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Nexus 5 Press Renders Leak From Telus, Give Us Another View of a Revamped Kit Kat Launcher

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Three purported press renders of the new Nexus 5 have surfaced this morning, thanks to our friends up north at Canadian wireless provider Telus. The images were sent to Mobile Syrup, giving us one of the cleanest looks at the new Google Experience launcher headed for Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.” We also get another look at the phone’s design, though nothing there is necessarily new. 

But in the image situated top left, you can see the new Android 4.4 home screen in play. We have transparent notification and navigation areas, along with never-before-seen camera and folder icons. We are seeing the new dialer icon, though, along with icons for Google Play, Chrome and Hangouts. As most of you probably know, the default home screen setup for Android has for years included the stock Messaging app, so seeing Hangouts included could be taken as a sign that we’ll get full SMS support in 4.4 forward. We’re also seeing the new app launcher icon and home screen indicator.

It terms of phone design, the front camera, top circular speaker, volume rocker, and power switch are all on display, but the back remains hidden.

No new information in terms of a launch was revealed with this renders, however, we’re still focusing on the end of October as a potential unveiling.

Seeing anything else? Are you as excited now as we are? How hot does that home setup look?

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Via:  Mobile Syrup

  • Kree Terry

    This has a Sony feel to it, i love the shape.

  • John

    here’s a full res version in Android dimensions:


  • Gustavo

    Oh yeah….Starting Price: $349.

  • Gustavo

    It’s going live!!! Go to Play store. Devices… Nexus 4 missing. Go to right of Nexus 10 and click in the blank area. Link to page with the Nexus 5. Click on it and get an “unexpected error.” It’s coming People!!!!

  • Jpx

    TIME 8:40 Means
    4 is HALF of 8
    Telus makes products for healthcare, they give us LIFE
    3 Renders of the device
    HALF-LIFE 3 confirmed!!!!

    someone had to do it

  • Transparent navigation and status bars are nice. Everything else…meh.

  • cwillen

    I like how they’ve removed the black bars from the notification and soft-button bars. This should prevent the burnout you can see on some screens. I know that on my GN, when I tilt it to landscape, you can see where the button and notification bars were. Bravo Google.

    • bvsbutthd101

      kinda weird, I have a GNex and mine doesn’t do that. Also doesn’t the GNex use a Super Amoled screen? Correct if I’m wrong, doesn’t Super Amoled screens actually turn pixels off for blacks. I don’t see how it could burnout that part of the screen.

      • agujeronegro

        This happens on AMOLED screens. Like Samsung Galaxy Nexus, SII, SIII, SIV, Moto X, etc.

        • bvsbutthd101

          That’s what I thought, which is why I don’t see how it could burnout on “cwillen” GNex. Unless “GN” doesn’t stand for Galaxy Nexus.

          • cwillen

            First, it’s not glaring by any means. I often notice it when I’m driving home at night, or anytime where there’s a stark contrast between the area brightness the phone brightness. I didn’t start to notice this until i changed my background to solid white.

            The effect I’m talking about is a slight differentiation in the hues/brightness of the areas that are normally solid black.

            I was surprised as well, because (like you) I didn’t think that could happen.

            All i can say is I see what I see.

      • joejoe5709

        I have a GN and I have some slight burn in. I only really notice it with a white background and the brightness up really high.

  • fish1552

    It’s just nice to see Google refining the system more and more with each update. Sure, adding features is nice, but making the whole interface easier to use and more pleasing to the eyes just makes everything that much nicer to use.

  • Brian Utne

    All I can say is that I’m glad Android is fully customizable.

  • MrBigFeathers

    Me no likey. I don’t care for the transparent background for the status bar and buttons.

    • miri

      Since that behavior is likely only for the stock launcher, if you download a custom one they’ll be opaque. And if you still want the features, it proably won’t be more than a month before other launchers start to get them.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Please let some widgets look like folders.

  • Alex Goings

    I found the real hint. The angle between KitKat fingers. 21 deg. was too small and 28 deg. was too big. 26 deg. was just right. Check it yourself. October 26 confirmed.
    gif of measurement at link.


  • Gnex

    This thing is barely better than the Nexus 4. The iPhone 5S was a much more significant upgrade. SOUND FAMILIAR ANYONE???

    • Skittlez

      barely better? Snapdragon 800 and larger 1080p screen is barely better? i’ve agreed with you a lot in the past but i have to disagree with you on this one

      • Jeff

        And the OIS camera, non-glass back, overall smaller size…

      • Gnex

        I was referring to Ron from the Droid-life show last night. I actually plan on buying the N5 the day it comes out. Derp. No trolling intended

      • Gnex


    • I never said the 5S was a much more significant upgrade.

  • SecurityNick

    Though I like a shortcut to Search, does anyone else think that the Google Search Bar (which you can’t actually type into) at the top of the phones is a waste of space? (obviously this has been on the phones for a while, but just would have figured if Google was redesigning they would have come up with a better solution)

    • HarvesterX

      I don’t know anybody who actually uses the search bar. I just keep it on my home screen to have to the default Google look… Lol.

  • Tony Byatt

    Ron disapproves…

  • Shawn John

    The deal breaker for me will be wi-fi calling and IR sensor, those two features for what I do is a must. My Nexus 4 doesn’t have wifi calling and no IR sensor, could not imagine upgrading my phone and STILL not having those features. Im waiting, if not it will be Note 3 for me.

  • shelderman

    the folders look different dont they?

  • Jeff Brown

    We dont want renders, we want real pic and video like this one. http://www.actualtecnologia.com/primer-video-del-nexus-5-en-accion/

  • onDroid

    Still hate that phone icon

  • turdbogls

    new folder background as well.
    I like the camera Icon (never disliked the JB camera icon tho.
    still getting used to the phone icon
    everything else is a WIN in my book.

  • Geoffrey Gunter

    I like most of it, but I’m not sure how I feel about the app launcher and the folder changes. I do like the frosted glass look, but I’m not sure I like it for those particular things.

  • RabRab

    are they killing off the messaging app and just going to use hangouts now?

    • turdbogls

      thats the rumor. SMS/MMS/messaging/video calling all in one.
      possible google voice integration as well.

  • Devon

    all these homescreen changes really show the influence chromeos is having on android especially with the rumored circular folder icons that chromeos is getting

    • Kenton Douglas

      It’s the merger of the two that people always talk about – except it’s going to happen at the UI and application level rather than the system level.

    • Adrynalyne

      Those round folders were in 4.1,2,3 as well.

      And maybe ICS? I can’t remember that far back.

      The new one is just flat.

      • Devon

        The rumored chromeos folders at expected to be flat gray circles just like the ones in the picture.

    • miri

      I wouldn’t say one is becoming more like the other, but both are being “Googlified”.

  • NexusMan

    Folders are ugly. Like the current version better.

    • Blue Sun

      I feel the same way about the dialer icon.

      • jbdan

        I thought that the first time I saw it….it doesn’t llok so bad to my eyes anymore. I’m blinded by the excitement maybe? 🙂

        • Blue Sun

          Probably. I just hope you aren’t blinded by excrement. :p

          • jbdan

            Yeah that would not be fun and I hope I would notice at some point :p

    • jbdan

      There might be options to have a diff background for folders maybe? Or a 3rd party launcher would take care of it

  • jscofi

    volume buttons on the left. woot!!

    • jbdan

      wait…if you hold it upside down right?

    • David Henry

      Yup, those are the power buttons, I’m sure it is the volume button on the right

    • ToddAwesome

      you mean just like the Nexii that have come before it?

  • Greyhame


  • Drood Lahf

    These rumors are the only thing holding me back from getting the Note 3.

  • samosa king
    • Steve B

      Oh, you too?

      • samosa king

        Yeah. Penis is so erect *at the moment.

        Edit: *

        • jbdan

          Awe…you were doing so good with just the gif….

          • samosa king

            There. Edited

          • jbdan

            rofl. You rock!

  • Danny Dodge

    Not as nice as my 3310

  • Home setup is pretty irrelevant. I use Apex Launcher. I do like the invisible nav bar though.

    • Jeff

      I agree since I use Nova, mostly because I like to use different icons. I don’t like the invisible bar though. It would be nice if it was an on/off option, but I doubt it will be.

  • Steve B
  • Droid 1967

    more confirmation if you count the (4) items on tsk bar, the dots(5) for the page bar and all icons(9) and (3) softkeys they add up to 21 so this confirms the 21st 🙂

    • Skittlez

      this is joke

      • Droid 1967

        yeah was there any question this wasnt a joke 🙂

  • shelooga

    god this place is sad. which is why i come here 10 times a day. anyone have these white chocolate kitkats? theyre actually orange. and better than the original
    and yeah, i was reminded of the worst move of all time (sans The Happening) by this article: The Number 23.

  • yummy

    Looks like a phone alright

  • Drummer62

    Seems to have much larger side bezels than the G2, weird!

    • joejoe5709

      Different screen in a different chassis. It’s really only loosely based on the G2.

  • Daniel

    I’m glad LG is finally making a phone with the conduction speaker they showed off a while back, looks like it’s one continuous piece of glass on the front without any hole for the speaker at all 🙂

    • joejoe5709

      Confirmed conduction speaker? Kinda makes sense, really.

      That makes the front of the phone relatively waterproof. Great for reaching your hand out of the shower to change songs. I think this might be the first phone I put a screen protector onto. The protector would be one continuous piece with no cutouts for speakers and such. I hate seeing seams on the front that collect dirt and grime.

      • Steve B

        There’s no speaker like this on the Nexus 5. In the video from a couple days ago you can clearly see the ear piece is a shallow circular cut out.

      • JD_26


      • Why use a screen protector on modern gorilla glass screens? At least my Droid X screen never got scratched without a screen protector. For whatever reason my GS3 does though.. Still would rather have that than the degradation in quality caused by a screen protector.

        • miri

          Gorilla Glass can still easily be scratched if it comes into contact with anything that’s harder than glass. Though every day usage or leaving coins/keys in your pocket are likely to be fine, dropping your phone face-down on rough ground or using it at the beach could riddle your screen with little scratches.

    • Justin W

      That’s what a bone conduction speaker looks like? It looks like it’s just a piece of glass with micro-drilled holes in it, though that’s not really telling since this is only a render. Hope it is though – moving tech forward 🙂

  • a3uge

    I love how the lens in the camera icon got ridiculously over-sized…

    • Jondan Rothfus

      That was probably done to emphasize the circle element of the icon. It seems that Google is moving everything slowly over to a circularized look (even the top speaker spot is circular). I’m actually a fan of this idea, and am really hoping other Google apps (G+, Gmail, Play apps, etc.) get this circular love. The circular app icons complement the card style nicely, imo.

  • Bionicman

    hmm wondering if there going to be any surprises to this phone

    • Jondan Rothfus

      It’s already been heavily rumored to have the “Always Listening” feature that debuted with the Moto X. I’m just hoping it has some form of the Active Display. From all of the reviews I read from the Moto X, the Active Display was more of a plus even than the Always Listening. Guess, we’ll wait and find out.

      • joejoe5709

        I doubt Active Display or at least the way Moto does it. Moto uses an AMOLED display that is able to turn off pixels. So it’s my understanding that Active Display would burn up a battery on an LCD screen.

        I almost guarantee some form of Touchless Control will be present. The Snapdragon 800 has this sort of thing built in without all the X8 weirdness. Will be accessible from a locked state like the Moto X? Not sure.

        • Skittlez

          he was saying that active display was the only real Moto X specific feature.

  • Eric Palmero

    Hmmm, stock phone with a hangouts app in place of where the messaging app should be? Thank god for integration! *looks at his picture*

  • anna willoughby

    Gorgeous. May have to go stock for a little while….

  • itpromike

    This looks very iOS7’y… Odd… Not sure why they would go that route.

    • Jondan Rothfus

      You say it looks very iOS7’y. When iOS7 was debuted, people around the web clamored that iOS7 looked very Android-like. So if 4.4 looks like iOS7, which looks like Android, then what you’re saying is that 4.4 is the natural progression from 4.3. 🙂

  • AndrewScottRox

    They left off the spinning rims.

  • jbdan

    One word…. Sexy! One day soon, those of us who’ve been waiting for this will have it in hand!

  • Jeff

    I kind of prefer the black notification and button area instead of transparent.

  • Ferpa

    clearly image with sourceless

  • tyguy829

    Hate to be that guy, but what is up with that bottom bezel?

    • Adrynalyne

      They want to keep the aspect ratio, perhaps?

    • nerds

      nothing. doesn’t look bad at all.

    • Ferpa

      call speaker

    • jbdan

      Looks good to me 🙂

    • joejoe5709

      It is a tad large, but I guess the phone is overall smaller than the N4 but with a larger screen so it can’t be all bad, right?

    • Dan

      Exactly! There is plenty of room there to slap some buttons for common actions, things like home, back, menu maybe even multi-task, just think of all the possibilities!

  • ddevito

    UI changes look like they changed just for the sake of changing. I like it but the whole “flat” design look is so overrated, and is boring.

    • Adrynalyne

      Thats what Apple did.

      Google ripped off Apple! /s

      • ddevito

        Honestly…they kind of did in a way with the flat design.

        • Adrynalyne

          No they didn’t.

          If anyone was ripped off, it was Microsoft. Nobody did flat on a mobile UI before them.

          Flat is nothing new though, so my comment was pretty tongue in cheek.

        • atari37

          You think Google sat around for almost a year, not developing anything new for the next version of Android until they saw IOS 7 and decided to copy it? Hmm…OK

          • ddevito

            I didn’t say anything about the OS update – I’m sure it will be great. And I didn’t say I didn’t like it, I do – but I find the timing of the flat redesign a little…coincidental.

            iOS 7 was unveiled in the spring…it doesn’t take a year to redesign icons.

      • Adrynalyne

        To whoever downvoted me, thanks!

        Just realize you were too damn stupid to see the “/s” for sarcasm.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Or maybe they prefer Apple and need to go find an Apple friendly website to go enjoy.

      • Cyber Jethro

        Android was flat long before IOS.

        • Adrynalyne

          Did you notice the /s ?


          Even literally showing sarcasm on the Internet gets missed.

    • Jondan Rothfus

      I personally think the flat design is much more sensible. If it isn’t flat, then it’s giving the perception of depth. Depth within the OS of a phone is a silly idea to begin with. When video games started moving towards 3D, it made sense; people want to immerse themselves within the world they are playing in, and 3D aids that greatly. Adding depth to design elements of a phone does what? Do you want to immerse yourself within the world of the OS? Do you want the folder icon to look like when you touch the screen that it should have edges and such, only to be disappointed by a flat screen?

  • samosa king

    Wait a min? Where are the speaker grills? Is this fake?

    • Steve B

      Stereo speakers are on the bottom, on either side of the usb port.

      • Adrynalyne

        If its like the G2, no.

        One is a mic, one is a speaker.

        • Skittlez

          G2 GSM model has dual speakers on the bottom. only the Verizon model has 1 speaker

          • Adrynalyne

            I’m not saying you are wrong, but I find it weird that LG does not advertise stereo speakers anywhere.

          • William Schleicher

            No, the left grille is still a mic on the GSM model, just like the iPhone.

          • Skittlez

            not saying you’re wrong, but can anyone with a GSM G2 weigh in and let is know if there’s 2 speakers on the bottom?

  • MichaelFranz

    device is indeed sexy looking. Really digging the minimal but nice UI changes in 4.4. However, im so spoiled by moto with active display and touchless control it would be hard to sacrifice it for this. Eventually moto devices will have it. I expect a skip of 4.3 on some straight to 4.4

    • blix247

      Didn’t moto already confirm 4.3 for the Moto X and Droids? I bet 4.3 by Christmas and 4.4 by March of Next year.

      • MichaelFranz

        true, but you never know if things change they may want to go from 4.2.2 straight to 4.4. would be nice but i think your probably right. although i think verzion gets 4.4 in june

  • Pierito

    Nexus 5?!??! Why haven’t I heard about this!?!?!

    • zach471

      Sssshhhh. It’s a secret!

  • samosa king

    Confirmed: Hangouts replaces SMS app.

  • Kyle Cordiano

    I hope when the Nexus 4 gets updated to 4.4 it will have a transparent status and button controls like the Nexus 5.

    • Steve B

      It will, so will the N7 and N10 and anything else running AOSP.

  • Brandon Hinson

    If you look carefully, you’ll note there are four full bars in the Wifi indicator, and four full bars in the cellular signal. Plus, the time is listed as 8:40. Add together all those digits and you’ve got 20. Plus, given that Canadians prefer 24-hour clocks to the 12-hour a.m./p.m. thing we use here in the states, it’s safe to divide things in half and round up the remainder. That gives us an Official Launch Date Projection Injection of sometime in the next few weeks, give or take.

    • tyguy829

      Really man? Android Central?

      • DanSan

        he finally just learned Ctrl C + Ctrl V.. its okay.

        • Brandon Hinson

          I clearly deleted the part that said Android Central so it’s a little more then just Ctrl C + Ctrl V… Is it against the rules to bring some laughs from one place to another?

      • Brandon Hinson

        Whats wrong with AC? I found it amusing and where the is a a post saying well if you look at the s you could say it’s a 5… come on.. we have to laugh.

  • michael bourgoin

    i’m not familiar enough with press renders and the like, but doesn’t it look like based on the reflection like the glass covers the ear piece hole?

  • mustbepbs

    I really hope they release that launcher to the Play Store. Google is really striving to give people the stock experience with all the apps they’re releasing.

    • Steve B

      THIS ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    • Chris

      But is there such a thing as a launcher that can replace the status bar and pull down menu?? That would be amazing!

      • Justin W

        I’m actually surprised they haven’t ripped that apart yet – it’s the only peice of the experience that needs to be replaced to make it a complete (rather, nearly complete) stock experience within the launcher, app drawer and notification bar.

    • LucasMonroe

      I was just thinking this same thing.

    • Nova does that…

  • Steve B

    Damn, that homescreen looks nice. The launcher looks incredibly polished and the transparent nav and notification bars coupled with the wipe really make this dead sexy. Goddamn December 15th can’t arrive soon enough.

    • MikeCiggy

      I think it looks a bit odd with the dock above the on screen buttons. It just looks out of place. The dock being below the persistent search bar would look more natural me thinks.

      • Steve B

        What? Put the dock at the top? Yikes

        • MikeCiggy

          I don’t have a real answer of how to fix it. I just know the nav bar looks very out of place in that screenshot. Clearly from the down votes im alone on this.

          • Steve B

            Yeah, sorry, I think you’re in the minority here. This is what I’ve been wanting from stock android for quite some time. Might look better once you get used to it or maybe with a different background?

    • Droidzilla

      December 15th?

      • Steve B

        That’s the day I terminate relations with Big Red and activate my previously dormant Nexus 5.

        • Droidzilla

          If you’re on grandfathered unlimited, make sure you sell your plan and don’t just let it lapse. Those things are going for ~$200 right now, and you can do it while you’re still under contract.

          • Adrynalyne

            Hmm, can you do that on family plans? I still have a year left…wouldn’t mind leaving early.

          • Droidzilla

            See above.

          • Adrynalyne

            Wanna buy mine? I know you do!


          • Droidzilla

            I’d be happy to AOL your line for free . . .

          • Steve B

            Yeah, it will be a bit tricky because I used my wife’s upgrade when I got my Gnex, then she used my upgrade when she got her S3. I believe to be able to leave Verizon on the 15th, she’ll have to assume my contract for the remainder of the 6 months. I dunno, family plans are tricky but I’ll figure it out.

          • Droidzilla

            You can sell a single line on a family plan; Verizon allows AOL for that. If the remainder of the family plan is a single line, they’ll simply put it on a Nationwide plan and it’ll keep unlimited.

  • Totally transparent nav/status bars? Even if just for the launcher, that’s a bold move.

    • Steve B

      The status bar is supposedly going to have a slight shadow to it to prevent washout with white(ish) wallpapers.

      • Yeah, thinking slight shadow that’s just not well represented in these shots.

        • Steve B

          Can you see the rage that would have followed? OMG Google, now I can’t use my white background, blah, blah, blah.

        • MichaelFranz

          maybe configurable? Would be nice

          • Steve B

            Would be nice, but I doubt it. Google usually doesn’t let you customize things like this.

      • Skittlez

        slight shadow, maybe in apps

        • Steve B

          In apps it will turn black. Nav bar as well.

          • Skittlez

            are you sure? i did see where they were still translucent, they were just shaded a contrasting color of the app you were using

          • Steve B

            Pretty sure, everything I’ve seen shows it this way.

  • Otto Rodriguez

    so wheres the speaker grill,?and the circle for ?

    • Justin Halcomb

      The circle is the speaker.

    • JamJamBoom

      The speaker grill (for speakerphone/music) is on the bottom of the phone and the circle (the one in the top middle) is the earpiece. There is a service manual floating around and a 7 minute video of the phone being shown off.

  • Caleb Loop

    Shouldnt the clock say 4:40 since the clock in press renders always matches the android version?

    • Ferpa

      Isn’t official press render from Google, yet.

    • Jaxon Wright

      so there will be no 4.6? 5.0 confirmed

  • litobirdy

    oh no, lets make up another theory… look at the time 8:40.. add 8 and 4, u get 12.. if this was posted today that’d be the 29th or if it was actually posted last nite, that’d make it the 28th OMGGGGGGGGG

    • Guy Pierce

      Or invert 12 around and you get the 21st. Makes more sense to me!

      • RTrain

        and ‘V’ is the 22nd letter of the alphabet, which is symbolic for ‘coming late to Vzw’

        • Stone Cold


  • DigitalDK

    The odds of this coming to Verizon are pretty close to null eh?

    • Josh Carroll

      s/pretty close/equal to/

    • Adrynalyne

      Better chances of winning the lottery methinks.

    • Don Goncalves

      That’s my one & only question: Verizon?

      • Droidzilla

        Here’s your one and only answer.

        • Don Goncalves


          • HarvesterX

            I’ll take a guess and say that Verizon probably won’t have any issues letting you use the Nexus 5 for phone calls and texts (of course still charging you for data though

  • Shamu

    so hot

  • Ha, that background is one I’ve used on my computer for a while…It’s from Romain Guy’s Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/romainguy/5911366388/

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Pics of your computer or it didn’t happen.

      • For fun…

        • Matthew DiGiacomo

          Haha well done, OP delivers

        • mustbepbs

          Can you like..put all of your awesome backgrounds into a public Dropbox folder or something and link it here?


        • What’s in the safe?

    • Thank you! Seriously, I was just looking all over for it. You rock.

      • David Henry

        Who downvotes a thank you?

        • StuckOnVerizonForever


          • Adrynalyne

            That is an ironic comment.

          • StuckOnVerizonForever

            Good to know. Tell me more.

        • iamjackspost

          You say thank you…downvote.
          You ask why?…downvote.

        • thelolotov

          Same people that downvote someone questioning the thank you.

        • Joseph J Pfister

          You say po-tay-to, I say po-tah-to
          You say thank you, I say @#$% YOU!

        • Ian Smith

          Me, Dave. I downvote a thank you.

    • teleclimber

      Funny, that was shot at Alabama Hills (no, not in Alabama). I’m actually headed there this weekend. A couple of photospheres from the area:



      • Jeff

        Comment above was meant for you.

  • StuckOnVerizonForever

    I want that beautiful background for my beautiful G2.

  • randompsychology

    I still hate the new phone icon 🙁

    • Would tend to agree.

      • Larry M

        I hate the new white transparent folders…ugh.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Love it

        • Ian Smith


      • Ian Smith


    • Loo

      Total dealbreaker

    • Pierito

      You get downvotes but when Kellex B agrees, no downvotes for him haha.

      • Ian Smith

        they’re somehow immune to criticism because they write the articles.

        first time in history that this is the case.

        • Pierito

          It’s unfortunate but true….and for pointing it out, I get downvoted. hehe

          • Ian Smith

            care not about the votes!

          • Pierito

            But how else will I know complete strangers like me?!?



    • Agreed. Fugly.

      • Franklin Ramsey

        Or trying to convince people to use hangouts instead! Which Icon would you rather click on? It’s a conspiracy theory!

    • JohanV

      But, but I like it DOEE.

  • samosa king

    The Kit-Kat camera icon resembles the SGS 4 camera icon.

  • FINALLY! The ugly, stock camera icon gets a long-awaited makeover!

  • samosa king