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Nexus 5 Gets the Full Hands-on Treatment in 7-minute Video

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Hello, massive Saturday leak. Just across the wire, we’ve got a 7-minute in-depth overview and look at the Nexus 5. We’re updating below as we see things, so join in. We’ll have more later. 


  • The device is called “Nexus 5” in the About phone screen. That helps solidify the name, but you just never know with Google. For now or until we hear “Nexus 4 (2013)” used, we’ll continue to use Nexus 5.
  • I’d say it’s pretty obvious that this phone is an early prototype and not a finished product. It doesn’t even say “Nexus” on the back. It looks a lot like the unfinished version of the phone we saw in FCC docs. Google and LG will obviously clean it up before launch.
  • This phone is running a “KeyLimePie” build of Android 4.4, but it appears to be incredibly early. None Some of the new Kit Kat UI changes appear (leaked earlier in the week) just not all of them. We are seeing the “Payments” option in the Settings menu. But we aren’t fully seeing the revamped home launcher, lock screen, app drawer or new icons for a variety of apps.
  • Update:  It does appear to be the new launcher, but it hasn’t been skinned to match the leaks from earlier in the week. We are seeing the new dot page-indicators for home screens, and the Apps and Widgets sections in the app drawer are gone.
  • The Messaging app is gone, hopefully meaning that Hangouts will become the all-in-one message app.
  • There is an app called GEL Sub, which could be the new launcher, rumored to be called “Google Experience Launcher.”
  • We’re looking at a phone with 16GB of storage.
  • The video comes to us courtesy of http://smartphones.sfr.fr/, though I’m not sure it was supposed to have gone public yet.

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  • TechSmart

    Please visit this video for more details and hands on;

  • Amanda

    wow, that was quick! Already some cases available http://www.spotga.com/2013/10/cases-for-google-nexus-5.html

  • Danny


  • bjssp

    Does this mean there’s no 32GB version, or only that the 16GB version is the one in the video?

    • Skittlez

      theres a 32GB model as well

  • Andy Dawson

    old youtube icon, how old is this leak ?

  • J C

    I thought the app drawer was transparent now?

  • jawtab

    my LG G2 is way cooler. And it has a bigger screen. 😛 and it works on verizon.

    • jawtab

      tap on/off feature is life changing!

  • One Week Creations

    The video was first spotted by us. Check the time of the tweet: 7:55PM at Barcelona (17:55 GMT). link: https://twitter.com/OneWeekCreation/status/389086902868930561

    There is the full history of a video hunting

  • BobbyG

    headphone jack should be on the bottom

  • panicswhenubered

    One thing I can’t stand is how the camera pokes out so far from the back of the phone. I would pretty much have to put a cover on it because of that.

  • M. Baker

    I watched, I liked. Want official word from Google though!!!!!

  • Sporttster

    Phone looks tiny and very bland to me.

  • NexusMan

    The device is clearly called Nexus 5, as the wallpaper leaked last week featured an abstract 5, just as the Nexus 7 wallpaper and boxes feature an abstract 7.

    • Jeff

      Good work detective. I myself was tipped off it’s called the Nexus 5 by the model number showing ‘Nexus 5’ in the video.

      • NexusMan

        Duh. Clearly it’s called Nexus 5 in the video, smart ass, and if you missed it in the video, it is pointed out in the very 1st note of this post: “The device is called “Nexus 5″ in the About phone screen.” My comment is in reference to Kellen’s comments in this post: “That helps solidify the name, but you just never know with Google. For now or until we hear “Nexus 4 (2013)” used, we’ll continue to use Nexus 5,” which imply that just because it says Nexus 5 in the About screen in the video, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the name is actually Nexus 5. So again, my point is, since the Kit Kat wallpaper leaked LAST WEEK, it became apparent that the device will be called Nexus 5, as the wallpaper features an abstract 5, just as the Nexus 7 wallpaper and boxes feature an abstract 7.

  • J Dub

    Google Experience Launcher. Is this finally a way to have either stock Android or a skinned phone?

    • Steve B

      Interesting, never though of that. This would be great if it could change the System UI, Quick settings, etc.

      • J Dub

        Time will tell. Event date will be released very soon.

  • Priyam Shah

    what happened to kitkat

  • Colton

    someone can probably answer this for me: with the phone having a 4.98 inch screen (or however close to 5 inches), this DOES include the navbar right? so it would sort of get somewhere around 4.8″ of screen real estate technically? unless full screen of course. Just clarifying

    • Jeff


      • Colton

        thanks man

  • Rob Delaney

    Is that a front facing LED Flash?

    • Steve B

      Top center? That’s the ear piece.

      • Rob Delaney

        no, upper left. It has a white lens and it can’t be the notification LED because that is bottom center

        • Steve B

          No, that’s the FFC.

          • Rob Delaney

            IF you pause at 42 seconds, the FFC is is dead center top.

          • Steve B

            Nope, that’s been confirmed as the ear piece.

          • Rob Delaney

            AH ok. Thank you. a lot different shaped than almost every other smartphone

  • aDROIDfreeworld

    If they only put one vzw app and make the tramp stamp on the back really really small… Then does that mean Verizon can have it too?

    Pretty please with sugar in top?

    Okay, I don’t mind paying $579.99 off contract either!

    Give us what we want for once!

  • Rodeojones000

    I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority here, but I’d gladly live with tons of bloat, VZW branding, and delayed updates (essentially, the Galaxy Nexus all over again) if it guaranteed Verizon would carry this phone.

    • Tim242


  • hyperbeatser

    doesn’t look very ergonomic

  • Matthew Morrison

    This video should be called: Apps we already know all about on the Nexus 5

  • Derek Petersen

    What is the grid of small dots on the front lower-left corner of the devise? It looks like there are a few bubbles elsewhere (probably from a screen protector), but I don’t think that’s what the the grid is…

  • Mohammed

    Anybody noticed the date on the youtube video he opened , I can see the date of september 17th 2013 so that a prove it have been recorded long time ago

    • Steve B

      Date on the lock screen says October 9…

      • Mohammed

        Yes but that can be easily changed but it will be not logical if you are the 9th of october and open youtube to look for a video , the results you will get are on videos published on 17th of september

  • steveindajeep

    the os says keylimepie?

    • Skittlez

      early build

  • Mariano Corzo

    “Google Experience Launcher”? Can we expect Google releasing their launcher as a separate download? Like they did with the keyboard? That would be amazing 😀

    • Steve B

      It’s looking that way, along with possibly a few other former system apps.

  • john

    Why are the icons so big? Looks a little bit weird.

  • Josh Meade

    this build is obviously very old… it has the old youtube app and is labled as KLP

  • joejoe5709

    Nothing like a Saturday leak to bring out the idiots who don’t read the article before commenting and also can’t appreciate a Nexus. Yikes.

    For those who are actually intelligent – I CANNOT WAIT for this phone!! The Snapdragon 800 is going to absolutely fly in this beast! I think it is the perfect size and I love the understated styling.

  • Akashshr

    Am I the only one not liking the app drawer in “Kitkat” with the huge icons and no separate pages for widgets* or shortcut for the play store*
    That worries me!

  • mudleyblind

    KeyLimePie? and it looks like Jelly Bean.. looks fishy…

    • Chris

      Kit kat. Though whos to say key lime pie wont make a come back for 5.0…. Only time will tell…

      • Skittlez

        it won’t. with previous iterations of android, there has never been 2 versions in a row that started with the same letter. KLP is done. My guess is KitKat wanted a part of this for more marketing. You know that sales are going to boom when people buy those specially marked android kitkat bars


    NEXUS5 !!!!!
    I love Google.)

  • trophynuts

    so basically after reading the bullet points of this it’s a waste of time to even watch the video

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Phone seems thick…. the plastic looks…. weird? like a mock case. When I get CM 10 on my G2, I’ll have the perfect device.

  • adtst3

    Anyone else realize the software says “keylimepie?” Doesnt it usually say the software version number? Like 4.4?

    • Chris

      Its an early build.

  • reyalP

    Are the Icons made for the visually impaired? Looks like the smartphone made by jitterbug!

  • interstellarmind

    Going to be hard trying to decide to leave my N4 for this… next gen CPU & GPU and OIS are tempting…

    I think the N4 is a better looking device, though it’d be nice to have a phone that’s a bit more rugged (as this N5 appears to be compared to the N4 thanks to the alleged rubberized back).

    If it retails on the Play Store for $350 (for a 32gb)… then I’m 80% sure I’ll be jumping…

    • Anonymous

      You could always sell it too, I’m sure a buyer/reseller/refurbisher might give it a fair price if it is in mint or in good condition.

  • lucent6408d

    REALLY ? it looks just like 4.3. I thought that it was going to be different. this is why I went to apple for a little bit, just to see something different. C’mon Google. the phone might be great but its extremely boring.

    • Jeff

      Then do something with it. Install a launcher, use custom themes, load a custom Rom. It may come as a shock to you, but Android allows for customization.

    • Chris

      A 100% new UI may not come till 5.0. This IS after all a .x update.

    • Chris

      I don’t understand. It took Apple 6 years to change the look of iOS. Android has had the Holo look for only 3 years, yet people are complaining they need to change it. Chill out.

  • pd240

    Still happy with my G2 purchsase. It will be the closest thing to a nexus 5 on verizon. The phone already has some great developer support.

    • Artune

      Agreed, love my G2 with Unlimited!

    • Skittlez

      i love my G2 on verizon, but the restrictions on ridiculous. It’s a great phone, but IMO, Nexus is still the better device. All features Android make will be available to you, where the G2 has handicaps.

      • Droid 1967

        what handicaps are you talking about?

        • RavnosCC

          unlimited tethering for one…

          • Droid 1967

            i already have that on my G2. Xda is your friend

          • RavnosCC

            now I just need $500 or so bucks… 😀

          • Droid 1967

            well that’s defiantly not a G2 problem 🙂
            If you are due an upgrade you can put it on a 12 month payment plan that’s what i did i plan on paying it off early but needed to keep cash reserve as i had something that i want sure what cash layout would be. Who knows maybe Verizon will pull a nexus 5 out of its hat but i really doubt it i think that is one of the reasons for the “GLITCH” lock people in for 2 more years.

        • Skittlez

          NFC restrictions. can’t use tap to pay with google wallet, even if you’re rooted running a custom ROM

          • Droid 1967

            That is a google wallet restriction due to no secure element not really an nfc(per protocol) limitation but this is true no secure element. I dont use that so easy to over look 🙂

          • Skittlez

            it wasn’t just that. it was just a tip of the ice berg for me. for me, i just want to be able to use all of the features of Android without having to worry about something stopping me.

          • Droid 1967

            understood. i still think the secure element part of wallet is going away but nothing printed that is jsut my thought from what ive seen happening but well see.

  • mh0520

    So, it seems like they’ve followed in the moto X’s footsteps and removed Browser in favor of Chrome. At least this video and the previous leak seems to show that unless I’m just missing it. I have a feeling some people won’t be pleased about that. Doesn’t matter so much with Nexus phones to which it can easily be added but anyone with a carrier phone might have a little more trouble.

    • Trysta

      That started with the Nexus 7 IIRC. And any carrier phone will include the stock browser. Both Samsung and HTC do this even though they were released with Jelly Bean which does not include the Browser on stock.

      • mh0520

        I’m behind the curve, I guess then. I’ve been using unofficial cyanogenmod on my droid incredible for the past 1.5 years or so. So, I’m not really clear what comes stock on android anymore. That being said, I didn’t have the stock browser on my vzw moto x until I restored it from titanium backup but that’s probably because they did very little skinning on it. I didn’t realize that it had been phased out already on newer devices.

        • Matthew Rebmann

          Pretty sure it was with the release of 4.1 that they dropped the stock browser… all the browsers that are on HTC’s and Sammy’s phones are browsers they themselves made.

          • mh0520

            What about Motorola on older devices? I know someone with the Razr Maxx (not the HD version) and it’s on 4.1 and it has the stock browser. Just curious.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Those were devices that were upgraded from previous versions of Android though. They wouldn’t go through and remove an APK off the average consumers phone all willy-nilly. Any phone that’s released with 4.1+ just doesn’t have it included anymore.

            Anyone is welcome to correct me if I’m wrong but I’m pretty certain of it.

          • mh0520

            That sounds like it makes sense to me. Thanks for clearing that up for me.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            No problem at all, mate 🙂

          • Tim242

            The browsers on Samsung and HTC phones are AOSP WebKit browsers, with theming and tweaks.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            Ah, thanks for clearing that up 🙂

  • cheese

    this phone is pure SEX

    • Steve B

      And just think, this is the unfinished product.

  • zack

    It’s a old video. KeyLimePie, Old youtube app, etc. It’s obvious.

    • muddy46

      Its not an old video, just an original prototype of this phone. Clearly this is quite different then the nexus 5 caught on video from Googles kitkat statue unveiling.

  • Tyson

    Verizon, make this available on your network, and let Google submit updates, like Apple is allowed to with their devices on your network. Stop with the double standard, and give consumers the options they deserve.

    • LANCE

      well said, but Verizon are bungholes and wont do it. they only let apple do it because of larger volume of sales

      • Chris

        at that time, the iPhone was still the top king. Well now, two years later, android has taken reign .

        • pappy53

          iPhone is still king. More than 50% of all smartphones sold by the 4 major carriers are iPhones.

          • Liderc

            no… Android devices own over 65% of the market. Do some fact checking.

          • J Dub

            2 different metrics. U.S. carriers aren’t the world. Both could very well be true.

          • Droid 1967

            he said the 4 major carriers i believe that was pertaining to us carriers??

          • Jon

            People need to make the distinction that android devices != apple iphones. Android devices could be any of 100 or so handset models from a dozen manufacturers, while apple devices could be any of iphone, iphone2g, 3g, 3gs, 4, 4s, 5, 5s? 8 devices total? A very overwhelming majority of which are at least 3g’s, which narrows that list down to mostly 6 handsets, with VZ only supporting as of the 4’s? Now we’re down to 4 handsets. To allow apple to submit updates directly to the four apple handsets on the VZ network seems like a power move VZ can’t really stand up to. If Google made 4 handsets, and these 4 handsets were a huge share of the handsets sold and operated on the carrier, I’m sure the carrier would allow Google to specify how their phones are updated as well.

          • Droid 1967

            thats funny hope you dont really believe that.

        • Skittlez

          yea, but nexus devices aren’t selling as much as the iPhone did back when they acquired the iPhone

    • Godzilla


    • donkeykong85

      i hate verizon and am stuck with them due to unlimited data. i am hoping this phone comes to verizon.

  • Jeremy Gross


    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      In the cloud.

    • Skittlez

      there’s a 32 also

      • Jeremy Gross

        if i have 40 gb on phone combines with internal and 32 gb micro sd, imma need 64 if all phones are transitioning to no micro sd card slot