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A Picture of the Nexus 5 Again…Just Because It’s Pretty.

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Hello again, Nexus 5. We don’t know exactly when you will arrive, but we hope it is soon.

Oh, and Kit Kat by itself.

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On the Moto X for the dreamers.

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That is all.

  • AwesomeLOLz

    @jamdev12 go to hell!!!!

  • WaitingForPure

    My Gnex is on it’s last legs. I want a pure device from Verizon. Will I turn into a skeleton grasping my poor Gnex before this happens?

  • AmendFIRSTment

    I never understood why the Home/Back/Menu button are on the screen. If the phone has a chin, just put the buttons there, not protruding buttons but smooth buttons. That way you get more real-estate on your screen. The N5 has so much room on its chin… Is there a manufacturer advantage to putting Home/Back/Menu on the screen?

    • FritoDorito

      There’s several reasons. First of all, virtual buttons are WAY more responsive than capacitive keys. Granted, that’s not saying much, considering capacitive keys have god awful responsiveness. Second, and most importantly, virtual buttons are part of the software, so they can always be changed and altered, and their function can be updated with the OS. They can also adapt to the hardware a disappear when you need the full screen, like when watching a video.

      What I don’t understand is why people are obsessed with eliminating the chin and forehead, aka, the area I can grip when holding he phone in landscape so I don’t have to uncomfortably brace the sides of the phone between my thumbs and index fingers for two hours while I watch a movie.

  • triumphtriple

    If only it didn’t have a butt chin…

  • master94

    the wallpaper looks like a 5 or is that just me?

  • Liderc

    Has to be the most beautiful phone to date. I’m still curious why they made such a large camera “hole” but didn’t make the lense actually big? You’d think they could have made an incredible camera by using that size for the lense. I’m very curious to see how that will be utilized with what has to be a new type of camera hardware and software.

    • Vincent Marino

      My guess is for OIS.

  • artsr2002

    Although I want to buy this the moment its available, I will be waiting to make sure that the Sprint version can be flashed for use on my beloved Page Plus Verizon MVNO. $30/month for me with Verizon coverage. Just can’t beat that.

  • angermeans

    Damn. I told myself I would wait to get a Moto x when verizon releases Moto maker for verizon, but the white one looks so good. I still think the nexus 5 looks better tho and I’m sure I’ll forget about the X when that phone drops on us later this month (or hopefully early next month). I sure hope Google and LG have the supplies down this time around. Last year was a nightmare for any hopeful nexus 4 customer.

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      It is not coming to Verizon. Get your Moto X and be happy!

  • angermeans

    Beautiful device. The OS looks so clean with just minor improvements. Can’t wait to get my hands on this phone.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Ouch, on the Moto X for dreamers? I’m about to get this device in less than a month, and you’re telling me it likely won’t get 4.4?

  • Quesi S

    The time says 4:40… 4.4 KitKat

  • DJ SPY

    Do you think this phone will support the Square Card Reader? The new DROIDS, Moto X and Nexus 7 don’t.

  • Champloo

    If the hangouts app is replacing messaging as speculated, does this mean I’ll be able to receive text messages over wi-fi, even if I have no cell signal?

    I currently do this using talkatone/google voice, but it would be cool if I had a 1 stop app for all my messaging needs.

  • beng8686

    Eww that UI is reminding me more and more of the iPhone’s Toys r us look.

    Edit: Maybe its just the wallpaper….

  • Kevin Zukerman

    Man, that wallpaper is SOOOOO clever.

  • dannyWHITE

    LG sure knows how to make a purrrrrrty Nexus!

  • joejoe5709

    Lol. You guys are funny. Thanks for this. At least I know I’m not the only one drooling over this phone.

  • ChrisI

    Why do you guys care if it comes out soon? I thought the purpose for this site is Android-related news for Verizon. At least that’s what I hear all the time.

    • Skittlez

      what you hear is the reason this site was started for the droid line on verizon and thats why most users have verizon on this site. but for a couple years now, it’s been just android as a whole. this is probably the best phone on the market when it releases.

    • joejoe5709

      Originally DL did stories on Droid related things (including Verizon of course) which expanded to Android related things (including tablets) which expanded to almost anything Google related. They even occasionally do little reviews for the competition and Ron is the resident iPhone expert. As for carriers, I think DL pushes T-Mobile these days more than anything. But half readers of DL are probably still on Verizon with a Galaxy Nexus so that’s why see so much of it in the comments. Despite the slim chances, there are those who still hold faith for an N5 on Verizon. And even then, the N5 is huge news for the carriers who do get it so why not?

  • mydroidphone

    hope it stands up to the hype, not like the moto x fail….

    • Jeff

      The Moto X wasn’t a fail, just not what the minority of potential buyers hoped it would be.

      • hkklife

        I want a Moto X2 on VZW with *minimum* G2 level of specs sometime in Q1 of next year running 4.4. A 5.3″-5.5″ screen, 64GB storage and Maxx-size battery would make it absolutely killer. And the recent update helped but Moto still needs a better camera.

        • joejoe5709

          Lol. May I introduce you to the Note 3?

    • Skittlez

      what made the moto x such a fail was the retail price. for the contract price people, it wasn’t. but the nexus already shows it’s not a fail

      • joejoe5709

        Agree with Jeff. Now that the dust has settled, this was an epic case of over-hyping for a phone that is actually pretty cool.

        That said, the Nexus 5 will better that the Moto X in *almost* every way. And if you’re on Verizon, there’s a good chance the Moto X is the closest thing to a Nexus we’ll get this year. I wouldn’t call that a fail at all…

      • John Kiser

        People need to realize the retail price was due to the device being built and assembled entirely in the US… That raises costs period. Either we create more jobs in the US and have some stuff released cost more or keep them cheap and lose those jobs…

  • rhymiZ

    I love the design and I’m sure I’ll love Kit Kat even more!

  • heres the Verizon model of the nexus 5

    • muddy46


  • vitriolix

    the top and bottom bars being transparent really looks so much better. Can’t wait to see how this looks in most legacy apps

  • Phill_S

    Heh, I like the 5 wallpaper, they are carrying on the tradition from the 7 wallpaper in the new N7. Subtle and easy to miss design but really nice

  • grumpyfuzz

    Since what happened last night, I can’t stand google not announcing anything. I’m so impatient at this point.

  • pookietookie

    So exciting! It’s like the energy we had 2 years ago for another phone — one that had a terrible battery, weak radio, some bloatware, and horrible carrier support:

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      Phones made on south Korea typically do have weak radios…

  • chris kilps

    did any one notice it says 4:40, haha

    • Skittlez

      they do that with every release

  • fauxshizzl

    The award for the most pointless article of the day goes to….

  • MrWicket

    it sure is!

  • Jordan

    holy thick YUCK…note 3 FTW

  • A.Miller

    Is that camera going to be as good as the G2?

  • DanSan

    that has to go on my VZW GS4 asap…

  • Genkidama

    In a public announcement today, Google unveiled the Nexus 5. What made the event even more noteworthy was the fact that all the board members were their to publicy unveil the device and at the same time give the finger to Verizon.

  • moelsen8

    you guys are jonesin’ just as bad as us, huh? 😛

  • Paul Hansen

    Moto X VZW build so i can just throw it on my MAXX pls 😛

  • Jacob Mustin

    Am I the only one who is slightly disappointed with the bezel thickness? Sure its smaller than most, but since the phone Is supposedly based on the g2, I was really exited about the g2 bezel thinness sexiness. 🙂

    • turdbogls

      i think side buttons have SOMETHING to do with it.

      and maybe the bezels are just as thin, they just look slightly thicker b/c the screen is smaller.

      • Razball

        “and maybe the bezels are just as thin, they just look slightly thicker b/c the screen is smaller.”

        Good point I didn’t think of that lol

        • turdbogls

          I think I’m wrong (really hope I’m not)
          but I kinda assume the side buttons will ad some thickness….its still going to be really narrow coming from what i a musing now (G-nex)

          • Razball

            I think it’ll be between motox/g2 and the nexus 4 like a happy medium

    • Ian

      The extent to which the Nexus would be based on the G2 started and ended with “made by LG”

    • trwb

      The bezel is horrendous. I think they didn’t put a lot of effort in design to keep price down. Ugly IMO

    • joejoe5709

      We really need to get off the “based on the LG G2” bandwagon. At this point, they’re cousins at best like the Galaxy Nexus was with the SGSII. The internals are very similar, but the chassis is different. Do I wish we had an N5 that was a carbon copy of the G2? Sure! But it wouldn’t be $350 either…

      As for the bezels, I think they’re fine. It’s right in line with the other Nexus phones and it’s actually smaller than the N4 (and signifcantly shorter than my GNex) despite the larger screen. That’s fine by me!

      • Jacob Mustin

        Sure, I totally agree. I’m just wishing! I think those thin bezels make a phone stand out more than just about anything.

    • Liderc

      The bottom bezel is actually designed to be larger. It’s because when you handle a device with one hand your thumb naturally rests about 2 inches above the bottom of the phone. So if the bottom bezel was very tiny, you’d have to bend your thumb way down just to hit the navigation keys, so it’s actually a good thing that they’ve done this. I would imagine functionality is much more important than having a tiny bottom bezel.

  • Knowing I can’t get the Nexus 5 as a Verizon customer, seeing that image on a white Moto X, what I have right beside me, excites me and pisses me off at the same time. I need a beer. Is it 5pm yet?

    • Gr8Ray

      It’s gotta be 5pm somewhere… 😉

    • Dan

      Right there with you. It’s sucks knowing we won’t get it until like March next year if were lucky… ;(

    • it’s 5 somewhere lol

  • saint_stephen

    Welp, might have to unlock and root my T-Mo HTC One once the 4.4 GPE ROM drops…

    • PhoenixPath

      Won’t we all? 🙂

    • JMonkeYJ

      check this out:

      I did the full conversion on my TMo HTC One a couple months ago and have been getting the GPE OTA updates 😀 it’s awesome. and you retain the ability to connect to all TMo networks, so it’s actually superior to the official GPE edition.

      You will probably still want to apply the TMo radio updates when they come out.

      • saint_stephen

        How is the camera without the HTC software? I know they kept beats audio for sound, but as far as I’ve seen it only incorporates a slightly modified Nexus camera app.

        • JMonkeYJ

          it is the stock android camera. frankly, i don’t have a problem with it. especially coupled with the One’s camera i get amazing pictures. that being said, i didn’t keep sense on there long enough to use the camera software much, so i don’t really have an idea what i’m missing. sorry i can’t be more helpful. i can say my pictures are MUCH better than on my Nexus 4, and in some cases even better then my (aging) point and shoot.

        • Vincent Marino

          It’s actually said to take just as good of pictures either way. You just get the stock camera UI instead. Shots still come out just as nice.

  • viewthis66

    meh… let’s move one.

  • fakekellex

    Google Music for iOS should be mentioned I would think. It was announced earlier that iOS would get a native google music all access app. THANK GOD! I have a work iphone and and iPad that need it.

  • Colton

    does the glass cover the earpiece like some speculating with the other press release images? or does this one actually have a cutout? i cant tell lol

  • fallsgable

    let’s all be good Christians here….
    it’s NOT about having what you want, it’s about wanting what you HAVE!
    OG Droid FTW!

    • fallsgable

      I DO hope it’s good for Pron watching, though!

  • Miguel Alvarez

    Now that’s one smexy ass fone! :p

  • Nick

    Dumb question here… What are the chances T-Mobile will offer a subsidized price at launch for those signing new 2-year agreements? Or will the only option be to purchase the phone at the $349 full retail price?

    • Blake

      Technically, no chance – T-Mobile doesn’t have contracts anymore (since March). Possible they could offer it as a device but you’d still be paying full retail for the phone – although with the option to spread it out over 24 months. But if the Nexus 4 is any indication it’ll cost more through them than through Google Play (Google Play was $350, T-Mobile was $500). So even if they did it’d still be cheaper to just pay it all upfront – not worth $150 more to finance the phone.

  • Droidzilla

    Pretty sure the white one is real. The url for the Nexus 5 they accidentally posted lists it as nexus_5_black_16gb. The Nexus 7, which has no colour choices, doesn’t have “black” in its URL.

    • Definitely thinking white one at some point. Hopefully it’s at launch so we can choose.

  • ToddAwesome

    Damn you.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Oh Kellen trolling with the best of them. What level of trolling is this? Can we consider this, dare I say… Over 9000?

    • Droidzilla


  • javikid

    Should we start a petition to get this phone on VERIZON?

  • Don Crist

    Hello Beautiful!

  • sciwizam

    Verizon will troll us in the most Nexus of ways.

    • Open1Your1Eyes0
      • Droidzilla

        Totally fake. No physical home button and 4G LTE logos.

        • zurginator

          Challenge Accepted

          • Droidzilla

            Dude, awesome job. It’s actually uncanny how accurate your render is.

      • RTrain

        That may be fake…not sure the Verizon logos are big enough, I mean you can still see the phone, and further yet no bloatware?…how would I ever know football scores without NFL mobile pre-loaded on my phone?

        • LionStone

          Yea but live streaming Thursday Night Football last night to my DNA, where I was at no TV, was pretty sweet 🙂

    • zurginator
      • samosa king

        This looks ridiculously real and something that Verizon would definitely release.

        • zurginator


        • Michael Gillenwalters

          Too bad they won’t. $30 TMob plan, here I come.

      • Droid Ronin

        Also needs to have the VZ bloatware bundle like VZ Nav, My Verizon Mobile, Backup assistant, etc.

        • zurginator

          Thought about it, but couldn’t be arsed to find the icons.

        • Gnex

          I couldn’t help myself…

      • joejoe5709

        That’s… not outside the realm of possibility actually.

      • Shaggy723

        Wow… I kinda felt the urge to hurl when I looked at this render. It’s too accurate.

      • Gnex

        lol This is amazing, puts my renders to shame :p

      • Liderc

        I’m fine with the logos on the back, just none on the front. Makes zero sense to put logos on the front of phones where no one sees them but the user. Not quite sure why any manufacturer ever decided to do this as it only makes the device look worse.

        • zurginator

          I’ve also always wondered this. I understand the back to an extent – if you’re making a call, they’ll see the brand. I would prefer a brandless phone though – if someone wants to know, I’ll tell them what it is.

          But yeah, no front logo is one of the many reasons I like Nexus devices.

        • malcmilli

          one could argue the opposite. Not that i like logos on the front. But often times people are looking over other’s shoulders. Their phones may be in cases/hands on the back of the phone covering up the logo. Or when someone puts their phone down on the table they lay it face up.

      • ctk4949

        That is why freaking verizon wont get a nexus device!! I hate you verizon!!

    • Adam Truelove

      Honestly, I’d take this. At least it’s unlockable and it would have great AOSP ROM support. But no Nexus on Verizon at all makes me sad.

      • joejoe5709

        I would too. I dealt with a gimped Nexus for 2 years just fine. Who cares anymore. I just want this phone.

        • Adam Truelove

          The only thing gimped about the Gnex on Verizon is the battery. I’ve been running an AOSP ROM on it since last year so I’ve always been just as up to date as any other Nexus. And that’s exactly what I’d do with a Nexus 5 on Verizon too. Day 1 I would unlock it and load a pure stock AOSP ROM.

          Only we’re never again see a Nexus on Verizon. 🙁

    • Pedro

      I love the Home button.

      If we can’t brand a physical button, we must access the code to brand the virtual button!
      — VZW

    • Russ

      Oh lord don’t give them any ideas!

    • Liderc

      I’d be fine if they included the logo as the home button, we could change it in 2 seconds anyway with a launcher or nav changer. Just give us the damn phone Verizon, stop being such punks. I don’t get it, they allow Apple to do their thing, why not let Google?

  • DreamSTi

    Looks like a sub-par quality phone.

  • jamdev12

    Droid Life is now Trolling. STOP IT!!!

    • jamdev12

      Kellex, Please update with High-Res White Nexus 5 and let the drooling begin, again.

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    • fanniege

      Droid Life is now Trolling. STOP IT!!!=======w­w­w.j­o­b­s­6­0.c­o­m

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    bring on the nexus 5


    your moms pretty

    • Heck yeah she is. Not as pretty as yours though.

    • fallsgable

      I think your DAD is prettier!

      • 1bad69z28

        Oouch!!!! LOL

    • Droidzilla

      Is that the element for Jersey people?

  • Ben Murphy

    I’m really thinking about JUMPing to T-Mobile. Anyone want to finish my payments (6 months left) on my S4? =)

  • Devon

    you can look, BUT YOU CANT HAZ!

  • Jeff Helget

    … might be saying farewell (and/or eff you) to Verizon and switching to T-Mobile for this… hope T-Mobile’s coverage is better in the Twin Cities than it used to be….

    • PhoenixPath

      I live in New Prague and work in Lakeville. T-Mob is fine from New Prague up to Plymouth. I get LTE in NP, Lakeville, Eagan,and Plymouth (the places I spend most of my time here)

      Shouldn’t be too much of a problem, but keep the VZW line until you’ve thoroughly tested your service/device on TMob. That’s what I did (14 day return period).

      • Jeff Helget

        Hmmmmm… good thinkin’. I live in the north suburbs. The LTE coverage map T-Mobile shows makes it look like the coverage is fairly adequate at my often-visited locales, but you can never really know until you try it.

        • PhoenixPath

          Had a G’Nex on VZW, kept getting dropped calls and data on the way to and from work. Contract was up and the One was out so I ran over to TMob and paid my $99.

          2 days later (after testing on the trip to/from work), I called VZW and dropped the line like a brick.

          Slowly moving over the rest of the family as the lines become available.

          • ynksbsbll2

            Just curious, were you able to port your current number over to T-Mobile during your testing (without screwing up your Verizon line)?

          • PhoenixPath


            That’s what Google Voice is for, silly. 😉

            (I’ll never take an email address from my ISP, just as I will never take a phone number from my cell provider. Use a Google voice number and gmail/yahoo/msn/etc…that way you never have to worry about porting…anything.)

          • jstew182

            I tested out t-mobile when they had the Nexus 4 on fire sale…I just got a prepaid account to test out their service compared to verizon’s with my gnex…then after deciding I was fine with it, I ported my number over from verizon. I know its not ideal but after getting used to carrying around 2 phones it was nice to just say eff you verizon and make the switch. I dont regret it at all.

  • Shamu

    I want it now – muse

  • MichaelFranz

    LOL…Slow news day or something Droid Life staff??

  • dazz1996

    you dream much kellex?

  • Guy

    And… the clock show 4:40, which means 4.4 aka KitKat

  • Guest

    Verizon Edition.

  • I really want it. So nice to finally be excited again for an Android OS update!

    • Open1Your1Eyes0

      Haven’t been so excited for an Android update since ICS. 🙂

      • I was pretty excited for Jelly Bean, but definitely not as much as I was for ICS. Just the whole new UI and feel of everything. It’s a great feeling. Kinda like what iOS users got with iOS 7.

        • MichaelFranz

          Agreed, while we arent getting that big UI update we are getting enough subtle changes and a nice looking device to boot. Im hoping for some more quality features built in, the hangouts integration, new camera UI/functions, whatever tap and pay in inclusive of besides the obvious

          • Exactly. This should be a pretty big update overall for Android as a whole.

          • Paul Hansen

            Agreed. I’m curious to see what newfangled insanity that comes packed into 5.0 down the road… or will they just tease me again with 4.5…

          • GentlemanScholar

            Do you think my Verizon Galaxy Nexus will get 4.4 the day after its announced? Ha. I couldn’t say that with a straight face.

          • Michael Gillenwalters

            I installed AOKP 4.3 and my Toro is finally usable again. Geez, what a waste of a Nexus, stupid Verizon.

          • zurginator

            We won’t see a giant UI change again for a few years at least – Developers would throw an absolute fit over it. On top of that it would destroy the unity that is FINALLY beginning to be felt in apps.

            Even iOS7, despite being redone, still has the same guidelines…. it’s just flat.

          • ManBearPig618

            Well….I think you can tweak the UI without changing the design language.

          • zurginator

            That’s exactly what they’ve been doing. 😛

          • ManBearPig618

            Tweak was the wrong word. You could significantly alter the UI of ICS-JC-KK without really changing the design language.

          • zurginator

            Significantly altering it is what hurts devs though – because by extension they have to significantly alter their apps.

        • ManBearPig618

          ICS was an epic update. JB was great as well. I’m thinking this one slots in between them in terms of epicness.

        • angermeans

          Yes sir! It’s an exciting time for both platforms.

        • michael arazan

          I wan’t excited about JB until I got JB and realized what a phone could really do, switching user accounts is great, and having a dash board on the lock screen too. I can’t Imagine what is going to be in 4.4 though, JB is pretty great at 4.2

          Sucks I have a GS3 as a replacement from Asurion for my GNex, went from 4.2 to 4.1 so I lost features and gained a bunch of touchwiz features I don’t need or want, but did get a bigger battery and a slight step up in performance.

    • sc0rch3d

      someone is pitchin a tent over a device

      • jamdev12

        On the Google complex in Mountain View?

        • MichaelFranz

          dont think you got the joke lol

          • Paul Hansen


      • Stevedub40

        Hey, I beg you not to look at my pants!

    • 1bad69z28

      I am right with you buddy 🙂

    • joejoe5709

      Agreed. This one feels pretty special. If this were a house ICS was the foundation, JB is the framing and plumbing, and Kit Kat will be the finishing touches. I really think Kit Kat will bring some feeling of completion to the ICS/JB era. Some of the elements like Google Now and lockscreen widgets are great but feel unfinished or underutilized. Time to fill in the framework!

      • Adam Truelove

        Android will never be finished. It will never plateau like iOS. We may think KK is the finishing touches until we see what they come up with next year.

        • 4g63mark

          Exactly why custom ROMS are so valuable. They make Android better until Google cherry pics their features and puts them in the OS

        • John Kiser

          They meant the finishing touches to what ICS/JB was trying to do not exactly that KK is the finishing touches for android.

    • Blue Sun

      … Said everyone except Ron.

    • Eric R.

      I want it but I’m stuck with the Dna on Verizon with 4.1

    • fanniege
  • Caleb Loop

    Oh come on now. This isnt news. 🙂

  • litobirdy

    you sir, are bored lol

    • Maybe 😛

    • tomn1ce

      That’s what happens on a slow news day -_-

    • Ian Smith

      and hungry for more revenue

    • Ian




  • I don’t want one, but I’ll be buying one anyways.

    • Nathaniel Webb

      Buy it, give it to me, or just buy 300 copies of Cardstock, and we’ll call it even.

  • dragonflyr