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Nexus 5 Launch Rumored for October with Android 5.0

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While the Nexus 5 release is still likely months away, rumors continue to pop up with the latest suggesting that LG, the maker of the Nexus 4, is developing the Nexus 5 alongside the LG Optimus G2 and will be introduced sometime in October along with Google’s brand new Android operating system, Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

In November, LG and Google released the Nexus 4, a device based in part on the LG Optimus G, another LG-made smartphone that made its way to AT&T and Sprint. That device continues to rank among the best Android phones on the market and there is no sign that Google is looking to replace it any time soon. Instead, rumors have pointed to a Nexus smartphone launch much later in the year, likely alongside a new, major update to the Android operating system.

Read: Nexus 5: 5 New Things to Know.

The Nexus 5 is rumored for October with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

The Nexus 5 is rumored for October with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

So far, rumors have focused on LG as the manufacturer of the new 2013 Nexus, a device that is presumed to be called the Nexus 5. And while LG has not outright confirmed that it will be developing the new Nexus smartphone with Google, rumors, recent ones even, say otherwise.

A new report from Korean publication Daum suggests that LG is developing the Nexus 5 alongside the heavily rumored LG Optimus G2, the latter of which has leaked out numerous times and is all but confirmed for a launch in August.

Evidently, the device is slated for arrival sometime in October, the same month that Google announced the Nexus 4, and it will be equipped with the new Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie that was originally rumored for Google I/O 2013 but will likely be preceded by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Don't believe the latest rumor that Android 5.0 is delayed.

Key Lime Pie could debut in October with the Nexus 5 from LG.

Furthermore, the report claims that the Nexus 5 will use the same specifications as the LG Optimus G2 which would mean a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a display somewhere around 5-inches, 2-33GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera. LG and Google could certainly tweak both the specs and the design, the Nexus 4 did not share a design with the Optimus G, though that remains to be seen.

So while the Nexus 5 likely won’t be coming until far later this year, it’s looking increasingly likely that LG is going to be manufacturing it once again.

11 Comments

  1. Tony

    07/10/2013 at 12:04 pm

    Hate LG, how about a Samsung or HTC Nexus.

  2. chazzmatt

    07/10/2013 at 12:12 pm

    The Nexus 5 “announcement” will be in October, but actual release will probably be in November — just like the last two Nexus phones. October announcement, show-and-tell press conference, phone goes on sale in November.

    But this story has most of the fact right, unlike other sites that say the Nexus 5 is coming now. Q4, just like the last 3 Nexus phones.

  3. chazzmatt

    07/10/2013 at 12:18 pm

    “In November, LG and Google released the Nexus 4, a device based in part on the LG Optimus G”.

    Not “based in part” — if you look at specs they are fraternal twins, almost identical internally. Same CPU, same GPU, same RAM, same camera, same battery. Only major differences was Nexus had pentaband HSPA+ and no LTE, while the G had expandable memory slot.

  4. Karl Keyte

    07/10/2013 at 2:08 pm

    Pray, this one will have a removable battery and an SD card slot…

    • chazzmatt

      07/10/2013 at 6:22 pm

      Sorry, Google says they will NEVER do an SD card slot on a Nexus. They think 1 drive of memory is the best way to go. It’s developer phone, not regular consumer phone.

    • chazzmatt

      07/11/2013 at 4:31 am

      Yes, will have 2700mAh removable battery..

  5. Van Perl

    07/10/2013 at 2:36 pm

    Still no CDMA so Verizon and Sprint. Millions of people with no consideration from GOOGLE for Sprint or Verizon users. Typical GOOGLE .

    • make 4

      07/10/2013 at 3:59 pm

      leave sprint and verizon, CDMA is such a hassle. go for GSM!!! so many advantages and none of the disadvantaged of CDMA companies. Cheaper too included

    • chazzmatt

      07/10/2013 at 6:23 pm

      No, typical closed-universe CDMA. The CDMA companies won’t pass on updates like they should so Google won’t play that game. INSTANT updates with Nexus.

  6. rod

    07/10/2013 at 5:03 pm

    “2-33GB of RAM”? Count me in.LOL

    • mike

      07/13/2013 at 2:23 pm

      Count me in +3

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