updated 03:00 pm EDT, Sun October 27, 2013
New OS, new hardware may launch with November
Serial leaker @evleaks has tweeted on Sunday a picture of a white variant of Google's long-awaited Nexus 5 smartphone, along with a report that the device will be available on November 1. As the Nexus are Google's means of showcasing a "pure Android" build of its latest operating system updates, @evleaks' prediction would seem to indicate that Android 4.4 KitKat will debut at the same time. Google has yet to make any announcements regarding a media event.
The white Nexus 5 variant appeared in renders earlier this month, but those renders were deemed fake. The @evleaks account, though, is well known for leaking devices from an array of manufacturers, sometimes well before they are set to see release.
The most recent rumors about the new Nexus handsets capabilities point to a 4.95-inch 1080p display and availability in 16GB and 32GB models. Inside, the device is said to pack a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, but no information is available on RAM. The Nexus 5 may debut at a price similar to what the Nexus 4 did last year, roughly $349. That low price, combined with the unlocked nature of the phone, made for rapid sellouts, with the device becoming unavailable less than half an hour after it launched.
The Nexus 5 is expected to make its debut alongside an LTE-enabled Nexus 4 and possibly a new Nexus tablet when Google finally unveils Android 4.4. The codename for the new operating system build was announced in September, but Google has given very little information on it beyond its name.
Reportedly, Google has constructed KitKat to run better on lower-power devices, thereby alleviating some of the fragmentation that plagues the Android ecosystem and makes it difficult for developers to make apps on the platform. Some speculate that Android 4.4 will be able to run on devices with installed memory as low as 512MB.
Another possibility is that Google will expand the operating system to more devices. Recent reports have Google making a big push into television with KitKat, abandoning the Google TV brand and consolidating its efforts under the much more popular Android brand.