Monday, April 15, 2013

Rumor Mill - Google Nexus 5 Grapevine

Google Nexus 5 Grapevine

Since beginning Nexus devices from Google have been an epitome of pure vanilla Android experience. Not only they have the latest Android OS (with the promise of getting future updates as soon as they release), but also they have cutting-edge hardware at the price of an average smartphone. Google partners with various hardware manufacturers to design Nexus devices, right from Nexus One in partnership with HTC to Nexus S with Samsung to the latest offering Nexus 4 with LG launched in 2012. While the Nexus 4 is still not available world-wide, Nexus devices have got such popularity that rumors for the next version- Nexus 5 are already doing rounds on web.

So, if you’re looking for a new device, just hold your purses for a little while and check out what rumors are suggesting about Nexus 5 (please note that these are very early rumors and should be taken with a pinch of salt). You won't be disappointed.


While most devices are increasing the screen size to 5-inches and beyond, rumors suggests that Nexus 5 will apparently feature a smaller screen size of 4.5-inches (compared to 4.7-inches in Nexus 4). The resolution of the phone will still be 720p, making the display crisper and sharper. The screen would take most of the space in the front of the device, covering as much as 88% of the surface.


Google has never shied away from providing latest hardware with Nexus line of devices and Nexus 5 will also be no exception. It’s said to be powered by Snapdragon 800 chip with 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, along with Adreno 330 graphics processor. The RAM would be 2GB or maybe 3GB, on the higher side. As with earlier Nexus devices, Nexus 5 might not have external storage, with chances of having multiple models having internal storage options of 16GB/32GB and 64GB. The device will be fuelled by 2800 mAh or 3140 mAh battery.


Recent comments by Vic Gundotra suggests that Nexus 5 will have an "insanely great camera". Rumors suggests that Google is partnering with Nikon for the camera module with triple CMOS sensors.

Operating System

Nexus 5 will be bundled with Android 5.0, which will be named Key Lime Pie. Like previous versions of Android, chances are that it will be released in Google I/O, which will be held from May 15-17 this year. One of the biggest rumors for Key Lime Pie is that it will having support for various profiles. When you go to sleep, then there’s no need for your phone to fetch emails or notifications from Twitter, Facebook, etc., so by enabling a profile which prevents unnecessary tasks, you will actually be able to conserve battery life. Key Lime Pie will also be featuring a better Keyboard, more customization options and tighter integration with social networks.


Since Google partners with various Mobile manufacturers for making Nexus devices hardware, Nexus 5 will also be made in partnership with a manufacturer. While Google has acquired Motorola Mobility, and rumors of Motorola X are doing various rounds online, we can't confirm the new Nexus 5 will be manufactured by Motorola. Most of the rumors suggest that after Nexus 4, LG is again going to make Nexus 5, while Motorola X would be an ultimate customizable Android device with easy connectivity to both Google Glass and Google SmartWatch.

Release date

Going by the launch date of previous Nexus devices, the Nexus S was launched eleven months after the Nexus One, the Galaxy Nexus eleven months after the Nexus S, and the Nexus 4 twelve months after the Galaxy Nexus. The trend only suggests that wait is going to longer and not shorter. Which means, the Nexus 5 release is still 5-6 months away till October or November.


One of the biggest selling points of Nexus 4 was a really affordable price for an unlocked device. Nexus 5 may also have that same price of around 350$. Think of it, a phone with such a great camera, hardware and providing full Android experience at such price will definitely sell like hot cakes.

Author: This was posted by Julia. Her passion for upgrading her knowledge puts her to research on topics relevant to her industry. Besides, she also likes to share her findings by writing about them in her free time. Have a detail look on Google Nexus Series mobiles here.