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Google Nexus 5 rumours build as retailers drop Nexus 4

Here's one for the Friday afternoon rumor files—a pair of retailers in the U.K. have reportedly pulled Google's Nexus 4 $351.95 at Amazon from their shelves in anticipation of a newer version of the smartphone arriving at next week's Google I/O show.

Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U "have stopped selling the Nexus 4" ahead of Google's annual developer conference, according to Android Headlines. The tech blog speculated that rumors of the pending arrival of a "Nexus 5" or possibly just an updated Nexus 4 with LTE may have spurred the move on the part of the U.K.-based retailers.

Meanwhile, CNET on Friday also took a stroll around the Web looking for Nexus 4 availability and got "a mysterious 'Page Not Found' error" on Best Buy's landing page for Google's phone.

That may have been a temporary glitch, however. When PCMag searched later in the day, we had no trouble loading a page which offered the $199 T-Mobile version of the Nexus 4.

T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier selling the Nexus 4, so we called around to a couple of T-Mobile stores in San Francisco to see if it was available. Turns out it is, according to the store reps. You can also purchase an unlocked version of the LG-manufactured phone directly from Google —as far as we can tell, that purchase path is also still very much open.

It does seem odd that a retailer would pull a phone simply because a newer version might be coming out fairly soon—why forfeit a couple extra weeks of sales for no good reason? The point is, it's pretty unclear why Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U have stopped selling the Nexus 4, if they indeed have stopped.

One thing that isn't odd is that new rumors about what's in store at Google I/0 keep cropping up. Also on Friday, the rumor mill tipped the appearance of an updated version of the Nexus 7 tablet and Google Wallet at the conference.