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Android 4.4.3 rolls out to Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Google Play Editions

06/04, 12:44pm

Minor Android update fixes battery drain bug, improves performance

Google has started to roll out a minor software update bringing Android to version 4.4.3. Starting this week and rolling out gradually to users, the update will first head to Nexus devices, starting with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, with a number of Google Play Edition smartphones and recent Motorola devices also reportedly receiving the Android upgrade.

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Google releases red-colored Nexus 5 smartphone on Google Play

02/04, 4:21pm

Red Nexus 5 joins white, black versions, sold at same price

Google has released a third color option for its popular Nexus 5 smartphone, with the rumored device fitting alongside its existing black and white-colored offerings. The red version of the LG-produced device has gone on sale through Google Play, with the smartphone sharing the same specification, storage options, and price as its more stand-colored stablemates.

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Google, LG quietly modify Nexus 5 to fix button, speaker complaints

12/13, 1:10pm

Larger speaker holes, firmer buttons found in newer Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 smartphone has quietly received some slight changes to its construction, apparently in order to fix customer complaints. Changes relating to the way the buttons feel, speaker and microphone grills and the SIM tray have all appeared, all without comment from either Google itself or manufacturing partner LG.

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Android 4.4.1 to fix Nexus 5 camera bugs, improve autofocus

12/05, 11:54am

Camera app overhauled and optimized

Google has reportedly focused on Nexus 5 camera functionality with the upcoming Android 4.4.1 update, which is expected to begin rolling out this week. The software tweaks promise to resolve problems with the current camera, improving autofocus time and exposure in low-light conditions.

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Nexus Wireless Charger for Nexus 4, 5, 7 hits Google Play

11/19, 6:58pm

Google's Nexus devices get wireless charging accessory

Owners of Google's Nexus 4, and Nexus 5 smartphones and the Nexus 7 tablet can now get a specialized wireless charging device. The device appeared Tuesday in Google's Play Store, and it ships in 1 to 2 business days. The device provides wireless charging for each of the Nexus devices, though it only has room to charge one device at a time.

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Further evidence of Google subsidy of Nexus 5 emerges

11/17, 11:22pm

Google Play store pricing aimed at driving Android platform domination

Further evidence that Google subsidizes the cost of the Nexus 5 smartphone has emerged after the official off- and on-contract pricing for the popular Android handset was made public in Australia today. LG and Telstra have partnered to launch the Nexus 5 on the carrier's 4G LTE network with off-contract pricing listed at $696 and other retailers at $699 beginning late November for the 16GB model. The same handset is available to Australian customers through the Google Play online store at just $399, a price difference of $300. Australian customers have the option of purchasing the 32GB model through Google Play for just $49 more. As a point of comparison, the iPhone 5s retails from $869 outright in Australia.

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Full review: Google Nexus 5

11/11, 4:51pm

Google defines the Android 4.4 'KitKat' experience with the Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 is the standard bearer for Google's latest version of Android, version 4.4 'KitKat.' It is also representative of Google's egalitarian vision for technology, which is to make advanced technology as widely available to as many people as possible. To do this, it has priced the Nexus 5 from an incredibly low $349 off-contract for the 16GB model or $399 for the 32GB model, rumored to be achieved by selling the handset at or below cost. For this you get the fastest chipset currently available for Android smartphones as well as beautiful 5-inch display. As good a deal as it is, is the best technology and software that Android is able to offer able to match or beat the current gold standard for smartphones, the 64-bit Apple iPhone 5s? Read on in our full review of the Google Nexus 5 to find out.

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Briefly: Nexus 5 on T-Mobile Nov 14, Sennheiser headset released

11/10, 8:34pm

Google Nexus to be released on T-Mobile on November 14 online, November 20 retail

T-Mobile has announced the upcoming launch of the Google Nexus 5 with its service. The Nexus 5 is to be powered by the latest Android OS, with a 2.26 GHz quad-core processor and LTE capabilities. Soon available with the company's Simple Choice plan, consumers pay $40 up front and $20 per month in a two-year device payment plan. The Nexus 5 will be available for purchase November 14 online, and November 20 at T-Mobile retail locations.

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First look: Google Nexus 5

11/06, 5:57am

Google, LG team for 1080p 5-inch Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 went on sale just a few days ago and it is already out of stock in most of the 10 ten countries that were lucky enough to get launch stock. Some Google Play stores are indicating that each of the four variants won't be shipping out of the warehouse for another four to five weeks. If you were planning on getting one, but have missed out, is it worth waiting over another month for one of the most eagerly anticipated Android handsets of the year?

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Android 4.4 apps from Nexus 5 factory image leaked

11/01, 3:14pm

Google Experience Launcher, core apps made available to download

A number of featured apps from Android KitKat have been made available to download. The apps, pulled from Google's factory image of Android 4.4 for the Nexus 5, include some that could be considered minor updates when compared to earlier versions, while others are more notable, including the new Google Search.

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Google launches Nexus 5 with 4.95-inch 1080p display, Android KitKat

10/31, 2:48pm

Flagship Google smartphone introduces Google Now wake commands

After weeks of launch rumors, Google has finally introduced the Nexus 5 smartphone. The LG-produced device features a Gorilla Glass 3-protected 4.95-inch Full HD IPS display, giving it a pixel density of 445 PPI, powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.

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Google Nexus 5 unboxing offers close-up view, claims similar to LG G2

10/31, 8:59am

Camera said to be improvement on Nexus 4 sensor

An unboxing of the upcoming Google Nexus 5 suggests that there is an iCloud-style back-up system included in the device. Accompanied by a number of photographs that leave little doubt to the device's existence, the Nexus 5 is said to feel similar to the LG G2 when held, though without the volume control buttons on the back.

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Google Nexus 5 specifications leaked by carrier, shown at warehouse

10/29, 7:18am

Wind Mobile pre-registration page for Nexus 5 pulled

Yet more leaks suggest that Google will be launching the Nexus 5 soon, thanks to a Canadian carrier and LG. Wind Mobile published and later pulled a pre-registration page for the Nexus 5, along with what could be a complete specification sheet for the device, while another photo shows that stock of the device may have already reached distributors.

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White Nexus 5 pictured, may launch alongside KitKat on Nov. 1

10/27, 3:00pm

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.

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LTE-enabled Nexus 4 shows up in Bluetooth certification

10/25, 2:28pm

Nexus 4 apparently will remain on offer with LTE

An LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 4 has shown up for Bluetooth certification, seemingly confirming that Google will continue selling the handset even as it prepares to launch an expected follow-up in the Nexus 5. The filing is not entirely unexpected, as some had speculated that Google would keep the older Nexus version around, giving Google a more rounded smartphone lineup going forward. The search giant has not revealed anything with regard to either device, though the Nexus 5 launch is thought to be imminent.

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Google event invite for October 24 could be Android, Nexus 5 launch

10/18, 3:15pm

Sources claim no hardware, software announcements at Google Play event

Google has started to send invitations to an event on the 24th of October, one which could feature a number of software and hardware announcements. The event, asking attendees to "Join us for a night out with Google Play," could potentially be the launch of Android 4.4, KitKat, as well as the expected official reveal of the Nexus 5 smartphone.

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Rumors claim $399 Nexus 5, Nexus 4 LTE, Android KitKat on Friday

10/16, 5:18am

Nexus 5 could possibly cost more than Nexus 4 with LTE

The next Google smartphone could start from $399, higher than the $299 price tag rumored earlier, according to a new report. The Nexus 5 will also allegedly be accompanied by a new version of the existing Nexus 4 which will offer LTE, with the entire range possibly appearing alongside Android KitKat on a new potential launch date on Friday 18th of October.

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New video shows Nexus 5 in action

10/12, 5:45pm

Clearest look to date at Nexus 5

The newest Nexus handset from Google and LG has been one of the tech industry's worst-kept secrets, and now a working unit has shown up in a video posted online this week. The video, spotted by Android Police, shows what appears to be a Nexus 5 prototype running Android 4.4 KitKat. Further solidifying the notion that it is a prototype, the operating system the device is running still bears the name Google was going to give to its new Android iteration: Key Lime Pie.

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Google Nexus 5 passes through Bluetooth SIG for certification

10/11, 3:08pm

Bluetooth SIG notice suggests launch within next week

The upcoming Google Nexus 5 has allegedly surfaced yet again, this time passing through the Bluetooth Special Interest Group for certification. The device, labeled as "LGE LTE Mobile Phone (LG-D821)," is believed to be the Google smartphone, which is rumored to be launching on October 15th at the same time as Android KitKat.

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Google Nexus 5, Android KitKat rumored to launch October 15th

10/10, 2:17pm

Mobile OS, Google smartphone alleged to be shown early next week

The Google Nexus 5 and Android KitKat, version 4.4, will be coming out next week, according to a new rumor from developers. The next Google smartphone and the updated mobile operating system will apparently be launched together on Tuesday October 15th, with the Nexus 5 also said to carry a price tag lower than £250 ($400).

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Nexus 5 service manual leaks, confirms previous specs

10/06, 3:45pm

New leak reveals Nexus 5 specs

The Nexus 5 specifications that previously leakedappear to have been largely correct, as a service manual for the device leaked to the Internet over the weekend. The forthcoming Nexus handset from LG was exhaustively described in a 281-page draft service manual discovered by Android Police. The veracity of the manual seems almost certain, as LG soon asked the Android fan blog to take the document down soon after it was posted. Other copies of the document have since shown up online.

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Another photograph, specifications for Google Nexus 5 allegedly leak

10/01, 7:58am

Close shot appears to show final Google Nexus 5 form

Another photograph showing what is believed to be the next Google Nexus smartphone has surfaced, giving a close look of the Nexus 5 outside of the recent FCC filing. The closer image comes at the same time as an alleged leak of logs for the Nexus 5 running on Android 4.4 Kitkat, apparently providing a fairly complete list of specifications for the smartphone.

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Google Nexus 4 16GB out of stock, believed to be stock clearance

09/17, 4:58am

Larger 16GB Nexus 4 sells out two weeks after 8GB model in US

Google has run out of stock of the 16GB model of its Nexus 4 smartphone on Google Play in the United States, and is unlikely to make a return. The sell-out of discounted mobile devices, coming two weeks after the 8GB version did the same, is said to be a stock clearance before Google starts selling its expected Nexus 5 smartphone.

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Google Nexus 5, Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ tipped for October 14 launch

09/16, 5:29am

Google rumored to launch Nexus 5, Android 4.4 on October 14

The highly-anticipated Google Nexus 5 has been tipped for an October 14 drop date, according to Ausdroid sources. Although not confirmed, the timing would align roughly with last year’s launch timing and reveal of the Nexus 4, which debuted in October running Android 4.2 ‘Jelly Bean.’ Despite the fact that Google has publicly erected its large chocolate covered Android ‘KitKat’ statue on its Mountain View campus, it has not yet revealed when the newly minted operating system will launch, or what features it will bring with it.

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Alleged LG Nexus 5 shown in clear FCC filing photographs

09/12, 2:37pm

Back of smartphone matches that of pulled Android KitKat video

The Google Nexus 5 has apparently appeared again, this time as part of a second FCC filing. Photographs of the LG D820, believed to be the successor to the Google Nexus 4, show the inside and clear shots of the front and back, with the device looking remarkably similar to the phone spotted in the now-withdrawn Android KitKat promotional video.

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Mystery LG D820 5-inch smartphone may be branded Nexus 5

09/06, 5:19am

LG D820 passes through FCC, looks suspiciously like the Nexus 5

A mystery LG smartphone has been spotted undergoing certification with the FCC. Dubbed the LG D820, the rear cover of the device bears a strong resemblance to the previously unseen Nexus handset recently appeared at the Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ unveiling. If the LG D820 is indeed the new Nexus 5, it will center on a 5-inch 1080p display and pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset.

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Google pulls Android KitKat video over possible Nexus 5 leak

09/04, 7:33am

Google employee seen using large Nexus smartphone in video

Google may have accidentally leaked the Nexus 5 in its promotional materials. A video revealing the new statue for Android 4.4, Android KitKat, showed what could be the next Nexus smartphone being used to take images, with Google not only removing the video it posted itself, but also those of others mirroring the video clip.

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Google Nexus 4 8GB out of stock on Google Play, Nexus 5 inbound?

09/03, 12:38pm

Google said not to restock lower-capacity smartphone

The 8GB model of the Google Nexus 4 has sold out on Google Play in the United States. The smartphone, recently subjected to a price cut of $100 down to $199, is now showing as "out of inventory" for its lower-capacity model, and directly hints towards an overall clearance of the device, potentially as preparation for the speculated Nexus 5.

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Google slashes $100 off the Nexus 4, paves way for rumored Nexus 5

08/28, 5:48am

Google Nexus 4 now starting from $199, could signal imminent Nexus 5

Google has slashed the price off the Nexus 4 by $100, or 25 percent, fueling speculation that it is clearing inventory for the launch of the rumored Nexus 5. The Nexus 4 was launched in late October last year and was the first device to debut Android 4.2 'Jelly Bean.' Both the 8GB and 16GB versions of the Nexus 4 have received the price cut, with the reductions available in the US, Canada, Australia, Korea, Spain and the UK.

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Nexus 5 rumors coming out of Vietnam confirm LG G2 basis

08/16, 7:52am

Google Nexus 5 to be made by LG, with same display, CPU as LG G2

Reliable Vietnamese rumor site Tinhte has started to leak early details about the forthcoming Google Nexus 5, expected to land in October. Confirming a rumor dating back to March, the device will be made by LG and will be loosely based on the new LG G2 flagship. Like the Nexus 4, which was loosely based on the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 5 will take some of the key features from the G2 including its 5.2-inch 1080p display as well as its Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26 GHz.

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