LG Won’t Make Another Nexus Phone This Year

LG and Google have made a great team in recent years, together developing a number of phones as part of Google’s Nexus range that provided high-quality devices at a budget-friendly price point. If anyone was hoping for another new Nexus phone from LG this year, though, they’ll be sorely disappointed as an LG spokesperson revealed to CNET at Mobile World Congress that they won’t be developing a successor to the Nexus 5X and that “LG needs to focus on its own brand.”

While LG has really put themselves in the smartphone game with the successes of the Nexus 4, 5 and 5X, the move away from Nexus this year makes sense for the company. Their brand-new device, the LG G5 is just on the horizon and set to go head-to-head with the Samsung S7 and other flagship phones due out in 2016. This means that while LG still maintains that they are “totally happy” with their relationship with Google and work on Nexus phones, the resources to fuel both the G5 to its fullest potential and develop a brand new Nexus device simply don’t exist. Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins.

Making Nexus devices just doesn’t bring in the money and brand recognition that can be found in releasing higher budget flagship devices, with the Google brand taking most of the recognition and the devices selling with relatively small profit margins. Hopefully, LG will continue to work on Nexus devices beyond the immediate future, however, as I am sure myself and many others would be saddened to see such solid budget devices from LG disappear.

More Pictures Surface for 2015 Nexus 5

While got our first glimpse of Google’s new Nexus 5 last month, we’re now getting some better quality leaks. With a launch set rumoured to be later this month, we should expect even more leaks for the Nexus 5 and the rest of Google’s new Nexus lineup.

Just like the previous image, the new one shows off the distinctive camera bulge. We also get a better view of the dual-LED flash and laser range finder. While the Nexus 5 camera eventually got pretty decent, the new module looks to be a nice improvement with the numerous improvements.

Also on the back we can see the new ring for the fingerprint sensor. With the arrival of Android 6.0 Marshmellow, we should be seeing increased support for biometrics. Near the bottom edge, you can find the headphone jack which has been moved compared to the old Nexus 5.

The Nexus 5 is set to arrive with a Snapdragon 808 SoC, 3GB of ram, Adreno 418 GPU and a 2700mAh battery all powering a 5.2″ 1080p display. We should expect a launch along with the release of Android 6.0 and the new Huawei Nexus as well. Overall, the new Nexus 5 should be a worthy successor to its popular namesake.

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New Nexus 5 by LG Specifications Leaked

Coming just 2 weeks after the rumoured Nexus 5 was pictured, we’re now receiving more information about the internal of the new device. First off the most important factor, pricing should be better than the Nexus 6. That is because there is a new Nexus 6 that is also expected with flagship pricing, putting the new Nexus 5 at sub-flagship pricing. Whether or not that means about $500 pricing or something even lower remains to be seen.

Starting off, we have the Snapdragon 808 powering the phone, which is not that great a surprise. The 808 uses 2 high-speed A57 cores paired with 4 slower A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration and largely avoids the throttling experienced by the 810. With only two of the power hungry A57 cores, the 808 will deliver the higher IPC of the larger cores and reduces power consumption as the extra 2 A57 cores of the 810 are largely unused for now. This is backed by 3GB of ram which should help multitasking.

On the graphics side, the Adreno 418 should offer a bit better performance compared to the Adreno 330 found in the Nexus 5 and the Adreno 420 in the Nexus 6. This will be paired with a 5.2″ 1080p screen which should allow for better graphics performance compared to the Nexus 6 which had to drive a larger 1440p display. With a larger 2700mAh battery compared to the original Nexus 5, and a lower 20nm process node, battery life should be significantly improved.

For snapping pics, the shooter is upgraded to 12MP for the rear and 5MP for the front which should be a nice upgrade. Charging is done via the new USB type-C port though whether or not it supports USB 3 remains to be seen. Storage is still capped at 32GB which can be limiting given no microSD slot is expected. There was no information given about the finger print sensor pictured in earlier leaks. We will probably get more information as the Nexus 5 nears launch later this year so stay tuned!

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The Nexus 5 2015 Finally Pictured in the Wild

There has been a great deal of speculation surrounding the latest batch of Nexus handsets and early rumours indicate the production of two new models. Allegedly, Huawei is working on the larger 5.7-inch device while LG manufacturers a 5.2-inch version. Thankfully, we now have some credible evidence in the form of a user-picture showing an early sample of the 5.2-inch SKU.

The leaked photograph, provided by Marques Brownlee on Twitter, includes a small white label which appears to contain an LG logo. Additionally, the back is manufactured from Polycarbonate, uses a laser autofocus mechanism and doesn’t feature a rear speaker. The image appears to be genuine and resembles renders leaked last week. As you can see, there is a fingerprint scanner below the dual flash camera which has been reported on for some time. Currently, there’s no trustworthy sources outlining the handset’s specifications but this should be revealed fairly soon as more leaks emerge. In terms of availability, the LG unit is estimated to arrive during the fall of this year. Although, this is only a rough guess and could be wildly off the mark.

The original Nexus 5 sold incredibly well and was a great choice for consumers looking for a reasonably priced, high-specification device. Its successor is shaping up quite nicely but has tough competition in markets like China which contain a host of powerful, low-cost Android handsets.

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Google Stops Selling Nexus 5 Smartphone

Google’s 2014 flagship Android smartphone, the Nexus 5, has been removed from Google’s online store. The handset, heralded by many as one of the finest Android devices on the market, has been pulled to make space for the upcoming Nexus 6.

The move confirms rumours that emerged last year that Google had ceased production on the phone and that, once the remaining stocks were purchased, it would be “gone”. Google denied the report, saying that “continue to be available for sale on Google Play and through select retailers in Q1 2015.” As it turns out, both statements were true.

According to a Google spokesperson, “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, the smartphone is still on sale through other retailers and phone networks, but Google’s retirement of the Nexus 5 signals its death knell.

Source: The Verge

Google Is Planning to Release Two New Nexus Smartphones

There is a rumour that Google is planning to release two new Nexus smartphones later this year. More surprising is the fact that the company giant might be working with LG and Huawei, which is an interesting choice of partners.

Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, which is also on the rise in terms of popularity around the world. It would make sense for Google to work with Huawei in order to target the rapidly evolving smartphone market in China through one of the most popular brands of smartphones on the Chinese market. Also, by working with LG, Google can easily target a vast consumer market outside China.

The smartphones would most probably be showcased at the Google I/O 2015 event, where Huawei will most likely show how a smartphone can properly make use of the Android 6.0 OS alongside LG and its variant of the handset.

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Google Ceases Production of the Nexus 5

Google has reportedly ceased production of its Nexus 5 smartphone, which is being replaced by the bigger and better Nexus 6 which was released just a couple of months ago now, featuring Android 5.0 Lollipop.

The company has been slowly pulling the red and white coloured versions of its Nexus 5 handset from the Google Play Store, which has led to the final chapter: the Nexus 5 is no more. There are many retailers who still possess the Nexus 5 smartphone, but the handset has disappeared from the Google Play Store, which means in the coming months, the Nexus 5 will be gone forever. Boo.

Source: JBGNews.com

Android 4.4.2 Already Rolling Out For All Nexus Devices

The Android 4.4.1 update began just last week, but it looks like a new hotfix is already arriving as version 4.4.2. Users have reportedly started receiving an update for their Nexus devices in the last hour. It has been spotted so far on the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 in the near future, according to an article from Android Police.

It seems that updates are on a roll as of late. Given the recent releases have a lot of major bugs in them, for example the newly released Nokia Lumia 2520 and its Sleep Mode issue, it does not come as a surprise for developers to release updates in such a short time. The real question here is why do they release hardware or software that is not yet ready for the market? That’s a really good question indeed.

Nonetheless, the 4.4.2 comes as a surprise to most people, therefore details about it are scarce. Android Police came across a few vague insights of what the update might contain, which are listed below. For now, Nexus users should just wait and see for themselves what the new update brings to their devices.

Enhancements/Fixes

  • Fix for clearing the VM Indicator
  • Fix for delivery of the VM Indicator
  • Various additional software fixes
  • Security enhancements

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Android 4.4.1 Will Reportedly Fix Nexus 5 Camera

Nexus 5 users should be pleased to hear that Android 4.4.1 update should be rolling out shortly and that in addition to speeding up focusing, it will add faster white balancing, less shutter lag, and the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode. The company also shared a handful of photos showing the difference between normal mode and HDR+ following the update.

Dave Burke, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android, confirmed the news about the camera problems users have been encountering and that the Nexus 5 takes longer to focus than it should. In an effort to produce a higher-quality image, the team opted to “make the shutter time longer, reduce the gain even longer, and get better shots.” This resulted in slower-than-expected shooting speeds, a drawback the next version of Android is aimed at fixing.

Besides the framerate increase, the Nexus 5 will have a speed-up between capturing pictures, reducing the time gap by 1 second. There will also be a progress indicator in the HDR+ mode that makes the mode easier to manage. The update should also fix the Nexus 5’s face unlock bug, where relying on facial recognition to unlock the device would occasionally ruin the camera app until the entire phone was rebooted.

The camera on the Nexus 5 is superb as it is, however the drawbacks have kept it from being the perfect picture-taking gadget. With the new update, owners should soon be able to whip out the handset with more confidence.

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LG D830 And Samsung SM-N7505 Leak Online

As it happens, @evleaks came across two unannounced LG and Samsung handset, and asked on Twitter in two status updates what the LG D830 and the Samsung SM-N7505 are, adding that the Nexus 5 has two versions, the D820 and D821, whilst the Galaxy Note 3 has model number SM-N900x.

LG’s website was the source of discovery for the LG D830 and the model number is awfully similar to the Nexus 5’s model numbers. The LG D830 appears to have a Full HD display boasting a 1920 x 1080 resolution and will have LTE support.

The Samsung SM-N7505 device has been spotted on Zauba, which has been the source of similar leaks in the past concerning the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Given the information provided, it looks like the screen size for the SM-N7505 will be in the 5.5 and 5.7 inches range and has been shipped “for testing and evaluation and not for retail sale.”

There are no images available for either device at the moment and no official statements have been made on this matter. We will just have to wait and see what else will be unveiled next.

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Qualcomm QFE1100 Envelope Tracking Chip To Improve Nexus 5 Battery Life

According to latest news, Qualcomm has revealed that the new Google Nexus 5 not only features the company’s fastest mobile processor, the Snapdragon 800 SoC, but also features a certain Qualcomm QFE1100 envelope tracking chipset, which is a front-end for OEMs to design global 4G LTE compatible devices, like the Nexus 5. This isn’t the first time that the QFE1100 is being used in a Smartphone. Samsung was first to the finish line with the Galaxy Note 3, launched nearly two months ago.

“The Nexus 5 also utilizes the Qualcomm QFE1100 feature, an important component of the upcoming Qualcomm RF360 Front End, a comprehensive, system-level solution that allows OEMs to develop a single, global 4G LTE design.”

Qualcomm states that the new chipset offers 30% lesser heat and 20% decreased power consumption. Thanks to the improvements made by the chip designer, the Nexus 5 will last longer while being used over 3G/4G networks than any other device with a similar battery capacity and internal specifications.

“The QFE1100 feature is the world’s first envelope tracking (ET) technology for 3G/4G LTE devices and offers significant performance improvements, including reduced heat by up to 30%t and decreased power consumption by up to 20%, enabling thinner form factors with longer battery life.”

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Nexus 5 To Require Software Update During Setup

Having a look at the internal document from LG, who are manufacturing the Nexus 5, a software update will be required to run the device after you take it out of the box. This will be installed during the set-up procedure and you will not be able to complete the set-up and use the phone without this update.

It would seem that Google finalised the hardware and initial manufacturing runs of the Nexus 5 some time ago in order to avoid the shortfall in stock that plagued the launch of the Nexus 4 last year. Due to this, the current first batches are not installed with the final Android 4.4 KitKat release. You will not be able to skip through the set-up process without having first connected to either a data / Wi-Fi connection and installed this update.

Also be aware that the update will be around 374.5MB. The final download size however will be smaller, depending on region and software pre-installed on the handset. Clove UK stock for example had a download size of 139.3 MB.

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Nexus 4 No Longer Available On Google Play

With the arrival of the Google Nexus 5 yesterday, it appears that the Nexus 4 handset has disappeared from the Google Play store. Having cut the price down to $199 for the basic model with the arrival date getting closer for the Google Nexus 5, the time has come and the Nexus 4 has been discontinued. Phone Arena has checked the U.S., U.K., German and French Play stores to confirm and all of them list the devices as ‘no longer available for sale.’

This does not come as a surprise given the fact that this has also happened with the Nexus 7 – 2013 Edition at launch, as the tablet replaced the 2012 edition. You can still find Google’s last year’s 7-incher at third-party retailers that still have stock, but the official Google Play store is not selling the device. The same story repeats itself with the Nexus 5 and 4. You’d probably still be able to find the Nexus 4 at third-party retailers, but not on Google Play and that means you probably won’t be able to capitalize on that alluring $199 sale offer.

What we can see here is a continuous pattern and we would expect the same thing to happen for future Google devices sold on the Play store. As soon as the new one appears, expect the old one to be discontinued.

Thank you Phone Arena for providing us with this information.

Google Says Nexus 5 Will Not Come To Verizon

Google made a statement recently to the Verge which suggests that Verizon will not be offering the Google Nexus 5 handset.

Google’s senior VP of Android Sundar Pichai stated clearly and simply that “the Nexus 5 will not be on Verizon” without any explanation of why this will be the case. The announcement is strange given that the Nexus 5 will run on all rival carriers: Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T in the USA, but apparently the lack of support can be put down to the Nexus 5 not supporting the LTE Band 13 required for use on Verizon’s network. However, the device does still support GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100, HSDPA 900 / 2100 and most other LTE bands so it will work on the vast majority of networks.

It isn’t exactly surprising news as in the past Google and Verizon haven’t worked well together. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus took so long to come to market, due to Verizon’s long software review process, that it was almost out-dated and second class by the time it was ready, while the Nexus 4 didn’t support Verizon’s LTE so it meant Verizon couldn’t offer the phone to its customers. Google and Verizon also had a little scuff over the new Nexus 7 2013 Edition tablet where Google showed it operating on the Verizon network despite Verizon claiming it wasn’t supported. Verizon then changed its message saying it would support the device “soon” but has stayed quiet on the topic since.

It isn’t all bad news for Verizon customers though, as Google and Verizon are working together “on a set of projects for 2014” according to Sundar Pichai.

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Google Announces New Wireless Charging Pad With Support For Nexus 5 and Nexus 7

Google announced a new charging pad which is supposed to go on sale in the Play Store today. I was previously seen with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 last year, but it appears to have been delayed up until now.

Google’s new wireless charging pad is officially compatible with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, though as a Qi charger it should also be compatible with devices like the Nexus 4 and even some Nokia devices.
But the new Google wireless charger also features magnets that help devices stick to it, a feature that only works with devices that also have magnets in them. Currently, that’s only the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7.

The new Google Nexus wireless charging pad features a redesigned look and feel that better matches the aesthetic of the Nexus 5. The pad is an upside-down trapezoid, a square that’s wider on top, with a glossy black finish that looks like it might be slippery for devices without magnets in them. Compare it to the Nexus 4’s wireless charger, which resembles a hockey puck with sticky rubber on top.

No pricing has been revealed for Google’s wireless charging pad up until now, but will shortly come on display in the Play Store later on, and those who are interested can keep scouting the Play Store for the wireless charging pad to get full details and pricing.

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Google Nexus 5 Official Promo Video Released

Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5. While we already know much about the phone already, let’s have it once more, this time officially. The LG made Google Nexus 5 features a 4.95-inch Full HD IPS LCD display having a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, which boasts an awesome 445 ppi pixel density. Under the hood, you’ll find Qualcomm’s top-dog, the Snapdragon 800, working at 2.3 GHz. There’s also a quad-core Adreno 330 GPU to power the latest and greatest mobile titles.

LG has put Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 to use, making sure that your display is protected from scratches and the occasional drop to the floor. You get 16 GB or 32 GB flavors with no MicroSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera with OIS, 1.3 MP front facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery which supports wireless charging. Dimensionally, the Nexus 5 is one of the lightest Full HD Smartphones to date. Weighing only 130 grams, the device measures 137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59mm.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQ0XTJqFLIE[/youtube]

Starting tomorrow, the Nexus 5 will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Australia, Japan and Korea. India is one of the emerging markets which will get the new Nexus soon. In terms of the pricing, it will sell at $349 / €349 / £300 for the 16 GB version and $400 /€400 / £340 for the 32 GB variant, on Google Play Store. Amazon, T-Mobile, Sprint, RadioShack and Best Buy will also offer the phone starting November 1.

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Video courtesy of NextPowerUp

Google To Announce Android 4.4 KitKat

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sONcojECWXs[/youtube]

Google released two long-awaited and hotly anticipated products. Already detailed earlier, the Nexus 5 runs on Mountain View company’s latest mobile OS. Android 4.4 KitKat has been in the news for quite some time now. It’s high time we learnt more about it, and officially now.

One of the key features of the new release is optimizations made to the OS, so as to be able to run smoothly on legacy devices with just 512 MB of RAM. Don’t get too excited, your old 2011 Smartphone won’t get the update. The significance of this update is that entry-level devices in the future should have no problem running Android 4.4 smoothly, despite their aging hardware.

Google has brought in a new sensor batching technology that cuts down on power consumption. Wireless printing has found its way into the features list, with support for HP hardware. Android 4.4 KitKat comes with the updated Hangouts app, capable of sending and receiving text messages and placing HD video calls. Google has updated the ‘People’ app, adding more functionality to it. It’s search functionality has been revamped, allowing you to look across multiple accounts with relative ease.

Google Now has also received a massive update, taking advantage of some of the hardware features offered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC. The voice recognition engine has been tuned to be 25% more accurate than before. Also, all those envious of Moto X owners need not be anymore, for the Nexus 5 can also be woken up using just your voice commands.

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Video courtesy of NextPowerUp

Nexus 5 To Launch November 1st In Black And White

According to EVLeaks Google’s Nexus 4 successor, the Nexus 5, will be launching on November 1st. The smartphone will be launched in both white (pictured above) and black (pictured below).

The Nexus 5 is expected to have a 441 PPI 1920 x 1080 5 inch display powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC. This SoC includes the MSM8974 CPU which is a 2.3GHz quad core and there are also Adreno 330 graphics. Storage is provided by either 16 or 32GB of internal memory and 3GB of RAM is also provided.

Pricing reportedly starts from $349 on the Google Play Store which according to my crude exchange rate and tax calculations means the UK should see it from £269.99.

To see more preliminary specifications, check here.

Images courtesy of EVLeaks

New Nexus 5 Press Photos Show Up

EVLeaks have revealed yet another image of the upcoming Google LG Nexus 5 handset. The image doesn’t really reveal anything new to us that we didn’t already know in terms of the design from the last leak but it at least confirms what the Nexus 5 will look like. The Nexus 5 is expected to have a 441 PPI 1920 x 1080 5 inch display powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC. This SoC includes the MSM8974 CPU which is a 2.3GHz quad core and there are also Adreno 330 graphics. Storage options will be either 16GB or 32GB and 3GB of RAM is also provided.

To see more preliminary specifications, check here.

Image courtesy of EVLeaks

Nexus 5 3000 mAh Battery Not Applicable According To New Leak

It appears that today we are having a Nexus 5 leak  frenzy, and here’s another one which puts at least one rumor to rest. As we found in some leaks earlier, Google planned to bring multiple variants of their next-generation Nexus Smartphones with varying battery capacities. The leak appears to have been misleading, so there is no point hoping for a 3000 mAh battery packed in the new handset. The Nexus 5 is confirmed to carry a 2,300 mAh battery unit, which we feel is quite good already. Sure, it doesn’t match up to the Xperia Z1 and LG G2, both of which have 3,000 mAh batteries, but owing to the lack of OEM overlay and extra background apps, we expect the Nexus 5 to come close to the battery life on offer by rivals.

Also, it has been once again confirmed that the Nexus 5 will come in only two variants, 16 GB and 32 GB, without a micro SD card slot as expected. It is good to know that Google isn’t launching an 8 GB variant, as we found that to be completely useless. According to the latest reports, and deductions based on the teaser images being posted by KitKat’s Twitter account, Google will announce Android 4.4 KitKat, and most probably the Nexus 5 alongside it, on October 21st.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of NextPowerUp.

Nexus 5 16GB Listing Appears On Play Store For $349, Removed Quickly

The Verge reports that Google’s Nexus 5 handset popped up on the Google Play Store yesterday for a short period of time. The store listing showed only one model, a 16GB Nexus 5, costing $349. This means it has the same entry pricing as the 16GB Nexus 4 did when it launched for $349 but there was also a $299 8GB Nexus 4 to bring that entry price down a bit for those who didn’t need all that storage.

That said compared to the current offerings $349 is still a very attractive price for a 5 inch 1080p display smartphone with a quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 graphics, 16GB of storage and a whole bunch of other high end features (see detailed specifications here).

Google’s marketing tag line for the Nexus 5 on its Google Play Store was “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways”.

Images courtesy of The Verge

LG Nexus 5 Hands-On Video Shows Up

If you’re eagerly awaiting the new LG Google Nexus 5 smartphone then you’ll be pleased to know a video has just emerged completely showcasing the new handset. We’ll cut to the chase and show you the new video straight away – it can be seen below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ksOJl0PDDg[/youtube]

Smartphones.sfr.fr are the lucky publication who managed to get one of these new handsets in to take a look at. The 7 minute video is likely to be of a LG Google Nexus 5 prototype handset that will closely resemble the final retail version. The video shows that the handset has Android 4.4 KitKat as its main OS. From the video we can see the handset has no microSD card slot but if you are an optimistic person then there is a slim chance one is hidden underneath the removable back cover.

Aside from what the video shows we already know (from the all the current rumours) that the Nexus 5 has a 5 inch 1776×1080 display (taking into account the portion of the display used for the software controls), the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB of internal storage. There is believed to be no micro SD card slot and the handset is apparently set for an October 15th launch. The rear facing camera has 8 megapixels with optical image stabilisation and the battery is expected to be 2300 mAh for the 16GB model and 3000 mAh for the 32GB model. Pricing is rumoured to be $299 for the 16GB variant and $399 for the 32GB variant.

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Nexus 5 Service Manual Has Been Leaked

Numerous articles have been posted which contain bits and pieces of what could Google’s next-generation Nexus, whose name has not yet been decided. Today, a 281 page document which is nothing but the service manual for LG’s upcoming Nexus Smartphone was leaked. Apart from troubleshooting guides and circuit schematics, the service manual holds the complete, confirmed and final specifications for the upcoming Nexus 5.

What we know so far of the next-generation Nexus device from LG is that it includes a 4.95-inch display, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, inductive charging and NFC. This particular model’s LTE bands (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 20) are optimized for Asia and Europe.

Now for the new information leaked. There’s an eight-megapixel camera with OIS on back and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front. Storage is capped at 32GB and the battery tops out at 2300 mAh. The IPS display has a 1080p resolution and screen tethering is supported via Slimport (just like the Nexus 4). While it’s packing the an array of sensors for a phone, gyroscope accelerometer, compass, proximity and light, there’s also one that detects pressure.

Lastly, there’s the obligatory notification light and a Micro SIM slot. For those of you who want to see the full 281 page Service Manual, it can be found here.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information.

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Nexus 5 Rumoured To Be Called Nexus 4 – 2013 Edition

The next generation of Nexus Smartphone by Google, a device which was called the Nexus 5 for a better part of the year now, might actually be named the Nexus 4 2013 edition. Now that we think of it, such a naming scheme is entirely plausible. Take the Nexus 7 for example, with the new model called the 2013 edition. The same rule is expected to be applied on both the Nexus 10 and the Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 – 2013 edition) when either device is launched later this month.

This was pointed out in the leaked images of the so-called Nexus 5 device, which gave us bits and pieces of the Android 4.4 KitKat it was running, but one image in particular was showing the device’s model named as “Nexus 4”. And given the previously mentioned devices which kept the model but with a slight change to the edition, it might be that Google will name their new Smartphone the Nexus 4 2013 and not the Nexus 5, a name that we all used for months now to describe the upcoming Nexus device.

Looking at the Build Number as well, it shows the internal name of the device on which it is installed. Each facility has an internal name:

  • Nexus One: passion
  • Nexus S: frizz
  • Galaxy Nexus: maguro
  • Nexus 4: mako
  • Nexus 4 2013 (Nexus 5): hammerhead?

There is nothing new the name “hammerhead”, which draws the conclusion that it might belong to the Nexus 4 2013 (or Nexus 5 if you prefer it)The information is still vague, but we will soon know all there is to know about the Nexus 4 – 2013 edition (Nexus 5) when it will be released.

Thank you NextPowerUp and TuttoAndroid for providing us with this information.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Running On Nexus 5 Spotted

Screenshots of an Android device taken by Myce have revealed what they claim is proof of the Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat.  In a log file “Android Key Lime Pie” is revealed with corresponding references to the Nexus 5 as the product name. Android Key Lime Piece is another way of referring to Android 4.4 KitKat.

The extensive range of screenshots, of which some of the “more interesting” ones can be seen in this article, show that the next generation Nexus device will  run Google Babel (Hangouts) and Google Authenticator. Additionally other stuff has been revealed like a complete list of Nexus 5 sensors. The Nexus 5 has a Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, Game Rotation Vector, Motion detector and Step detector.

The screenshots also reveal evidence for wireless charging and camera sensor settings. If you want to check out a more detailed analysis of the log files and what they could potentially mean then you can find that here.

Images courtesy of Myce

Google’s Nexus 4 Becoming Sold Out, Will Not Be Restocked

It has been less than a month since Google chopped the price of its Nexus 4 8GB and 16GB handsets down by $100 and already the Google Play Stores in most countries are reporting that the Nexus 4 is sold out. The Verge reports that these Nexus 4 handsets will not be restocked. In the USA both the 8GB and 16GB models of the Nexus have been sold out in a frenzied manner – largely influenced by the price cuts.

It would now seem that these price cuts were part of Google’s plan to clear current inventory of the Nexus 4 handsets in preparation for the launch of the Nexus 5…and what better way to prepare for the launch of the Nexus 5 than by dumping cheap Nexus 4 handsets into the market.

Google is apparently deciding to end production of the Nexus 4 so any remaining stock will no doubt be snapped up at current prices and not replaced. The message is clear – if you want a Nexus 4 then buy now if you can still find stock because that stock won’t last much longer.

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