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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. 

Notes:

  • 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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Cheers Jordan and Shashi!

  • InclusiontoInnovation

    The phone that makes me leave Verizon … simply don’t want a Galaxy Note 3, HTC One, Moto X or Droid Maxx

  • mike

    i bet verizon will pass again on this phone

    • Justin_Herrick

      Bold prediction! haha

  • Ian Smith

    how much more could possibly leak? i want to be SOMEWHAT surprised!

    • Tim242

      Stop clicking on the leak articles…

  • Andrew Keller

    The only thing that really irks me about the design of the Nexus 5 is the bottom “chin” of the device.

    • 918273645ams

      Yeah, I noticed that. Why must it be so large? They should have matched the G2.

      • Andrew Keller

        It would be awesome if we haven’t seen the final design and a few things were changed before launch, but since we’ve seen the manual, Leno chin included, I doubt that.

  • newsjunkieintl

    Of course, it’s called the Nexus 5. I’ve been saying that since last May. Only ignorant people thought it would be “Nexus 4 v2″ and crap like that.

    1) it’s the gen5 Nexus phone
    2) it’s a 5″ 1080p phone — which Google knows is the minimum you need to bring to the table in 2013 to be a top tier Android phone. (Moto X sucks at 4.7″ 720p, so last year.)

    Thus, Nexus 5.

    • Chris

      Nexus 4 second edition

      • newsjunkieintl

        The Nexus 4 was the THIRD Nexus phone to have 4″ screen or larger. BUT, it’s the only gen4 Nexus. There won’t be another.Next one is gen5. Google doesn’t look backwards.

        Thus no more “Nexus 4″, next one is Nexus 5.

    • Skittlez

      i’m not arguing anything, but the only people that are calling it the Nexus 5 right now are websites getting nexus leaks. right now it’s officially just the D-820

  • dryyourtears

    Verizon already has it it’s called the G2 and it has a camera and a battery that don’t belong in 2009. Enjoy.

    • LANCE

      G2s software is atrocious though, great hardware specs but LG fudged the software

    • Skittlez

      i have, and love my G2, but this is nowhere near a nexus device

      • Skwisgaar

        Nowhere near a Nexus device??? You do realize that G2 you have is where this Nexus is being derived from right? In fact, the Nexus is a more stripped down form of the G2. (Smaller screen, less battery, lower quality camera, etc.) Don’t know why people are always so eager to jump on the “If it’s not a Nexus it’s sub-par!” bandwagon. Wow…it’s got a newer version of Droid that everything else will eventually have too. BFD.

        • Skittlez

          Nexus devices aren’t about the specs. it’s about the android experience. i still have my Gnex(running 4.3.1 mind you) and i had a Nexus 4. if it wasn’t for the battery life getting so bad on my Gnex, i would gladly still be using it, but i needed something to get me through the day. it was just done. Nexus mean’s no restrictions. on the Gnex, yes Google wallet was restricted, but all i had to do is download an apk, and it was working perfectly. with the G2, i can’t use wallet to pay for things no matter what. no secure element. and then they let you download isis, but that doesn’t work either. and the next nexus will be on 4.4, and i bet you the G2 will still be on 4.2.2, even when 4.4.1 is out. All that being said, the G2 is a great phone, but when it comes down to the whole experience, IMO, any nexus device beats it. some people don’t care to have an over 5 inch screen, or a slightly smaller battery(which i’m sure will be just fine) or the best camera on a phone. i’m sure the 8MP with OIS will get the job done. now when you start talking price, ~$400 range vs $600, thats when the nexus starts looking even more appealing.

      • Droid 1967

        it is as near a nexus as you’ll ever get on Verizon.
        You have to update your self which Loki will allow.
        Verizon did not treat the galaxy nexus as a nexus they don’t update it worth a crap.
        The G2 is a better Nexus hardware wise minus envelope tracking which i still dont believe will save 20% battery life But its not needed g2 has awesome battery life.
        The greatness of a nexus device is updates as the hardware is never the top dog out there. And Verizon wont allow the updates so their is theoretically no such thing as a nexus phone on Verizon.

        • Skittlez

          the fact that i can’t use ALL of the features google offers, makes this phone not better than a nexus device. nexus experience is just easy and there’s no dumb skin either. G2 performs amazingly, don’t get me wrong, but the fact that i have to choose a different wallpaper than my regular one, and i can’t even access wallpaper apps when choosing the lockscreen wallpaper annoys the hell out of me, and i can’t even use tap to pay with google wallet, a feature made by google, even if i was rooted with a custom ROM. phone doesn’t have secure element for it. So what if the battery is a bit smaller than the Nexus? everything else is the same, plus there’s no skin to drain any extra battery, and it’s much easier to deal with and there’s less wait time for ROM’s and for dev’s to get on board.

          • Droid 1967

            as i noted already yup no secure element well see if the nexus has it im not sold that google wallet is staying around . as for the rest. much of that is not available on stock android now. dont know with 4.4 But i am betting that you wont see a huge lag in roms for g2 than with the nexus. that’s just my hunch from what i see is going on with this device already. But although i dont have an issue with the things you mention i do understand and think you will be pleasantly surprised on some fronts.

          • Skittlez

            it’s just preference i guess. i just love the stock android experience and love the developer community for nexus, especially ones that get the updates straight from google. The Gnex on verizon was great, but when 4.3 was out, there was a problem with data handoffs and you had to turn airplane mode off then on again to reconnect to data, and the only fix is the new radios that are compatible with 4.3. getting a google play nexus will never run into those kind of issues, and stock android is my niche

          • Droid 1967

            Agreed BUT that is not an option on verizon as we already saw :)
            and the data thing is wierd on 4.3 i never had a problem with my rom but some did. I am told the latest update to 4.3 fixes it. But i stopped romming for now so i dont know.

  • jim

    I see alot of damage on the camera with it sticking out past the body

  • jim

    Look like nexus 4 , galaxy nexus, nuttin new here, everyone move along nothin to see here

    • DJ SPY

      You do realize that the main point of Nexus devices is not so much hardware but software right?

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        Jellybean and so on has been the same with some minor and major additions, but hardware is expected in 2013.

        • Adrynalyne

          Your entire comment contradicts itself.

          How can you be the same with minor and major additions?

      • donkeykong85

        and to add to that my gnex is running 4.3 perfectly at the moment.

  • Trex

    Don’t even see the hype with this phone, Id rather buy the note 3

    • jim

      I agree, nothing ive seen comes close the the note 3

    • Godzilla

      so go fuckinggg buy it then

    • InclusiontoInnovation

      Though I wanted the note 3 … but OMG … it is huge … :)

    • Chris Gates

      The Nexus will most likely cost $299, the same amount for a carrier locked Note 3 with a two year contract. With the nexus you are getting an unlocked phone running vanilla android.

      Enjoy your Touchwiz and Knox.

    • Akashshr

      Hello there dinosaur! :-) Not because they are big..You know because of..

  • Tyler Casilio

    I’m not that impressed by the video, but they didn’t really show off what’s NEW in KitKat so I guess time will tell

  • Guest

    Verizon doesn’t deserve the Nexus line of devices. They are too greedy and want full control of your device and soul.

    • Peter Blanco

      Hey, I used to work at Verizon! Who am I kidding, they’re awful. They tried to take my soul and I left for Best Buy Mobile, never looking back.

  • DJ SPY

    Not happy about texts and hangouts being jammed together. I don’t like the idea of having to be logged in to Google to have to text.

    • Brian Menius

      What guarantee do we have that SMS and MMS will require a login?

      … but beyond that, you’re already logged in when using Messaging as it exists today. You are logged in as soon as you set up the phone.

      • DJ SPY

        I have Google+ and hangouts disabled on my devices. I’m only logged in to gmail and I guess the play store.

        • Brian Menius

          That’s fair, but you’re still giving Google more than you probably realize.

          • DJ SPY

            You might be right about that but still, the fact that I am (more than likely, we’re not sure like you said) being forced to use one of their services to be able to use another is what’s bothering me.

          • Brian Menius

            Completely understandable. I can’t wait to see the .apk teardown on the new Hangouts to see what we’re up against.

          • Matthew Rebmann

            I’m pretty confident that you will still be able to disable the G+ side of things. Just because the app can handle both SMS and G+Messaging doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll require you to be logged in to text through the app.

    • Trysta

      +1
      Me neither. I’m hoping it is optional. But it is kind of a scary direction that google is going requiring Google+ for everything…

      I’m assuming 3rd party sms apps will still work? I only use 3rd party apps for texting anyway

  • willis

    ok guys, what are the chances verizon actually has this? It is almost time to upgrade my galaxy Nexus.
    If they dont, who should I switch to. I live in Nashville TN, I havent really looked at switching since verizon bought out GTE here. who has the best rates to coverage ratio?

    • John Smith

      AT&T Go Phone.

    • Godzilla

      zero

    • acras

      Best thing to do is ask around your area , check coverage maps , and if you have a few bucks to spare , buy a cheap burner phone and test drive another carrier for a month before dropping Verizon. Don’t port your # just use the cheap prepaid phone to call a few people you know to see how it does in your area , use some data, etc. Then if you find out no one has coverage you need but V you aren’t out too much.

  • Richard Giordano

    good looking design hopefully the next nexus Verizon will try to get on their network. like the nexus 7 2013

  • vincent scala

    i got the lg g2 if an aosp rom doesn’t come out for it then i’ll most likely grab this but if it do i’d rather the G2 running stock 4.4 or even 4.3 since i’m not too impressed yet wit 4.4 i’d stick with the G2 because of the better camera, larger battery and headphone jack at the bottom besides i’m happy with the G2 after rooting and tweaking

    • pd240

      Some great devs over on xda have most of the bugs worked out on a cm 10.1 ROM. It shouldnt be long till we have some AOSP on the G2.

      • Skittlez

        must be on a GSM model…lame

        • Droid 1967

          I dont understand do you want to hate this phone(G2)

          http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=46407049&postcount=138

          It has problems but it says

          What’s working since the last one:
          Audio
          Radio + data + texting
          Wifi
          Sensors
          Lights
          Camera and panorama (no camcorder just yet)

          The only Verizon related problem is radio and data which is working . I haven’t tried it as i really have never had luck with CM and i really am not unhappy with LG’s software after i fixed a few things with it.

          Its early as long as you dont take an update from verizon that kills Loki you will have kitkat on the G2. I am 99% sure of this.
          Unless there is some hardware on the phone that insures the phone doesn’t work without only LG software on it. Which ive never seen yet But wouldn’t put it past them.

          • Skittlez

            when did i ever say i wanted to hate this phone. i haven’t even seen any mention of the CM ROM on the xda list under Android Development(verizon). i was saying lame because it wasn’t an option for the Verizon version and i’d like to try it if it was.

          • Droid 1967

            ok thing we’ve went over everything in other posts the link i provided is actually only for Verizon Version. by the time kitkat comes we will already have a great idea on what needs to be done. Other than Wallet(although i still am not sure this wont be possible in the future) I dont think the secure element on hardware was a great choice it is not on the new nexus 7 so i think there will be another option for this. Just a total guess from what weve seen going on. And just for some info The g2 has some serious development work going on already I think you will not end up disaponted with this phone. Of course if verizon surprises an comes out with a nexus 5 on it than that could change the game but if this is the nexus 5 alternative on verizon youll see a lot of dev for it.

          • Skittlez

            i know the link is for verizon. i’m just saying that when you look here….

            http://forum.xda-developers.com/lg-g2/development-verizon

            there’s nothing about an AOSP ROM or CM, so i thought the unofficial CM was referring to the GSM model

          • Droid 1967

            gotcha. it is in a wierd place. But i have never had luck with cm so the only good thing is once its running than we have good device and vendor to have other roms.

  • Beesty

    let’s get ‘em wallpapers!

  • Ryan Rhodes

    my body is ready

  • trwb

    Ugly

    • Jeff

      Simple.

  • NexusMan

    Am I only the 2nd person who thinks this thing is ugly? Not excited at all (in terms of looks of this prototype). It’s gonna need some kick ass features on the software end to get me going….and there’s no way this is gonna be another Nexus 4. Has Google ever called a new Nexus phone by the same name of the previous model? We didn’t get the Nexus One 2.

    • hoodieNation

      Nope, this phone is butt ass ugly. But if it comes to Verizon I will buy it.

      • Chris Gates

        1. It’s butt ass ugly but you still want to buy it?
        2. It won’t be coming to Verizon so don’t worry, this butt ass ugly device won’t get the opportunity to grace your pockets.

        • hoodieNation

          1. Yes, as crazy as it sounds some people do indeed like Nexus phones and do not care if they look bland.

          2. That’s a shame as my pockets are freaking awesome.

      • NexusMan

        What phone are you using now?

        • hoodieNation

          Still on my S3.

    • John Smith

      display is all that matters. case covers everything else, silly.

      • NexusMan

        Cases are silly, imo. I don’t use cases on phones, so much more matters to me than display…like functionality, software/features, camera, size, form factor, battery life, and design/aesthetics, etc….

        • John Smith

          i like a nice thin slim plain TPU case from Diztronic. a naked phone needs a little protection. my point with display is “all that matters” is that’s all you will see. of course other features are important but if you use a slim protective case all you will see is the display.

          • NexusMan

            Again, I don’t use cases, slim or not. I think they are redundant and often times ugly. If a phone is designed properly and you’re not a total klutz, there should be no need for a case. Any high end device I would be interested in these days already has an attractive design aesthetic, so why would I cover that up with something else that hides it’s beauty and feel and adds bulk and weight? Smartphone cases are the equivalent of plastic covering on nice furniture.

          • John Smith

            to each his own. i’m pretty careful but i like a little protection – just in case.

    • Godzilla

      it’s a phone, get over it.

  • WickedToby741

    “Google Experience Launcher”

    Could this mean we’ll see this hit the Play Store as a separate app?

    • DJ SPY

      That’s the hope around these parts

    • Brian Menius

      That’s what Artem was speculating on G+. I fully support Google’s push to make more system apps available in the store.

  • Skittlez

    by the way…this guy has massive hands

    • Skittlez

      oh yea, the downvote trolls are out today

      • Skittlez

        oh yea!!! bring on more downvotes!

        • Skittlez

          i’ve almost got my special!!! lets do this!!!!

  • Skittlez

    freaking badass looking phone

  • jbdan

    Looks great to me even as a prototype. Can you say MATTE! Hope that part stays. I’m counting the days till this thing goes live in the play store. Early Christmas gift this year!

    • zurginator

      Matte is Google’s thing. The N7s are both matte, the N10 is matte, the N4 is matte, the Nexus One was matte…

      • jbdan

        No. The N4 is not matte. It’s got a shiny glass back. I had one….

        • tyguy829

          i think he means the sides

  • @1MPitts

    I know somebody has that Hangouts apk

    • Godzilla

      blah blah blah

  • Drew_VA

    Rumors are pointing to an announcement on Tuesday. You heard anything concrete on your end Kellex?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    What’s the app next to phone icon in the launcher? it’s green.
    I’m so excited about this google home thing, but i’ve said that already.
    Comparing the bottom bezel to the moto x, it’s not small enough. I like the bottom speakers. The circular earpiece makes sense, i like the idea. Not so much the looks.

    • zurginator

      Bezel is large because of said bottom speaker(s). Also because LG G2. Green icon is Hangouts.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths

        At 7:09? That can’t be hangouts and I have not seen it before.

        • zurginator

          7:09 doesn’t have anything shown. :P

          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Haha my mistake. I meant 4:55

          • mh0520
          • Daeshaun Griffiths

            Thank you. Would’ve never guessed.

          • mh0520

            Yeah, it’s hard to make out the label in the video. Seems odd that it’s in there when there appears to be mostly (only?) google apps and system apps.

  • opels

    There is a Printer option jejej. No one realise.

    • Brian Menius

      That’s said to be a native option in some of the apps on one of the tester phones that has been documented previously. It’s long overdue, IMO.

  • bluemon

    I see the youtube app still takes ages to load….

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      That is the old youtube app, bluemon.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        New one still lags. No HD etc

        • Godzilla

          no HD? How do you figure?

        • Skittlez

          no HD? huh?

  • tbell

    Gallery is still there

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    The design is very meh. Camera is ugly as well. Its a cheap off contract phone so can’t complain i guess.

    • Jeff

      But you still do.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        But but but but but

  • Saif

    KeyLimePie !!!

    • Brian Menius

      Yeah, I was hoping they’d show the build number so we could determine the build date. I imagine it’s an old build.

      • Marsg

        Or Google is just messing with us about the whole Kitkat thing and it’s really keylimepie, not once has Kitkat been mentioned in any leak to this point in the system files, but keylimepie is all over the place not to mention a Google employee posted that pic of keylimepie Android on Google + and the small glimpse of an android eating a keylimepie pie at Google IO

        • Skittlez

          why do people still want it to be called keylimepie. if it was going to be called keylimepie, that 4.4 statue would look very different

          • Marsg

            I don’t care what it’s called as long as we get a shiz load of enhancements especially since we have been on 4.x for 2 years and have only seen a few small tweaks here and their, Google has been focusing more on their apps than on Android.. With that said I’m just pointing out Kitkat hasn’t been mentioned once In any leak or teaser, so it’s kinda weird when you have all signs pointed at keylimepie but it’s called Kitkat.

          • Brian Menius

            Don’t sell Google short. They have spent a lot of effort moving critical updates into the services framework rather than packaging them with OS updates. That will go a long way toward keeping phones current without relying on carriers and manufacturers to get full OS updates out.

          • Marsg

            You’re missing the point, their services aren’t exclusive to Android, even the iPhone has the latest version of Google Apps. I want improvements to Android not just their services, the biggest improvements we have gotten since 4.0 was project butter and lockscreen widgets. They could try improving keyboard since it’s something we use daily(I occasionally still see a lagg when typing in a browser url), they could also do something about that 10ms delay between touching an app and it actually launching

          • Brian Menius

            It’s not that I’m missing the point; rather, I don’t share that concern. :)

          • Marsg

            You’re not concerned that iPhone users received like 90% of the updates we received on Android since 4.0 and their on iOS. That’s like Apple giving you siri, airplay, desktop sync, iTunes compatibility (although I doubt anyone wants that feature)

          • Brian Menius

            100% unconcerned. You’re correct.

            You see, Google’s success is monumentally more important to me than is Apple’s failure. I’m glad to see that they’re seeing adoption of their services in the iOS ecosystem in a manner that drives them to continuously improve those offerings.

          • Marsg

            How is adoption of Google services hindering iPhone/ipad sales, if anything its helping their sales, what incentive do they have to switch to Android knowing they can get the same apps/features on an iPhone. There so many iPhone users that use Google services on a daily basis but then turn around to bash Google and Android. On the other hand there’s Android users switching to iphones just to have a certain key feature that’s only available on iPhone.

          • Brian Menius

            It’s. Not. That. Serious.

            Who cares if someone prefers iOS? Let them; Google and Android aren’t suffering without them.

          • Marsg

            I don’t care if ssomeone prefers iOS but kinda feeling left out when all our features are going to iOS meanwhile features from iOS I would like on Android aren’t coming, I would love to have something similar to airplay, it’s probably the only feature on iOS I care for, but the closest thing we have is miracast which has a pretty big latency and no support from google or Chrome cast which only streams videos from sites like Netflix which my T.V already does on its own. I’m saying I would like to see awesome features come to Android not just improvements to Google services.

          • Brian Menius

            Fair point. I’ve wanted something as well-designed as iMessage since… forever.

          • Adrynalyne

            I know, lets make every OS the same with each one having the same features and abilities!

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Did you seriously just bitch about a 10ms delay between touching an app icon and launch? 10 milliseconds? Dude, seriously. There are a whole subset of humans that have vaginas. One of them will surely be interested in sharing it with you. Take advantage. Profit.

          • acras

            we’re still going to be on 4.x , and just like tha article explains about this leak , most of the leaks we’ve seen are from before the Kit Kat announcement , or before the developers have changed names and logos to match the version name.

          • Marsg

            I hope you’re right, cause everything software wise looks like a disappointment the only exception being the built in printer feature and the Google now integration.

          • Skittlez

            right but all the leaks have also shown that(as far as actual software images) the phone is either a prototype, which is running an early build, or the leak is from an early build. i’m sure recent builds haven’t leaked yet

          • Marsg

            Theirs no doubt the phone is a prototype, and that probably is an early build, but even early builds give some clue in to which direction it’s headed, from the video it just seems their focusing more on their key services and trying to integrate them with apps we use regularly like SMS and hangouts, gallery and Google+ from the other leaks. These aren’t really new features their just new ways of doing the same thing, and kind of a preference thing since some people don’t use google+ or even hangouts. The most interesting things I have noticed from these is the Google now integration, print built in(I hope theirs a wifi option and not Googles e-print service, and GEL which I’m hoping is something similar to Apex/Nova launcher settings.

        • Brian Menius

          While it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility, you’d probably have better luck trying to get Santa Claus to bump uglies with the Easter Bunny. Google and Nestle wouldn’t have wasted all that effort for nothing.

        • Larizard

          I don’t know about you, but that debugging icon with a slice of lime, and two sticks sticking out to make the android antennae– that was fuc**ing brilliant. If I was the one who designed that, I would be REALLY pissed at this KitKat sh*t.

    • Ian Smith

      tell me you aren’t running Honeycomb.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        That looks like a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 running Jelly Bean. Keep in mind that the old Android tablet interface was used on Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean 4.1 before being ditched in Jelly Bean 4.2.

  • Tim242

    That bottom bezel is way too big. It has on screen buttons. The device looks pretty thick too

    • Trevor

      I agree. Wonder what their reason is for that. Also wonder what that is on the bottom left corner of the front of the device, almost looked like a little speaker grill, but that would be an odd place to put it. Whatever it is might explain why the bottom bezel is larger though.

      • tyguy829

        it’s an identification number for the prototype. if google can make out the numbers/letters, somebody is in trouble

        • Trevor

          I was wondering that. So they just blurred them out or made them unreadable somehow.

    • Skittlez

      it looks pretty bad ass

    • Rambir

      Much like the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus, not to mention the Nexus 7.

    • Tillman

      Large bezel on bottom helps with comfort while pressing on screen buttons. The smaller the bezel, the further you have to reach your thumb to your pinky. Try it and see how uncomfortable that is. I can’t imagine the phone will be thicker than any other flagship phone on the market.

      • Tim242

        Regardless of how much people try to hold on to this one-handed notion…these are two-handed devices. The G2 doesn’t have all that bezel.

        • zurginator

          It does actually – this has almost same profile (It’s slightly more round). The G2 just seems smaller because it’s occupied by the big LG logo.

          As for reasons on the bottom bezel:
          1) As mentioned above, ergonomics.
          2) LED, Loudspeaker, and Micro USB are down there – if you move the screen down, you restrict space for those (speakers especially like more space)
          3) Because it’s built on the G2 it’s… well, built like the G2.

          • Tim242

            This phone is not modeled on the G2. The G2 has the smallest bezels of any phone, slightly less than the S4.

        • Skittlez

          i agree with tillman, and i still can use my g2 with one hand. maybe you just have smaller hands

    • Godzilla

      wouldnt a man such as yourself appreciate a big assss? does it not make it easier to um……..”get into to”??

  • Daniel Grabowski

    There is an icon in the app drawer that says GEL Stub (Google Experience Launcher) [IDK what Stub refers to]. So I’m going to assume this was an old version of the now much more updated launcher.

  • hoodieNation

    Now just give it to Verizon and I’ll be happy.

    • bluemon

      I just want that Verizon logo on the front bottom bezel… that would be perfect

      • Hans Dirk Kwazneski

        lol, that made my day. Make a soft key for it! Take me to verizon apps!

      • WickedToby741

        I just hope Verizon gets this and replaces the virtual home button with a Verizon logo. Oh, and please delay all updates by 4 months and take away tap & pay support. I prefer my network extra “secure”.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

          And lets not forget all the great apps that Verizon adds. Boy i cant wait, ha not! Tmobile for the win.

          Android rules.

      • Adam Truelove

        I want it across the screen. Like a permanent Verizon watermark across the entire display. That would be really great.

    • Mayoo

      People still have respect for Verizon? I’m not in the U.S. but after everything I’ve read about them, I’m really happy they turned back on trying to sell their service in Canada.

      • hoodieNation

        I get a 20% discount and their service it’s substantially better than any other carrier in my area. 30mbps downloads at my house, and I’m still on unlimited. I’ve got no complaints.

        • Mayoo

          Thanks for clearing that out.

        • newsjunkieintl

          and to stay on “unlimited” you have to pay in full for your devices. No “contract” prices. (A friend at work is in same situation.) If Verizon sold this, the non-contract price would be like $600. So, I hope Google makes a Verizon variant just for people like you. :) Sold only by Verizon, not in the Google store. Will get any updates 12 months after everyone else. Would you still be happy?

          You can go buy the Verizon version of the G2 right now. Pay in full.

      • donkeykong85

        nobody has respect for them but a lot of us are stuck with them for one reason or another.

  • Brian Menius

    I have 42 apps per page on my Note II. There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell I can go back to having 24 (as shown in this video) or 20 (as shown in yesterday’s leak). I hope part of the “Google Experience” launcher is the ability to custom-size the grid.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Unlimited folder space

    • Alex S

      You could just use a different launcher…

      • Brian Menius

        Right, such as the launcher I’m currently using to get a 42-piece grid.

        … point is, I’d like to be satisfied with stock Android in stock form. We’re getting closer and closer to the point that such an idea an become reality.

        I got rid of the crap-ass TouchWiz launcher on my Note II as soon as I could.

    • Guest

      You mean your gigantic screen holds more apps per page? Sounds about right.

      • Brian Menius

        Don’t be obtuse. It’s a half inch larger than the Nexus 5 screen.

        • acras

          Slap a 56 or 60 icon grid on your app drawer to get the feel for 42 on this smaller screen . Whether or not you want to be happy with stock android , you obviously aren’t , so take advantage of the customizing available to you and use another launcher , if you are worried about taking up precious storage , remove the stock browser . There are limits to what Google developers can focus on in builds .

          • Brian Menius

            Lot of assumptions going on there, but okay- thanks!

  • sc0rch3d

    KEEP is there and MESSAGING is gone :)

    • seryozha

      I also noticed the messaging missing :O

  • Adam

    Whether or not you buy this phone it is awesome to see no Messaging app in the drawer.

  • Brian Menius

    The earpiece opening looks a bit unfinished to me.

    • muddy46

      Not to mention the missing “NEXUS” branding on the back of the phone isnt there either.

      • StuckOnVerizonForever

        And it’s missing 16gb.

        • michael arazan

          The casing almost looks like a vulcanized rubber, can clearly tell its a prototype

          • deadpenguins

            I know someone who had a hands on with the nexus 5 last week. Unfortunately, he said it feels very cheap in comparison to the nexus 4 or the moto x. So bad, apparently, that he’s totally put off by the device. But that’s just one person’s opinion.

          • malcmilli

            i wouldnt know how my nexus 4 feels since its been in a case since day one. -.- i hate glass fragility and cases.

          • Tweekex

            It has been more durable than any other phone I have owned (Sans OG Droid)

          • malcmilli

            do you go caseless? Have you ever dropped it? (seriously questions)

          • Tweekex

            I always go caseless and have dropped it more than my S3 which is now cracked and my N4 looks as new as the day I bought it.

    • master94

      And if you look close the phone is scratched. No way it’s a final build.

      • iSEEEEU

        I just noticed that too. Hopefully the build quality isn’t bad

        • zurginator

          It’s an LG. Say what you want about them, but their top-tier devices have always had solid build. I would even go as far as to say the N4 is the best built phone I’ve ever held.

          • ferrari187

            Hold a Motorola phone

          • zurginator

            I have. Never really liked the Razr series, but the X is nice…. probably feels about as good as the N4 IMO, just a ‘chalky’ texture instead of the glass/rubber.

          • ferrari187

            Well aesthetics aside, just build quality is top notch with the RAZR lines. I have a N4 and am pretty happy but it misses small details like the glass front and metel edge meet with a little gap where dust and sand can get in it and get stuck. Nit picking I knowknow
            This n5 looks amazing

          • Droidzilla

            I had the OG Droid and the Droid RAZR and I’ll say that my Nexus 4 is better built than either of those phones without reservation. Just my experience.

          • Andrew

            The LG G2X was one of the worst phones I’ve ever had. It bricked doing an official update and I had to send it in for repair. In addition, the GPS was prone to randomly losing it’s lock and not working again for days. Hopefully Google has higher standards for the devices LG makes for them.

          • Josh Meade

            really? try the vzw galaxy s3.ou get 15lbs of bloatware, a heavily locked bootloader, the touchshit skin, and it is still on 4.1.2

          • JoshGroff

            My note 2 is on 4.1.2 on t mobile. Unlocked bootloader and rooted though, just haven’t flashed anything yet.

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            have no problems with a gps fix on my nexus 4. maybe thats software issues.

          • HarvesterX

            Bricked during an OTA? We’ve only had one OTA update and I fail to see how that tiny update wouls have bricked anything. Sounds like a bad device. Either that or the problem occurred after you rooted and tried to mod something.

            It takes on average 10-15 seconds at the LONGEST for the GPS to lock on (faster if I’m outside). Anybody who sees worse, first try wiping all of the GPS ‘s cached data and then download the GPS assistance files. If you don’t (or can’t) do this manually, then there are 3rd party diagnostic apps in the Play Store that will do all this in one click.

            This applies to any phone really, not just the G2.

          • J Dub

            He said G2x. It’s a different phone. It was one of the first dual core phones. Not the brand new G2.

          • malcmilli

            Everyone OEM has a horror story for one of its old devices. The good thing is that these manufacturers mature and tend to learn from their mistakes.

          • Droid 1967

            This is true i also fell for the G2x piece of crud when i sold it to verizon for i think 27 dollars to get the g2 it still has the plastic on the front as i bought a nexus to use on my tmobile account as the g2x was unusable piece of crud. I can attest after 2 weeks with the G2 this is a different beast They have figured it out apparently as this is a fine device.

          • Turb0wned

            LG is garbage next to Moto and HTC build quality…

          • JoshGroff

            And both pale in comparison to old Nokias.

          • zurginator

            Old Nokia’s (and others) aren’t well built per say – they just have copious amounts of plastic and large bezels – two things that massively improve survivability.

          • deadpenguins

            Sorry to say it, but I know someone who personally held the N5 and he said it feels very cheap.

          • XvierX

            Like $249.99 off contract cheap???

    • AustinM123

      It also has the old youtube app and older key lime pie code name. This video was taken months ago. Keep in mind that this is only a prototype.

    • Godzilla

      lube

  • yummy

    Was it good for you? It was good
    for me. Cigarette?

  • Spoken Word™

    1 word

    2 syllables

    ug·ly

    ˈəglē/

    adjective

    adjective: ugly; comparative adjective: uglier; superlative adjective: ugliest

    1.

    unpleasant or repulsive, esp. in appearance.

    “she thought she was ugly and fat”

    synonyms:unattractive, unappealing, unpleasant, hideous, unlovely,unprepossessing, unsightly, horrible, frightful, awful, ghastly, vile,revolting, repellent, repulsive, repugnant; More

    antonyms:beautiful

    (of a situation or mood) involving or likely to involve violence or other unpleasantness.

    “the mood in the room turned ugly”

    synonyms:unpleasant, nasty, disagreeable, alarming, tense, charged, serious,grave; More

    antonyms:pleasant

    unpleasantly suggestive; causing disquiet.

    “ugly rumors persisted that there had been a cover-up”

    synonyms:horrible, despicable, reprehensible, nasty, appalling, objectionable,offensive, obnoxious, vile, dishonorable, rotten, vicious, spiteful More

    morally repugnant.

    “racism and its most ugly manifestations, racial attacks and harassment”

    synonyms:horrible, despicable, reprehensible, nasty, appalling, objectionable,offensive, obnoxious, vile, dishonorable, rotten, vicious, spiteful More

    Origin

    Middle English: from Old Norse uggligr ‘to be dreaded,’ from ugga ‘to dread.’

    • NexusMan

      Yea. I thought the same thing.

    • Skittlez

      this isn’t the final. this is a protoype

    • Rambir

      1. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, someone else may like the look of things you don’t.
      2. This isn’t even the finished device, it is brand less and the camera protrudes too much compared with the device leaked when the KitKat statue was revealed.

      • zurginator

        Yes, and you are only allowed to like things on this site. :P

    • Trysta

      Everyone also flipped out and screamed ugly about the Nexus 4 when it leaked before release. Not saying you don’t have a right to your opinion but I’ll reserve judgement for the final product and a proper hands on review.

      • zurginator

        I think the reception of the N4 was mostly positive bar the glass back (I know I liked it).

        There are just things I don’t like about this gen’s style – the back camera for one, the earpiece for another, and the Portrait/Landscape LG/Nexus logos.

      • NexusMan

        Of course. I’m just saying that what I see in this video is ugly to me. I’m actually hoping very much so that the final product is not.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      Devices are best with no branding on the front. Your opinion is invalid.

      The CR-48 was one of the most beautiful devices ever.

  • Nayners

    Awesome, DL. Nice Saturday surprise! *wife rolls eyes*

  • Allen Byrd

    Where are the widgets? The widgets menu should stay.

  • VicMatson

    Sorry, I can’t endure 7 minutes without sound.

    • Brian Menius

      You’re not missing a whole lot after the first minute and a half or so, anyway.

      • Adam Truelove

        Right, I hate when people show up new prototype phones and then show apps and settings that are no different from the current versions. I don’t need to see the play store and youtube.

        • interstellarmind

          yeah, seriously. how about showing things like the camera or benchtests?

          • Anonymous

            Do you realize Google and/or LG can penalize this person for doing that? I think they make developers or employees sign an agreement, which makes them lose their rights to show the phone. That is why many developers or employees never show the time or even the settings on the phone because Google can easily track down who is showing off the specs and the phone altogether. They also don’t want competitors to know what they are up to and what the phone has inside. It will just ruin the launch of the phone. But hey, who cares? I just want the phone, these rumors are killing me.

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            your point would be valid if this guy hadn’t shown off the about screen with the build information. he threw away the job of himself or his source by doing that. Showing new features like Adam asked would be better, benchmarks reveal little that can source back to the leaker.

          • ανώνυμος

            Do you realize Google is probably behind this considering he showed the S/N and IMEI? Also Hangouts wasn’t shown. Why? Probably because Google wants to show it off during their launch event. Only theorizing though lol

          • iArmenianOutlaw

            exactly what i think… its already too obvious that they are marketing it this way, especially with the nexus 5 poppin up at the playstore for 349 yesterday and then quickly taken down. lol regardless, im buying this phone

          • michael arazan

            That video was made to ensure plausible deniability, but could of at least tapped the key lime pie to show off the easter egg to let people know it might not of been someone’s Rom creation

          • John Motschenbacher

            benchmarks are soooooo pointless. noobs use them.

        • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

          I think he was teasing us a bit. He kept getting so close to that darn hangouts icon.

        • Brad Truelove

          All I want to see is a Verizon logo on it.

          • Leica Saban

            Verizon’s should NEVER get this phone as they are the most control freak carrier out there – their business motto is completely opposite of google’s.

    • raazman

      As for sound, you could only hear the phone drop on the table and the youtbe video. Nothing great.

  • samosa king

    I’m rather surprised that evleaks hasn’t leaked anything related to the Nexus 5.

  • radiohead14

    looks good. only thing i don’t like is how the camera lens is sticking out a bit (also wish it was centered to avoid finger obstructions). if i was to get this (if vzw gets it).. i would use it without a case, as that matte back looks nice.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    At this rate there may not be anything to be presented at the Google event. I want to know now and I want to be surprised at the same time. #firstworldproblems

    • Marsg

      Google always surprises even with the leaks, when the Nexus 4 leaked nobody expected the 300$ price tag

      • zurginator

        Actually quite a few people did…. was a lot of slamming of people who thought it was going to be in the $400s.

        • Marsg

          Yea and they were off by 100$, they were low balling it and Google whent even lower than anticipated, it was a surprise.

      • newsjunkieintl

        It was the same price as the gen3 Galaxy Nexus 3. $299/$349 for 8GB/16GB storage. I bought two of the 16GB Galaxy Nexus in July 2013 for $349, as the 8GB $299 version had too little storage.

        Google kept the SAME PRICE on the 8GB/16GB Nexus 4. You are saying nobody expected that?

        • Marsg

          When released the galaxy nexus price tag was in the 600s, I would know cause I bought one back in 2011.

          • newsjunkieintl

            I’m talking about on Google Play. You didn’t pay $600 for a Galaxy Nexus on Google Play.

            Google has no control over what ripoff carriers charge for hardware.

            So, NO the Google price for the Galaxy Nexus was NOT $600. It was briefly $350/$400, then quickly dropped to $299/$350, which wass the identical pricing for the successor, the gen4 Nexus 4.

    • Brian Menius

      They still have what’s assumed to be a fairly significant Hangouts update under wraps.

  • samosa king

    DAT BEZEL!!! This better be cheap!
    Cheap = Equal to or less than £350.

  • DanWazz

    I’m in love

  • samosa king

    I WANT THIS NOW!!!!

  • samosa king

    NONOAIDWAIWUBJKE

    • Brian Menius

      … but still without Messaging. :)

      • samosa king

        I think they have combined hangouts and messages.

        • Brian Menius

          Yes, that’s the running rumor right now.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      The youtube app isn’t even updated, I couldn’t really judge the software.