After a year in the waiting, the Google Nexus 5 is finally here!
One year on from the Google Nexus 4 and the Nexus 5 has arrived; packing updated features, a faster processor, additional RAM and of course – the highly anticipated – Android 4.4 KitKat arrives first on the Nexus 5!
Google revealed the Nexus 5 on the Google Play website on the night of Halloween ( Thursday 31st October), there was no flashy launch event but we already know pretty much all there is to know about the Nexus 5; it comes packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 System-on-Chip (SoC) running at 2.3GHz, accompanied by 2GB of RAM! As for the camera, the rear facing camera comes zooming it with an eight megapixel lens and optical image stabilisation (OIS), which will help to stabilize images in dark conditions and when quickly taking pictures. On the flip side you will find a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The battery is rated at 2,300mAh and the handset measures in at 69x138x8.6mm with a weight of 130g, the same as the Samsung Galaxy S4.
5 inch devices are becoming increasingly popular in the mobile world, the Google Nexus 5 measures in at a 4.95 inch display – so not quite the 5 inch that we are seeing on most devices but still more than large enough to complete tasks! With the inclusion of Android 4.4, codenamed “KitKat”, completing tasks will be effortless as the latest Android update improves upon many areas to increase system speeds and with the quad-core processor playing games, sending e-mails and browsing the internet will be extremely easy!
The multitasking on Android 4.4 KitKat is a lot faster, compared to previous Android versions, and there will also be the inclusion of a full-featured voice control agent. You can quickly ask your Nexus 5 to complete any task you want it to, be that from sending a text message to opening up an application or game! One of the most sought-after features of the latest Android build is that when you are receiving an incoming call from a business, that you do not recognize, Google looks up contact telephone numbers for businesses that are listed on Google Maps and displays the name of the business.
Amongst other new features, KitKat allows you to send documents using Google Cloud Print or HP’s ePrint system. In addition to that, Quickoffice has been redesigned to make finding files easier and editing documents and spreadsheets more simple. Google has said that KitKat can run smoothly on as little as 512MB of RAM, and on the Nexus 5 you will be getting 2GB of RAM a whole 1488MB more! Therefore, running several apps at the same time will not slow you down! All is well and good but Google has confirmed that KitKat will only be available for high-end devices such as the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, lower-end devices will unfortunately not be supported.
Google has stayed with LG to create the Nexus 5 and we can expect to see the device in the coming weeks which will be available in two models: 16GB and 32GB. The 16GB model will come in at an unlocked price of $349, £299 and the 32GB model will be selling for $399, £339. Bare in mind that both models will not support any form of memory expansion, so there will not be any slots for a MicroSD card. The Google Nexus 5 will be available in both black and white.
Will you be picking up the Google Nexus 5? If so, in which colour and with 16GB or 32GB in memory? Leave your comments below!