After countless leaks, Google has finally made the next phone in its Nexus line of handsets official. Instead of holding a big, glitzy event, Google decided to announce the phone via a blog post published on its official Android blog.
Thanks to the numerous leaks we've had over the last month or so, the Nexus 5 and its specs come as no surprise. The Nexus 5 is an LG made phone and Google says it's the slimmest, fastest Nexus phone yet. It packs a 4.95-inch 1920x1080p full HD display (though Google is calling this a 5-inch phone), a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz, support for 4G/LTE and dualband WiFi, wireless charging, a 2300mAh battery, and an 8-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization. There's also a 1.3-megapixel camera up front for video calling.
Of course, the big news is that the Nexus 5 will ship with Android 4.4, also known as KitKat. KitKat packs improvements to the phone application, as well as a new Hangouts app, a new camera shortcut on the lockscreen, support for third-party cloud storage in the Gallery application, and hands-free voice search.
What is surprising is that though rumors pointed to a November 1 launch, the Nexus 5 is actually available today. Priced at $349 off contract, those living in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea can buy the phone right away.