This afternoon Google finally announced the new Nexus 5 smartphone running the all-new Android 4.4 KitKat. After months of rumors, leaks, and speculation surrounding the release date the device appeared in the Play Store and quickly started selling out.
Google’s new Nexus 5 was rumored for an unveil today, but wouldn’t be available until tomorrow, but we have some good news. After arriving on the Play Store in both 16 and 32GB storage options for $349 and $399, in both black and white, we’re happy to confirm it has already started shipping. Google’s store initially said the device will ship by November 5th for early orders, and has since bumped up a few weeks.
Seeing the Play Store suggest a November 5th shipping date wasn’t too inspiring, but that’s just an estimate saying it will ship “by” November 5th, not actually on the 5th. And just as we expected Google’s already begun shipping the new Nexus 5 smartphone to eager buyers that snatched it up this afternoon. We’re seeing multiple reports all over Twitter, not to mention received our own shipping confirmations this afternoon.
Google’s Play Store has already started showing delays with the site now saying orders will ship in 2-3 weeks for the 32GB model, and 3-4 weeks for the 16GB variant. Meaning Google’s selling them by the truckload and is trying to be realistic with shipping times and estimates.
With many placing orders just a few hours ago it’s nice to see Google has already started shipping the Nexus 5 to customers. Sadly there wasn’t an overnight or 1-day delivery option, but for those who chose the 2-day shipping method we could see the device start arriving as soon as Monday. It looks like Google finally got a product launch right, although it’s still in the early stages.
As many of you probably remember, the Nexus 4 launch was a mess with Google Play crashing, products going in and out of stock by the minute, and delays quickly exceeding 3-4 weeks and beyond. With the Nexus 5 both Google and LG are much more prepared, had a smooth launch and order process, and apparently have already started shipping orders out.
Have you received confirmation that your Nexus 5 has shipped? So far all reports thus far have been the 16GB model, but hopefully the 32GB is headed out at the same time. Now we’re just wondering where that rumored Nexus 10 is.