SOMEBODY at Google is probably in trouble today, as the Nexus 5 appeared briefly on the Google Play store on Thursday.
The Google Play listing, which has since been removed, revealed everything we need to know about the Nexus 5 handset, including its price. The 16GB Google Nexus 5 will be priced at $349 in the US, the same starting price as the 16GB Google Nexus 4 smartphone. This, we assume, means the handset will fetch around £279 in the UK.
The yanked listing also outed a press photo of the Google Nexus 5, which seems to match recent rumours. It shows a chassis similar to that of the LG G2, the leaked monster camera on the rear of the phone and the Android 4.4 Kitkat user interface.
While full details of the upcoming Android iteration remain a mystery, the leaked image shows a redesigned transparent app launcher, redesigned icons for Gmail and Camera, and Hangouts replacing text messages on the main homescreen.
That's not all we know about the Nexus 5, which according to speculation is likely to debut either later today or on 28 October.
The LG-built Google flagship smartphone is also tipped to feature a 4.95in HD 1080p display, a quad-core 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, along with dual 8MP and 1.3MP cameras, integrated NFC, support for wireless charging, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 2,330mAh battery.
There's a video of a purported Nexus 5 handset in action below, and you can check out the handset in our Google Nexus 5 release date, specs, price and rumours roundup. µ
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