’ websites come amid rumours that Google could debut a 4G-toting version of the Nexus 4, which sites have unofficially termed the Nexus 4S, this week.

It’s also been predicted that the search giant may use the showcase to reveal an entirely new fifth-generation Nexus phone, possibly running a new version of Android Jelly Bean. Dubbed the Nexus 5, again very unofficially, this is thought to have been manufactured by LG on Google’s behalf.


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By Jonathan Leggett