Nexus 5 Guide
Nexus 5 Availability
The Nexus 5 launched on the Google Play Store on October 31st, 2013. It is currently available in Black and White colors, with 16GB and 32GB storage options for $349 / $399 respectively.
The Nexus 5 will be able to be purchased on contract through Sprint for $149.99 on November 8th, 2013 with a new line of service or qualified upgrade and 2 year service agreement. Sprint has also confirmed that you can purchase a Nexus 5 through the Play Store with no contract and they will still activate it on their network!
T-Mobile, Best Buy, Amazon, and RadioShack will also be carrying the Nexus 5 at later dates.
Nexus 5 Technical Specifications
Thanks to FCC filings, which are required for any device that uses wireless spectrum to operate (which is pretty much any cell phone), the specs for the Nexus 5 have been published ahead of its launch.
- Display: ~4.95" 1080p IPS Display
- Storage: 16GB or 32GB onboard with MicroSD slot
- RAM: 2GB
- Processor: 2.3GHz
- Chipset: MSM8974 Snapdragon 800
- Camera: 8MP OIS Rear, 1.3MP Front
- Battery Capacity: 2,300mAh non-removeable
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity, Pressure, Ambient, Gyroscope
- SIM Card: Micro SIM
- Port: Micro USB / Slimport
- Wireless Capabilities: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, Qi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Cellular Capabilities: UMTS, GSM, CDMA, LTE
2.3GHz Snapdragon 800
1.3GHz A7 64-bit
Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.7GHz
Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz
4.96" 1080x1920 Screen
4.0" 640x1136 Screen
4.7" 720x1280 Screen
4.7" 768x1280 Screen
Nexus 5 Listing on Play Store
Release Date / Pricing
While an official word of release date has yet to be seen, the Nexus 5 made a brief appearance on the Google Play Store, which is where the Nexus devices are typically sold directly by Google. The price was listed as being $349 for the 16GB variant, which matches the price of the 16GB Nexus 4 from last year.
The Nexus 5 is not believed to become available with an 8GB variant, however, so $349 is the introductory price according the brief listing on the Google Play Store.
According to some leaks, there appears to also be a White variant of the Nexus 5 in the works, but no concrete evidence has leaked out and all of the information gathered stems from the leak on the actual Play Store, pictured to the right.
Nexus 5 Hardware Features
While Android 4.4 brings some interesting new software features to the Nexus 5 and other devices in general, the Nexus 5 has a lot of hardware features of its own that will differentiate itself from the competition.
Always Listening - The Nexus 5 is always listening, and by simply saying "OK, Google" you will put it into voice command mode and it's ready to follow your commands without so much as laying a finger on the device.
OIS Camera - What this basically does is stabilize images when you take pictures much more quickly than most cameras out today. This allows much faster photo-taking with minimal blur. OIS stands for optical image stabilization, which is much better and more reliable than digital image stabilization which leans on software algorithms to carry out the stabilization tasks.
Wireless Charging - According to FCC documentation and pictures, the Nexus 5 has a magnetic coil installed at the rear of the device that will allow it to be charged by one of several Qi-enabled chargers already available on the market, just like its predecessor Nexus 4.
LTE 4G - Something missing from the Nexus 4, the Nexus 5 will support 4G LTE for much faster data transfer speeds.
Android KitKat Sponsorship
Android 4.4 UI
Android 4.4 (aka KitKat, aka Key Lime Pie)
Early in the development cycle of the next iteration of the Android OS, Key Lime Pie was see in very early builds which followed the naming pattern set forth by the company which sees alphabetical releases based on desserts (Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean). Somewhere along the way, Nestle became involved and entered into a sponsored marketing campaign with Google, and it worked out quite well considering KitKat also begins with 'K.'
Google went on to introduce the KitKat Android on their campus yard, and Nestle went on to create specially marked packages of KitKat bars with codes that can be redeemed for Play Store credits or even a new Nexus 7 device.
Android 4.4 is not expected to be a very major release with huge changes, but a lot of minor changes have been spotted which do result in a different name. For example, the revisions between Android 4.2 and 4.3 were so minor that the OS codename remained Jelly Bean. This will not be the case with Android 4.4.
One of the most noticeable changes with Android 4.4 is the UI going to a grayish UI color, eliminating the light blue color introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich and Honeycomb with the Holo interface. The launcher application also appears to be called Google Experience now, but it seems to be a change in name alone with only minor differences. One of those differences is the elimination of the black background in the App Drawer, and instead a user-selected wallpaper.
Google also appears to be launching a Google Play Newsstand of their own, to match Apple's iOS Newsstand which first became available on their iPad tablets.
Google also appears to be revamping how SMS text messages are handled, with only one app being able to handle all of a device's text messages. This is to prevent other apps from sending fraudulent or spammy text messages on their own. Google is also believed to be introducing SMS capability into their Hangouts app.
For a full list of Android 4.4 KitKat features, check out Google's official site here.
Nexus 5 (Android 4.4) Walkthrough
Nexus 5 Cases & Accessories
There are several Nexus 5 Cases currently available for order and pre-order from various case makers including SPIGEN, Poetic, i-Blason, and Hyperion.
When the Nexus 5 launches, there will be many more cases available, presumably from big manufacturers like Ballistic, OtterBox, and Seidio.
Here is a complete listing of all the Nexus 5 Cases currently available and is also updated daily: