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Google Nexus 5 made official with Android 4.4 KitKat in tow

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The Google Nexus 5 has been officially unveiled following months of rumours and leaks, with the flagship phone becoming the first to run the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

Set to go head-to-head with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S, the Google Nexus 5 will be manufactured by LG, and boast the same 2.26GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor as the Korean company’s own LG G2 handset.

“We’re excited to collaborate with LG on a new Nexus device,” said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google. “Google Nexus 5 is the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone to date and puts the latest platform innovations of Android 4.4, KitKat, right in the hands of consumers."

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company added: “Nexus 5 offers the ultimate functionality in a modern design and is a testament to the level of innovation that can be generated when two great companies come together for a second act.”

Google Nexus 5 Features

A worthy follow-on to last year’s Google Nexus 4, the newly confirmed Google Nexus 5 features list is brimmed with high-end components.

Lining up alongside the 2.26GHz quad-core processor, the phone will sport a 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080p Full HD, up on the 4.7-inch HD panel on its predecessor. Set to offering stunning visuals, the Full HD display is further enhanced by a 445 pixels-per-inch image density. Providing some added protection, the phone will feature a handy Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating.

Although on paper the 8-megapixel Google Nexus 5 camera might look like a weak spot when compared with the 13-megapixel offerings on some of its rivals, the integrated snapper is set to benefit from optical image stabilisation options to boost image output. A secondary, 1.3-megapixel camera is included on the phone’s fore for shameless selfies and video calling.

Playing host to the now customary array of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC connectivity options, the Google Nexus 5, unlike the 4 before it will also play host to 4G networking options. Powered by a 2300mAh Lithium-Polymer battery, the phone’s battery life should see you through a full day’s use although this is again down on the 3000mAh offering found on the LG G2.

Lining up at just 130g in weight and a mere 8.59mm thick, the Google Nexus 5 certainly looks the part, with the phone set to be made available in both 16GB and 32GB storage options.

With 2GB of RAM on board, the Google Nexus 5 specs sheet is rounded off by Adreno 330 graphics and the new Android 4.4 KitKat OS, a software package which will introduce cloud based backups alongside a range of other additions.

Google Nexus 5 Release Date and Price
Now that the phone is official, Google looks keen to get the Nexus 5 out to consumers. As such the Google Nexus 5 release date is already upon us, with the phone available to buy now directly through the Google Play Store. A Google Nexus 5 release date for third-party retailers and networks has been set for tomorrow, November 1, with the phone to hit the UK and US simultaneously.

In keeping with the company’s desire to offer high-end products at a reasonable cost, the Google Nexus 5 is nice and friendly on your wallet. The 16GB model will set wannabe owners back £299, while the 32GB option is priced at just £339 SIM-free. Carphone Warehouse has confirmed it will offer the 16GB handset at just £295 SIM-free.

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