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When will Google release the Nexus 5?

technologyEdward KiledjianComment

Like many tech enthusiasts, I was excited when Apple announced it’s iPhone 5 but want to wait and see what Google will offer with its Nexus 5 (2013 Nexus phone) before I decide which one will become my daily driver.

When is the Nexus 5 coming out?

I believe the announcement will happen sometime around October 14th, here’s why.

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus was announced on October 19th 2011 and then made available to the market a couple of weeks later.

The LG Nexus 4 was suppose to be announced mid October in NY City but the city was devastated by Hurricane Sandy so the announcement was made via press release on October 29th and the device was made available a couple of weeks later.

There seems to be a pattern and I am fairly confident this will hold with the 2014 version. The product should be announced mid October and then made available early November before the holiday shopping season starts (aka black Friday).

Nexus 4 inventories in most countries [on the Google Play store] are exhausted. 

Google announced the next revision to Android, nicknamed KitKat, a couple of weeks ago and we expect the new device to launch with this announced yet feature unknown version.

During the KitKat announcement, Google published a video showing the inauguration of the KitKat Android statue in front of its headquarters in which an employee seemed to be using an unannounced Nexus device. 

Freeze frame showing unknown Nexus device from Google's KitKat launch video (which was quickly pulled).

Freeze frame showing unknown Nexus device from Google's KitKat launch video (which was quickly pulled).

So obviously a new Nexus phone is being tested by employees in the Google campus. Many have suggested that this was an organized leak since it happened right before Apple's iPhone 5s announcement.

We then saw FCC documents showing a drawing for an upcoming LG phone which seemed to match the unannounced phone in the KitKat video.

LG document with FCC showing upcoming unannounced phone. 

LG document with FCC showing upcoming unannounced phone. 

Conclusion

I really believe we'll see a Nexus phone announcement mid-October and will hold off buying my personal daily driver cell until then.