A newly leaked document shows the new Google Nexus 5 currently targeted for an October release.
An October release would out the Nexus 5 launch one year behind the LG Nexus 4 launch and allow the company optimal time to develop a new handset and promote it while selling off as many units as possible.
According to the International Business Times, the year-long delay between models is an industry standard that LG often adheres to and will allow the company to “maximize profits of the handset and to allow retailers to exhaust their stocks.”
This makes sense with the current unavailability of the LG Nexus 4 from Google’s own Play Store – different retailers and brick-and-mortar carrier stores still have models.
Google ran out of its stock once it cut $100 off a new device with no new contract required on the carrier side.
The current contract-free costs of the models are $200 for the 8 GB flavor and $250 for the 16 GB option.
One Trusted DissenterLaptopMag was able to secure a very significant link between the Nexus 5 and a fourth-quarter release date: Wimberly Taylor.
Taylor is the former owner of the AndroidandMe site and has a history of getting scoops on Android devices and features. Most recently, Wimberly was able to get ahold of a photo of the Moto X – the first flagship smartphone from Motorola after its acquisition by Google – before it made its debut.
Wimberly says he has confirmation that the next Nexus smartphone will be released in Q4, though it may come from the likes of Motorola and not LG.
Unconfirmed ConfirmationsThe website “The Nexus 5” claims to have an” internal source close to the company (Google)” that says the smartphone is ready to be released at any point but that Google is positioning its launch for the last week in October.
The executive told the site that the current plan is for the end of October with the KitKat operating system and an overall cost of $299, though unspecified it is likely the cost with a new two-year contract.
On the other hand, the Korean news site Daum says the Nexus 5 will be available on October 5 and cites a high-level source, according to a translation from BGR. Unfortunately for that site, October 5 is a Saturday and these industry unveilings tend to happen early in the week, such as Apple’s latest iPhone announcement on Tuesday September 10.LG-D820 Filings Rocketing up the rumor mill charts is a recent FCC filing for the LG-D820 first noticed in early September. The filing speaks of a new Android smartphone that has Qi wireless charging capabilities, a Snapdragon 800 chipset, and a 5-inch display, all major rumors for the Nexus 5. A related Bluetooth SIG filing also indicates support for LTE networks and the new Bluetooth 4.0 and notes the same processor and other specifications.
The SEC filing also hints at an October release, according to KnowYourMobile.
The confusion here is if the models refer to the next Nexus line or the other rumored LG G2. The filing may lean toward the Nexus 5 since it has been rumored as the first smartphone to use the next version of Android: KitKat.
This isn’t quite clear since the filing refers to the software version as “KyeLimePie” which is potentially a reference to the prior rumored name for the new operating system “Key Lime Pie” – it’s unclear if the branding is just hanging on and if the “Kye” is simple a typo or some sort of differentiation.
Proof of Existence, ReadinessSooner release dates seem to have gotten a big boost thanks to a Google screw-up: the announcement of Android KitKat featured the image of a brand new Nexus device that no one can buy.
Not only was the device seen in the flesh, but it was seen in the hands of an employee taking a photo. This means the fully-branded device has carrier support and can interact with normal functions and systems.
Also building to the device’s credibility was the large LG logo placed at the back of the device.
The snafu, first noticed by The Verge, made the rounds quickly before Google completely pulled the video down. The news outlet has an archived video available that clearly shows a never-before-seen device.
To give the Nexus 5 possibility even more credibility, LG responded to the video by simply telling the news organization that “we have nothing official to announce at this time” and provided no direct comment about the video. The comment has been taken to mean both that LG plans to announce something soon and that The Verge wasn’t far from the mark with its Nexus 5 guess.
Well: What do you all think? Is the buzz legit, or is Google blowing smoke up our USB ports to hype a later release?>