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Nexus 5 & Android KitKat Launch Rumored for Next Week

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A new rumor suggests that the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat launch date will take place not at the end of October but on October 15th, a new date that prospective Nexus 5 buyers will want to circle on the calendar, in pencil, ahead of the their release.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard several rumors pertaining to the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat update launch date. The first suggested that the device could be arriving on October 14th. Another rumor claimed that Google would be launching the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, alongside a new Nexus 10, in late October and that date October 14th date was seemingly put to rest by another credible rumor that suggested that Google had been looking at October 31st, Halloween.

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Today, a new rumor adds to the mystery as CNET UK reports that the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat launch date could in fact be October 15th, just a day after the initial launch date rumor. The date comes from supposed whispers at Google’s Launchpad event, a lengthy event that is aimed at helping small companies thrive. It appears that KitKat was mentioned at the event and loose lips apparently let an October 15th launch date out of the bag. Google typically sends invites out a few days before an event but it hasn’t done so yet.

Still, it could be that the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat update debut in late October, early November, rather than launch in late October as was previously rumored. Whatever the case, Google has done a good job of keeping consumers on their toes ahead of the launch date. The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat update has leaked out several times but there are certainly some mysteries to be had.

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The Nexus 5 has seen most of its hardware leak out to the surface, all but confirming a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, 8MP camera, new design, and 16GB and 32GB options. However, its release date and price remain uncertain. As for Android 4.4 KitKat, it looks like it will be an incremental update to Android Jelly Bean, but there are still a lot of unknowns. The devices are expected to debut with an Asus Nexus 10 and even that device remains a relative mystery heading into mid-October.

Launch rumors also suggest that Google could be coming out with a myriad of Nexus devices including a Nexus light switch, something that could have spawned out of the aging Android@Home initiative that debuted at Google I/O several years ago.

9 Comments

  1. chazzmatt

    10/10/2013 at 10:52 am

    1) LG is making the Nexus 5. (OK, you finally acknowledged it a few weeks ago. I’ve been saying it since May.)

    2) There will be no Motorola Nexus this year. Taylor Wimberly is an idiot. (You seem ambivalent on this point.)

    3) Google has never RELEASED a Nexus phone before November. Never. Twice they’ve ANNOUNCED in October/then released in November. (The previous two were even later, in December and January.) I’ve also been reminding people of that since May.

    • Johnny Rico

      10/10/2013 at 1:13 pm

      Clearly you are the fabled messiah, bow before the knowledge inherant to those of the future times. Who cares what you’ve been saying, just enjoy the announcements or are you so wrapped up in yourself that you need the credit of complete strangers for self fulfillment? Who are you? Mister nothing. Mister who gives a crap. You are passive aggressively arguing with noone.

      • chazzmatt

        10/10/2013 at 4:45 pm

        I’m not talking to you, I’m talking to Adam. And he’s quite of aware of the points being discussed from previous articles.

    • Noel

      10/10/2013 at 2:33 pm

      No need to call Taylor W an idiot simply cuz the rumor about a Moto Nexus hasn’t materialized yet. Don’t forget he was pretty much on point with the Moto X rumor. You also have to be aware that these guys are only the messenger to a tip from someone who claims to have the inside info on a particular device.

      • chazzmatt

        10/10/2013 at 4:44 pm

        No, he made up that Moto Nexus rumor himself because he got suckered into buying a Moto X at full price when he could have had an LG G2 (Snapdragon 800, 1080p, 13MP OIS) for the same price. Or a Nexus 5 for half that price. He’s an idiot.

      • chazzmatt

        10/10/2013 at 4:49 pm

        And the Moto Nexus is NOT going to “materialize” because at the same time last Spring when the Moto X was being “delayed” by Google for 3 – 4 months because it sucked, Google CEO Larry Page was in South Korea drooling over the LG G2/Nexus 5 prototype he was being shown.

        Google is not going to do a 2nd rate Nexus 5 by Motorola when they have the LG winner in hand. .

  2. Dennis Jman

    10/10/2013 at 3:02 pm

    8mp only camera?

  3. Lancelot9201

    10/10/2013 at 6:27 pm

    I believe that Google is staying away from doing anything with Motorola out for some sort of promise they made to other oem’s after it was made public that Google was buying Motorola. I don’t pretend to know the inside story I just get a feeling that they were forced by LG, Samsung & others to stay out of the phone / tablet market other than the developer models they’ve released. I don’t think we’ll ever see a Motorola Nexus line.

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