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Yes, there is a smaller Lollipop-running Nexus smartphone that you can buy from Google

Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Google on Wednesday announced three new Nexus devices, including a first Nexus phablet, a tablet and a media player, alongside Android 5.0 Lollipop, but the company did not launch a smaller Nexus handset that some fans would have wanted. However, that doesn’t mean that a smaller Nexus version capable of running Lollipop won’t be available from the Google Play Store this year.

FROM EARLIER: Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon to the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices

Instead of launching a smaller 5.2-inch Motorola-made Nexus 6 version as some reports suggested, Google decided not to discontinue the 2013 5-inch Nexus 5 smartphone, which will still be available for purchase from the Google Play Store this year, even though it’s currently listed as out of stock.

On its Nexus pages, the Nexus 5 is listed right alongside the Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, and has its own special presentation page that features new marketing images showing the Nexus 5 running Lollipop. Just like the new Nexus devices, the Nexus 5 has a tagline of its own — “made for what matters.” Thus, it’s likely new Nexus 5 units purchased from Google henceforward will ship with Android 5.0 on board.

In addition to being significantly smaller than the 5.9-inch Motorola Nexus phablet, the Nexus 5 is also a lot cheaper, priced off-contract at $349 for the 16GB version, or $300 cheaper than the 32GB Nexus 6.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.