Oct 17 AT 9:08 PM Nick Sarafolean 99 Comments

Nexus 5 shows up in Play Store along with a crystal clear picture

Nexus 5 black

Every Android site that you’ve seen over the past few weeks has probably been screaming “ZOMG NEXUS 5 LEAK” to the point that you want to pound your head into the wall. But tonight brings us the mother of all leaks/rumors/halfway officialness. The Nexus 5 just showed up in the Google Play Store under the Nexus section. Then it was quickly yanked. Sadly, the product page wasn’t live yet but at least we could look at the mini info card which read, “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways. Starting at $349.”

Nexus 5 Play Store

What can we gather from this? Well, the 16GB model is going to be $349 which makes all of us nerds scream with joy. We can also determine that there are probably going to be some cool new features with the theme of capturing things in “fresh new ways.” This could even be interpreted to be referencing some sort of cool new camera feature. We can’t honestly be sure.

We’re also getting a nice look at the homescreen of Android 4.4 KitKat which certainly has some significant changes from the current look of Android. Notably, we see that there are different icons, a transparent status bar with opaque indicators, a transparent on-screen button background and the addition of Hangouts in the dock instead of the default SMS app. And just a fun fact, the wallpaper looks remarkably like the type of five that Google would probably put on the box. Just zoomed in a lot.

On a scale of “meh” to “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY”, how excited are you for the Nexus 5?

Full-size image: Nexus 5

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • AppleFan

    Looks pretty much like iOS 7.

    • EmagehtmaI

      I think you mean iOS 7 looks like Android.

      • Kindroid

        If only iOS 7 looked any where near this good.

    • BrandonJD

      Keep telling yourself that. iOS7 borrowed design cues from android pretty heavily, and you’d only have to throw a rock at pretty much any tech site and they’d pretty much tell you the same.

      • Justinhub2003

        The transparent notification bar is from iOS 7.

        The dock and dots indicating what page your on is from iOS 1 and 2

        They both learned from each other but android evolved into where it is now. It was not conceived this way, it had an app drawer and no dock and the notification bar was black or white initially

        • Aoki

          Tell me about the new feature Apple developped, the, Notification bar?

        • Wes

          HTC has had a transparent notification bar since Sense 4 released last year. Long before iOS 7. Now who copied who? That’s right. iOS copied Sense 4.

          • justinhub2003


            Look at Sense 4 and compare it to the iOS 7.

            Sense 4 looks like Windows vista style.

            iOS 7 just lays the text over top of the wallpaper. There is no bar. Sense 4 clearly shows a transparent bar but its still a bar.

        • justinhub2003

          I love how my comments gets down ranked for strictly speaking the history of Android..

          • Odie

            The dots that indicate what home screen you’re on and let you scroll are nothing new. My Nexus One had it back in early 2010. Android may have had it before then, but I can at least confirm that the dots are nothing new, not to Android at least.

      • justinhub2003


        I made a comparison image..

        Android 1.0 didn’t have a dock, they stole that from iOS 1

        It didnt have a transparent notification bar, they stole that from iOS 7

        It didn’t have the dots above the dock showing what page your one, they stole that from iOS 2.

        I mean, they borrow from each other. Its a good thing.

        • Cory

          HTC has had a transparent notification bar since Sense 4 released last year. Long before iOS 7.

          • justinhub2003

            See above comment regarding Sense 4

        • Aoki

          Apple didn’t even used to have a expandable notification bar…

        • tetracycloide

          If it’s a good thing why do you keep conflating it with stealing?

          • justinhub2003

            Because people tend to forget why Android looks the way it does now.

            It is hugely influenced by iOS.

        • Blitz

          There have been loads of android 3rd party launchers with transparent notification bars way before ios 7!

    • Lillis J

      It looks like what Pure Android has looked like all along. From day 1. iOS7 is what… A month old?

      • Justinhub2003


        Pure android never had a dock all along and they copied the transparent notification bar from iOS 7.. I’m 4.3 it’s black every where.

        The dock came with android 2.0 which was after iOS had it.

        • Cory

          HTC has had a transparent notification bar since Sense 4 released last year. Long before iOS 7.

        • Lachlan

          If you’re all wondering why the Notification and nav bar were black from android 4.0 to 4.3 is because the original device android 4.0 released on is the Galaxy Nexus, it had an OLED display. This means that the display can turn separate pixels off and keep the rest of the display on. Google made the Status bar and Nav bar black so that it could save battery in the galaxy nexus. All the updates from Android 4.0 to 4.3 have mostly been bug fixes and small add-ons like the quick settings and Project Butter. This means Google DID NOT STEAL the transparency design from iOS 7. If Samsung hadn’t used an OLED display Google would have probably made it transparent.

          I could be wrong here but it seems like a plausible answer.

    • Nate B.

      You get Android and other inspiring features and looks on your iPhone and you come say that ignorance

    • No

      Stop, seriously, iOS 7 will NEVER even dream of being android no matter how many aspects it copies.

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      • pjamies

        My Head hurts .. Please stop this!!!!

    • gidiem

      299$ – 349$ sounded more appealing… Still… SHUT THE F#$% UP AND TAKE MY MONEY !!!!

      • Nate B.

        The specs and hardware improve each year. They can’t keep the price but so low. This was expected.

    • jamal adam

      Let me help you out a little bit, iOS 7 = meh and KitKat+Nexus 5 = SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

    • kevinsoy6

      my neighbor’s sister makes $86/hr on the internet. She has been without work for six months but last month her income was $17115 just working on the internet for a few hours. my review here……… http://iop.li/FQ

  • Belig

    can’t wait

  • Slith

    Ready to roll

  • Spoorthy

    Wow. Hats off to Google on creating a phone with no flaws for $350. 10/10 SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

    • Odie

      Let’s wait and see about the “no flaws” part. I love the Nexus line and the phones can’t be beat at the prices Google offers. My N1 kept me smiling until it’s untimely software meltdown just before I got my N4; that being said, they’re aren’t perfect. The camera’s on the phone have always been lacking. And the WiFi can be really finicky but I’m not sure if that’s my router or the phone (my other devices sometimes have issues connecting to my router, but my phone also has trouble on other wireless networks).

      Well…I guess that’s about it :p

      The only thing I guess I could complain about is the viewing angle on the Nexus 4; the screen is still very clear, but the colors start to wash out. Also, I wish the Gorilla Glass on the front was a bit more scratch resistant and that the back glass was stronger.

      • Spoorthy

        The camera on the nexus 5 is Going to be good (or at least above average). There punch line is about a wonderful camera so we can expect that to be fixed.

  • BrandonJD

    I was kind of dissapointed originally when I saw the first leaks, but now that I see a high res version of the phone, I am liking the design a lot better now. It actually reminds me of the Galaxy Nexus, if you cleaned off all the extraneous details.

    I am currently paying off an Xperia Z and was looking to get a Z1, but if this (like the nexus 4 before it) is sold in T-mobile, I will get this instead. Although waterproofing is a hard thing to lose, especially once you get used to having it.

  • EmagehtmaI

    Looking good. There’s a good chance this will he my next phone. A top of the line phone with a 5″ high def screen, all for under $400 unlocked? Yes please.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Shut up and take my money!!!

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    This is the kind of leak tech blogs dream of. What a fantastic find. Shut up and take my money Google!

  • motcher41

    Well I’m negotiating with my gf now and its getting heated lol

    • Odie

      If you two haven’t been together for more than 5-6 years, you could say “Sweetie, I DO love you, but in fairness, Android was here first.”

  • Mike K.

    Here’s money, Google! Take it!

  • Mikes_phone_and_tab

    I just got a G2 today and am loving it. I’m sure having the vanilla Android experience is nice though. I have been loving my Nexus 7 2013. Hope Google sells the amount of these they deserve to sell, because these are high quality devices.

  • nitrog7

    I thought LG said they weren’t making the next nexus? I guess they meant the next next one. Lol

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  • Googler

    google just shut the frak up and take my money.

  • kazahani

    *state farm insurance commercial voice*


  • s_rob

    shut up and take my $$

  • Kilgore Trout

    Sweet!!! I want!!!

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  • Renato S.

    I care about the camera so I’ll wait for shots samples, videos, etc.

  • ihatefanboys

    Amazing price !! But no Front Facing Camera ?

    • Rob Field

      Check the upper left corner of the device.

      • ihatefanboys

        It was so small i didnt think that was a camera. C’mon downvoted for an innocent question ??

    • Nate B.

      stage left buddy

  • scubabum

    Take my money, take my money….

  • theluck

    Cant wait. Hope stocks are available.

  • donger


  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    If only it could make it’s way to Europe at a decent price, so we, Europeans, won’t have to jump through hoops to get it at a much lower price.

  • Akki

  • masterpfa

    I some money burning a hole in someone’s pocket (soon to liberated)


    • masterpfa

      OK while you’re at it give me one of those new Nexus 10 and any other new Nexus device you have going!

  • piermarcotte

    Oh damn, I just got me a nexus 4(long term contracts go to hell), But at that price maybe I’ll twist my arm. :)

  • chazzmatt

    This “mistake” was a PR leak to shut up the people claiming there will be a re-release of last year’s Nexus 4 to take the “low end” pricing and that this year’s Nexus 5 would be priced up to $500. This brief “accidental” Google Play posting was Google’s way of saying STFU on both ridiculous rumors.

    $349 for 16GB Nexus 5 is actually the same price for 16GB as last year’s Nexus 4 — but with 5″ 1080p, smaller body, Snapdragon 800, multiple LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+, CDMA, and 8MP OIS camera.

    So, if the 16GB is still $349, then the new 32GB will probably be $399?

    • James

      If the N5 is 349, Google would be smart to do a massive advertising campaign. This phone should be sold to the general market – not just developers or phandroids. Customers are wanting no contract plans and affordable devices more and more. This would most definitely be the best value for a phone. They should tie in with Tmobile and Straight Talk. This phone with Tmobile would be crazy – $70 for truly unlimited everything!!! ST has also announced ATT LTE with 2.5 gb of high speed data for only $45. WIth ATT getting rid of their individual plans, youre saving almost 50% off their regular plans. Tmobile might do what they did with the N4 and charge you $100 more for the privilege of paying it over 24 months.

      • Odie

        Problem is, Google has to keep it’s OEM partners happy; so it can’t go all out and try to undercut its own partners. At least right now, they can argue that the Nexus device is for a niche market that isn’t very large. It’s the same reason Motorola won’t be getting the Android updates as fast as Nexus devices, and will instead receive them around the same time as HTC and Samsung phone.

        • ChazzMatt

          EXACTLY. And thus all the “leaks” which were really part of a “viral” advertising campaign. All “accidental” — the KitKat video, FCC filing being revealed the same week, phone left in a bar, technical manual PDF leaked with full pictures and specs. They got more coverage in the past month than if they had bought advertising — but in such a way they can claim innocence. :)

  • Max

    [Quote:We’re also getting a nice look at the homescreen of Android 4.4 KitKat which certainly has some significant changes from the current look of Android. Notably, we see that there are different icons, a transparent status bar with opaque indicators, a transparent on-screen button background and the addition of Hangouts in the dock instead of the default SMS app

    These are not significant changes its looks exactly like older version of android with stuff you could get from minor xda theme tweaks and drag dropping Hangouts icon into dock

    • Jondan

      The major point is that you don’t HAVE to tweak your phone to get it to look like this. Hangouts replacing Messaging isn’t just an icon swap, it is a sign that Hangouts will finally have full SMS and MMS support to REPLACE Messaging. If there really is a “Google Experience Launcher” that will be released along with 4.4, any phone running Froyo 2.2 or newer can have the same UI as any new phone. This is a great move for Google. It appeals to the mast majority of the Android user market who does not root, skin, or even know how to use in-depth custom launchers like Nova or Apex. One launcher installation, and any phone can look and feel like any other phone, thus decreasing the gripes of “fragmentation” that we’ve heard for years as the sin of Android.

  • Max

    non the less nice phone id get is i had $349

  • MATT


    • DragonPhyre

      Well, I know what I am getting with my unpaid vacation time this year.

  • Thinking about an iPhone 6 but what until then?

    KitKat doesnt excite me at all. IF it were a major upgrade it would have been 5.0. That alone would not convince me. I wonder if 4.4 will come to the Galaxy Nexus. If it does, I probably wouldnt find a need to upgrade just for an LTE phone…But then again, the GN camera sucks…

    Sadly the GN isnt getting too much in resale. Maybe Craigslist will find a desperate buyer…Less than six months ago, I sold one for $240…Id be lucky to get $140 these days.

  • tmoore4075

    More excited about the update. The phone looks nice but I have the N4 so I’m not seeing a reason to drop the money on it, even at a good price. Will wait for next year’s model.

  • Fermin

    I just have one question…. Will it work on Verizons network? If yes then F yeah take my damn money and if no then I’ll just stick to my droid maxx which is still a pretty nice phone too

  • yoaj

    Im so excited/scared/nervous/excited again!

    For the first time ever I am going to be leaving VZW and moving over to ATT? so I can proudly sport this bad puppy.


    • Marc

      Agreed… As soon as I can get my hands on this phone, VZW can kiss my a$$.

  • WB

    Shut the front door and gram my wallet. Lets tangle google! What’s good?

  • rashad360

    Hmm… If that $350 version has the rumored 3,000 mah battery it will be “Shut up and take my money” status for me!

  • kinderdm

    Not terribly excited about the nexus 5, but only because I am still very satisfied with my nexus 4. Otherwise it looks to be a pretty nice phone with some decent upgrades and I am loving that they are keeping the off contract price well within reach. I am however very excited to see what kitkat brings to the table for my nexus 4. Looks like a lot of nice features and cant wait for hangouts to replace the sms app.

    • Odie

      Couldn’t agree more. The Nexus 5 IS a great looking phone; and I would love to have that ~5″ 1080p screen with LTE but I’m more than happy with my Nexus 4. It also doesn’t hurt that my fancy back glass is still perfect and oh so pretty (knock on wood).

  • valen

    wow, just beatifull!

  • azephyrus

    Take Up and Shut my Money!!!

  • AndroidAndFreak
  • jamal adam

    There is a 99.99% chance that this will indeed be my next phone. This is a no brainer shut up and take my money kinda deal.

  • rauelius

    I’m 100% serious, I have and LOVE my HTC ONE….But Google PLEASE offer a 32GB version…I don’t care if it’s a $100 premium or a $300 premium over the 16GB version, just offer a damn higher capacity version of this phone, and I will throw money at you…a 64GB version for $900? Yup, I’ll send that money right on over, just do it Google….Hell I’ll pay $1200 for a 64GB version of this phone….

    • Raptor

      I have 96GB which is 32rom+64 micro sdxc.

  • smeghead68

    Looks great!! can’t wait for it to come out. Why isn’t there more mainstream advertising about this? The general populas knows months in advance of any apple launch.

  • Droid:/

    I love how droid copied iOS in the beginning, but no one remembers that. Probably because all of the 12 year old who own droids weren’t born yet!

    • masterpfa

      That as maybe but there’s no mistaking which one is which now

      Yesterday is yesterday, I live in the here and now, so do most people.
      When you find anything in life that hadn’t inspired anyone to do the same or expand on an idea, you can be happy. The same applies with mobile phones.

      Deal with it.

  • Richard

    While I want it now, I am stuck on Verizon until December 15th. We all know Verizon and Nexus devices mix as well as water and oil.

  • twitter futuristic_boi

    Why does this phone cost more than a ps3 or Xbox 360. And why spend that much on a phone that doesn’t have a micro SD card slot. The G2 sounds like a real champ sense its gonna get kit kat anyways. Sounds to me the nexus 5 is gonna be other moto X .

    • twitter futuristic_boi

      Why does this phone cost more than a ps3 or Xbox 360. And why spend that much on a phone that doesn’t have a micro SD card slot. The G2 sounds like a real champ sense its gonna get kit kat anyways. Sounds to me the nexus 5 is gonna be other moto X .

      • lolo

        Why does a htc one cost $579? Why does an iPhone cost $600+? SD cards are not needed these days. I have a ton of music, movies and roms on my n4 with plenty of space left, not to mention I have a box and a dropbox account. People complaining about sd cards these days are just finding something to complain about. Don’t hear the isuck people complaining about no sd cards, do you?

  • tech lover

    Can’t we all just shut up and appreciate good technology when we see it?

  • AndroidAndFreak
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    check out themer…one awesome launcher by mycolorscreen

  • Kikkerman

    I’m still hoping the 3000mAh option to be true

  • lolobabes

    If this is indeed the full size image its even smaller even with its full 5 inch display compared to my Galaxy Nexus which has 4.7 only! ahihihihi

  • Jeff

    I want it.