"Google is preparing to drop its Nexus devices in favor of Google Play Edition smartphones and tablets in 2015, according to Russian tipster Eldar Murtazin. It’s thought third-party manufacturers don’t like competing with Nexus price tags, which could also be hurting sales of Google’s Motorola handsets.
Nexus devices have become increasingly popular in recent years for a number of reasons; not only do they have decent, high-end specifications, but they also run stock Android free from third-party tweaks, and they’re very reasonably priced.
The Nexus 5, for instance, starts at just $349, and for that you get a 5-inch 1080p display, a 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization. The Samsung Galaxy S4, on the other hand, has pretty much the same display, the same 16GB of internal storage, and a slightly lesser processor — yet it costs $300 more at $649.
Of course, most people looking for a stock Android experience are going to choose the Nexus 5 over the Galaxy S4 and save themselves a small fortune.
KnowYourMobile suggests Google may be looking to discontinue its Nexus lineup to keep Samsung — and other manufacturers of Google Play Edition devices — happy, and onboard with the Google Play Edition program. The move could also encourage budget-conscious consumers to pick up one of Motorola’s more affordable devices instead."