Google says goodbye to great hardware, Uber wants women, and the £8,000 Apple Watch gets some much needed ribbing. All this and more on today's BitStream.
The fate of the Nexus 5, Google's ultra-cheap smartphone, has been up in the air the last few months. Outlets prematurely reported its demise as Google soon filled the app store with more. But long bouts of "out of stock" notices and the release of the new Nexus 6 bode ill for the 5's future. Now, that's come to an end. A Google spokesperson tells us that "while some inventory of Nexus 5 still exists (with our retail and carrier partners), our focus is on the Nexus 6 at this time". So pack it up Nexus 5, you had a good run. You taught us all that a great smartphone can also be affordable.
Despite ditching one of its best handsets, Google did mix up some of its commerce options, opening the first brick-and-mortar Google Store in the UK along with a new online shopping portal for devices. [Google Store]
Hopped in an Uber lately? You've probably noticed that your driver is male. Like...always. Now Uber wants to change things and hopes to enlist one million women drivers in five years. [Reuters]
Apps and Devices
The second gen Moto G is finally getting some much needed LTE in more markets. [Motorola]
Sony's upcoming Z4 leaks (kind of) with pictures of the phone's supposed housing. The biggest disappointment? Sony might be ditch waterproofing. [Future Supplier]
Cyanogen may be beginning its secession from Google by replacing the standard Android mail app with one of its own creation. [Trusted Reviews]
"The best $10,000 you'll ever spend...until two years from now when you'll need to buy another one." Reasons to spend £8,000 on a Watch.