Google stopped making the Pixel 5 before the launch of the Pixel 6
Google stopped making the Pixel 5 before the launch of the Pixel 6

In announcing the new Pixel phone this week, Google hinted at the end of two other Pixel devices, the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5.

Both are currently listed as out of stock on the company's online store and other retailers' stocks may not last long.

The situation with Pixel phones is a bit strange this year as the Pixel 6 has technically been officially launched. But still two months after the official release.

Older models are usually only discontinued with the advent of the next generation. As a result, the Pixel 5, which was discontinued in August before the Pixel 6 was released in October, was much earlier than expected.

A company spokesperson said: "Based on our current expectations, we assume that in the coming weeks after the Pixel 5a 5G rolls out in our US stores, the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 will be delivered via select partners while stocks remain sufficient."

Not surprisingly, production of the Pixel 4a 5G has been discontinued. Looking at the Pixel 5a 5G, it appears to be a very direct successor.

However, it is unusual for the Pixel 5 to be discontinued long before the Pixel 6 arrives in the fall.

This may be because the Pixel 5 is more similar to the budget A-series phones than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro phones.

Google stopped making the Pixel 5 before the launch of the Pixel 6

The search giant appears to be removing any hardware that could interfere with the Pixel 6 series, positioning the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro as real major competitors to Apple and Samsung devices.

While the Pixel 5 offers stage features like wireless charging and a powerful IP68 seal that the A series doesn't, the device isn't really designed to compete with the iPhone 12 Pro and Galaxy S21.

Perhaps this is the company's new version of its hardware, as sales of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL ceased within a year of their launch.

But the Pixel 4A, which supports LTE, is still on offer. Given its $349 price tag, that's a steal.

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