Google and LG Announce the Nexus 5, with Android 4.4 Installed

Nexus 5

The Google Nexus 5 has been extensively leaked for many weeks now, and we’ve expected the announcement since the middle of the month. Finally, Google has taken the wraps off the new phone, and it’s exactly what we expected. That’s not a bad thing though, as it’s one of the most exciting devices to be launched in 2013.

In case you’d missed all the leaks, here’s what the Nexus 5 is all about. The phone has a 4.95-inch touchscreen with a 1080p resolution, so it matches the Galaxy S4 and the Xperia Z. The processor is Qualcomm’s quad-core, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, and is backed up by 2GB of RAM.

On the rear of the phone is an 8-megapixel camera complete with optical image stabilization, an LED flash, and HDR+ software, which has a burst mode that can combine several photos together into one, potentially great, shot. The phone has been produced by LG, and other features include 4G LTE, a 1.3-megapixel forward facing camera, a headphone port and dual-microphones.

As this is the latest Google smartphone, it comes with Android KitKat, the newest version of the operating system. Google promises KitKat will have a revised dialer and a new launcher on the Nexus 5, plus it has added SMS text messages into the Hangouts app, alongside regular conversations and video chats. Android 4.4 also has voice control, and the user can say “OK Google” to open the search app, send a text message, or get directions.

Google has already started selling the Nexus 5 through Google Play, where it costs £300 for the 16GB model, or £340 for the 32GB.

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