Nexus 5: Google’s October Surprise

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.

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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 Dissenter

LaptopMag 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 Confirmations

The 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, Readiness

Sooner 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?

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The Nexus 5 Rumor Roundup

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Google’s upcoming Nexus 5 flagship has been gaining steam in the rumor mill ever since the company announced its Android 4.4 KitKat update because the device is supposed to be the first to initially support the new version.

The general consensus is that the Nexus 5 will have LG as its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partner – with some of the device’s specs supposedly based on the upcoming LG G2 – with a release date of early October.

So far, however, there is nothing firm beyond the fact that Google’s PR team and its purposeful leaks have been successfully grabbing headlines for months and may help Google keep Android in the spotlight even as Apple announces new iPhones.

Mystery Date: The Nexus 5 Edition

The most likely date for the release of the Nexus 5 is early October, though some small shops have also provided the end of October as a potential release date.

An early October launch – though probably not the rumored 5th since that is a Saturday – makes sense since Google and its OEM partner would have a full month of press and news cycles before the big Black Friday and Cyber Monday pushes happen in the U.S. this November.

Other rumors and news that support an early October launch include:

  • Google recently dropped the price on its Nexus 4 smartphone. This usually happens around one month before a new model is announced and is a standard practice, boosted by the new iPhone models.
  • Google sells the Nexus 4 directly through its Website and requires users to buy models supported by their carrier (T-Mobile has started to offer them as well) but Google has run out of the smartphone and currently lists it as unavailable. Outlets like The Verge are reporting that Google has no plans to make more handsets available.
  • Android’s KitKat was released in August and the first flagship for each Android OS (said to be the Nexus 5 for KitKat) typically arrives at most two months behind the launch of the OS update. Specs and the FCC Filing

In early September, LG filed with the FCC for a smartphone referred to as the “D820” and lots of reports among the tech blogs point to it as a the Nexus 5.

Specifications from the FCC filing include:

  • Qi wireless charging options;
  • a Snapdragon 800 chipset;
  • a 5-inch display;
  • 131.9mm tall and 68.2mm wide;
  • 7-band LTE support (compatible with at least Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T);
  • Bluetooth 4.0 support;
  • near-field communication support for apps and other accessories;
  • and dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac support for Wi-Fi access.

The FCC filing also appears to show that the smartphone will run a version of Android thanks to a note on the firmware that references “KyeLimePie” – similar to the prior name for Android’s next update of Key Lime Pie. Another item unclear within the filing is if the phone’s screen will support 720p or true 1080p for its HD video support.

Other rumors say that the processor will be an eight-core design that reaches 2.3 GHz, a13 megapixel rear camera, and 3 GB of RAM. With LTE and 4G connectivity appearing to be included, the only other options likely to be available would be hard drive variants, likely 16GB and 32GB models, though International Business Times adds a potential 64GB model into the mix.

Look and Feel

One bit of the Nexus 5 is half rumor half Google-goof. When the company announced its Android KitKat and had an event unveiling a new statue at its headquarters, Google sent out a video of its employees reacting to the new statue.

This video included a man using a never-before-seen Google Nexus device with an LG logo. This has been said to be the Nexus 5 but Google has remained quiet about the possibility. LG would simply say it had “nothing official to announce” on that date, according to The Verge.

Based on this image and the FCC filing, it is expected that the device features a horizontal Nexus logo, a larger camera lens than its predecessors, an LG logo near its base, and a matte finish. The device appears to have a slight slope to it similar to other models and Motorola’s Droid 4.

According to the International Business Times, the image shown in the Google video may be the Nexus 5 because it fits the FCC filing specifications – this would also remove doubt that the “D820” is actually LG’s upcoming G2 because rumors for it are a larger screen and size.

Google has pulled down the video, adding fuel to the fire and making it a safe bet that we just might have seen a sneak peak for the Nexus 5 from LG.

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