No Nexus 5 yet, but new rumors continue to fly

Posted: October 25, 2013 by Areeb Fazli in Technology
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We don’t yet have an official Nexus 5 smartphone, but there’s all kinds of new gossip about the next pure Android phone from Google to speculate about.

Tuesday had been one of the most widely circulated potential reveal dates for the Nexus 5, but as I write this it’s past noon on the West Coast and Google is still mum about any new hardware (in truth, if we were going to see something Tuesday, invites or some other event details would have gone out days ago).

Most interesting, but least believable in my mind, is the suggestion that Google plans to introduce not only a Nexus 5 in the coming weeks, but also a new LTE-enabled Nexus 4. According to a Romanian Android blog that I’d never heard of before, the Nexus 5 will launch at $399 for 16GB and $449 for 32GB, and an LTE Nexus 4 will start at $299 for 16GB or $349 for 32GB.

Previously, the price of the Nexus 5 was rumored to be $299. $399 might be a more likely price point, but I do have one question about releasing a Nexus 5 at the same time as a new Nexus 4: why?

Camera:

One of my favourite and most needed thing in any Mobile and if the rumour is true that Nikon team is designing the 16-MP camera of Nexus 5 then there is nothing else who will be better than Nexus 5 in terms of Camera. But the same source suggests that the display will be a 720p resolution and screen size will be 4.5″.

Communication:

FCC indicates that Nexus 5 will feature 4G LTE communication, just like Nexus 4.

Processor:

Nexus 5 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core processor, rumours suggest that the clock speed will be 2.3 GHz and RAM will be 3GB, so there is no option of  lag in this device.

Display:

Nexus 5 will feature a 1080p display, but many rumours are suggesting that it will be 720p display with 4.5-inch screen instead of 5-inch.  Personally 4.5-inch is way bettet than 5-inch, easy to hold and easily operateable with only one hand.

In terms of Speed and updates, Nexus series is the leader of Android market, but now Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One is taking over the market, and after the release of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5C , with an awesome demand of  iOS 7 Apple is sure to take over the OS and Mobile market, Let’s see what LG and Google will offer as What we call Nexus 5.

Nexus 5 shut down by the shutdown?
What fascinates me more than rumors of a Nexus 4 encore is some of the speculation over why the Nexus 5 hasn’t emerged from the shadows yet. It could be that a launch closer to Halloween was always the plan — I still think that could tie in nicely with the Android 4.4 KitKatlaunch — or it could be that massive furloughs at the FCC and numerous other federal agencies could be to blame.

You might remember that we saw some FCC certification docs for what appear to be the Nexus 5 last month, but what if Google wasn’t able to get everything it needed to get past the federal bureaucracy before it shut down two weeks ago?

That leads us to another rumor that’s been getting fresh attention this week — the notion that Google could launch the “Nexus Gem” smartwatch alongside the Nexus 5 and Android KitKat. Could it be that such a device is currently stuck in the same bureaucratic limbo as countless passport renewals and well… almost all of NASA?

Presumably Google wants to release the Nexus 5 within the next four weeks at the latest to make sure it’s available before Black Friday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season. If there have been delays tied to the shutdown, the company is going to need to figure out some kind of workaround, if possible. If Google and the U.S. Congress cant sort themselves out in time, I’ll plan a massive Crave road trip to Tim Hornyak‘s house in Canada to check out the new Nexus gear.

Meanwhile, we can just continue to hope that Google has been planning to r

 

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