What Google event? Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat still not official

by: Chris SmithOctober 24, 2013

Google Play teaser

The Google Play Store October 24 event has come and gone, but no new products have been announced. In fact, the media is yet to cover the event for which the company reportedly issued invites.

When we first got wind of this particular New York-based event, our thoughts immediately went to the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, but soon after that we heard that the event would not feature any hardware.

But the event – because there definitely was something going on – wasn’t apparently for the media or the public.

Interestingly though, Google did post quite a few updates with pictures from the event on its Google Play Twitter account, thus proving it did have something planned for today – and even building some sort of anticipation if we were to speculate.

But from the looks of it, the company simply celebrated its “favorite books, games and more of past and present.” Check out this series of tweets, in chronological order:

To further confuse anxious Android fans waiting for some kind of special event, Google’s servers went down in the hours preceding the private event, although that may have been just a glitch in the matrix.

The whole Google non-event also ignited reddit, where various topics talked about what may or may not happen.

Speculations aside, it was Geek’s Russel Holly that took to Twitter to explain that nothing is going on today – well, at least for the public, because those pictures above were definitely taken at some sort of event. Here’s what he said about this confusion:

Alright, guys. I’m the blogger from Geek.com who started this whole mess. Amusingly enough, I’m also the guy who reported about the Google Play edition phones that started the whole “I’ll eat my dick if it’s true” thing. ASUS making the next Nexus 10 was also me, for what it’s worth. I don’t do a lot on Reddit, but you guys have been really funny whenever breaking news happens.

Nothing is happening tonight. There will be no live stream, no press conference, nothing. No one is coming out on stage with a mystery device in their pocket, and no one that I know has been given a N5 or N10 for review yet. For your information, while we do occasionally get those before they are available for sale we do not get them before they are announced.

I didn’t break an NDA. The Google Play team didn’t think I would react the way I did when I got the invitation, and neglected to include some kind of note asking me not to share it. I caused that team a lot of headaches this past week as a result. It was a communication error, and I jumped the gun. End of story, I promise.

It’s been a long month, and we don’t have too much longer to wait if what I am hearing is true. I’m sorry I screwed up and got everyone’s hopes up, and I’m pissed that I have to apologize because I’m just as excited about this phone as everyone else, but please take my word for it. Nothing is going to happen tonight.

I know, I know. “Why book Capital Cities?”

To be honest, I don’t have the answer to that. Big companies hire bands for small events all the time, and usually it really is because reasons. The price was right, the band was available, and that’s all she wrote. It happens, and it isn’t indicative of anything.

For what it’s worth, we’ll point out that Google/Motorola had a similar “non-event” related to the Moto X well ahead of its official launch, so considering that first tweeted image – the one where one can see plenty of Android devices – we can’t but wonder whether this is something similar. In case you forgot, at that Moto X private event, the Moto X was the guest of honor.

We’re back to waiting, so keep close, as we’re going to bring you all the new Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat details once we have them.

  • APai

    TLDR: Gaffe.

  • AlexNapo

    Damn Google..Can’t keep my dying phone any longer…”Release the Kraken”

    • SteveDoz

      Love it, great comment … Same here, although I have no confidence I will get one. How can you get in the queue when you don’t know when the event is


      Same here mate………..its really getting frustrating now……..

      • Misha Vogel

        Mine is worse, when I disconnect it from the chargerit shuts itself down in five minutes-_-


          Not that bad but hardly lasts 3 hours……..hope they launch it in Oct, otherwise I will get either s4 or Z1…..

        • Cole Raney

          Mine won’t even charge.

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        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          A brand-new Galaxy Nexus?

    • htcLOLZ

      Google need to hold a kingsmoot first.

    • M_F

      Kraken??? Lmao. Release the fish is more apt. Yum yum.

  • Junaid Ansari

    I don’t understand the hold-up. They leaked the phone on the Play Store (NO it wasn’t a blunder, it was done purposely) and they basically confirmed it through there, yet they are still holding on to it. I’m kinda tired of waiting for this phone. I might just end up buying an LG-G2 if this goes on for another month…

    • Wazzifer

      I already went ahead and got myself a Note 3. I knew for sure after using the Nexus 4 that I won’t be getting any decent battery life for my usage.

      • APai

        that’s a different category of device altogether isnt it ? but the best device that lasts for a long time is note series

        • Wazzifer

          Last time I checked they were both cellphones ;)

          • Maher Salti

            They’re called smartphone these days.. No one uses them just to make calls..

      • Jeannie

        Would give up and get that too if I could afford it, but I guess that is part of why a lot of us are buying the nexus to begin with…

      • Martin Jastram

        i can´t help, but wonder about people getting frustrated with the nexus battery life.
        naturally the note has a bigger battery. but nexus is first of all a basic platform, waiting to be filled with amazing stuff.

        if you want a customized phone out of the box, buy apple or samsung.
        if you like the adventure and challenge of tweaking your device to the point, where it´s yours, get a nexus.
        it certainly isn´t for everyone and there´s trial and error.
        but getting good battery life out of the N4 isn´t too hard really.
        get tasker, llama & friends and there you go.
        you don´t need to be a geek for this.i know, i´m not.
        and it´s not as if nobody told you beforehand, what you were getting into.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          I think it depends on where you are. Where I live, I get great reception, and never have any issues with battery life on my N4. But when I went to visit my mom, where cell reception was iffy, the N4 was sucking battery juice like a Hoover.

          • Martin Jastram

            haven´t thought of that one.
            on the other hand i have bad reception in my workplace and still i get easylie more than a day of battery life out of it.
            should be interesting to check on the difference in cosumption though.

        • Wazzifer

          Still, at the end of the day, the Nexus 4 won’t be able to touch the Note 3’s battery life. It’s literally almost half of the screen time (on wifi and 4g). Plus I used a Note 10.1 for over a year now and the idea of the S-Pen on a handheld device was appealing to me. Needless to say, I made the right decision.

          • Martin Jastram

            @Wazzifer:disqus sure, but what´s your point?
            this is like comparing a fully grown truck to a limousine.

            it just doesn´t make any sense at all.

          • Wazzifer

            Neither does your face.

          • Martin Jastram

            Oh, it’s THAT Part of the Internet again….
            Well, don’t feed the Trolls is, whatMama said. Have a nice Day.

          • Wazzifer

            It’s more like, your reply was so dumb that I couldn’t take you seriously enough to give you a decent reply. Good day sir.

      • Yasir Sohail

        Thats what I did.

    • Tuấn Ankh

      maybe on the 28th? I’ve seen quite a few articles mentioning that date.
      I don’t think it will go for another month though. I know we’re almost there.
      (But I could be wrong anyways xD)

    • wantwantwant

      Glad we’ve heard from the Gimmie-Now Generation, I didn’t quite have my quota of entitlement for the day. Your conspiracy theory about leaks aside, move on to OEM junk skins and languish on 4.2. if you want. Devices should not be released until they’re ready. You wanting it is not reason enough. What makes anyone think there is a “hold up”? Stop reading rumours and go about your life. When proper QA has been finished and the software is ready for market then it will be released. Not a moment before, please.

      • newsjunkieintl

        Right. Google has not announced ANYTHING about the Nexus 5, at least officially. All the launch/announce/release rumors are from click bait articles written by idiot bloggers.

        All you need to know is Google has NEVER released a Nexus phone before November. Never. Gen 3 and Gen4 were ANNOUNCED in October, but then released it in November. The two before that were released December and January (and yes January comes after November in that 3 month period).

        As it’s not November yet… and it’s certainly not past January yet, nothing has been delayed yet.


        But I appreciated the Google Play leak. That “mistake” was a PR smack upside the head to shut up the people claiming there will be a re-release of last year’s Nexus 4 to take the “low end” pricing and that this year’s Nexus 5 would be priced up to $500. This brief “accidental” Google Play posting was Google’s way of saying STFU on both ridiculous rumors.

        $349 for 16GB Nexus 5 is actually the same price for 16GB as last year’s Nexus 4 — but with 5″ 1080p, smaller body, Snapdragon 800, multiple LTE bands, pentaband HSPA+, CDMA (for the “North America” Nexus5), and 8MP OIS camera.

        So, if the 16GB is still $349, then the new 32GB will probably be $399?

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          They haven’t officially announced it, but they sure have leaked the shit out of it (both it and Kitkat). As a result, geeks around the world now have a bad case of blue balls :P

  • AmicusBrief

    Maybe Google is just busy trying to figure out what to do with all the shitty screens that Asus put in the new Nexus 7s.

    • ziggy

      Or maybe Google used the same screens on the nexus 5 and now that they’ve realized their mistake they need to fix it fast ;-)

  • Juan
  • KK

    is it just me or the first pic has 5, possibly nexus, devices???

    • Fievel

      (from left to right) Nexus 5, Nexus 7 LTE, Nexus 4 LTE, Nexus 7 (although this looks smaller than the other device I called a 7), Nexus 10 (2013)

  • Andrew

    Anyone else royally pissed at google for having such a irrelevant event so near a new device launch. I want to find myself a googler and kick them in the balls right now for be “we have an event! OHHH, sorry, not THAT even ;)”

    And still no invites, no more of their leaks, no nothing!

    We may have to riot folks. #pitchforks

  • Satish

    I think google wants to held up people from buying other phones and wait. Ans that’s the reason for the leak . .

    • Feddi

      Yea if that’s so they would just release the shit already..

  • MeMyselfandI

    I too am frustrated that there was no launch or announcement last night. But can we all remember, please, that the phone isn’t ‘late’, or that Google are ‘running out of time’, or similar?

    Google haven’t said that there is even a Nexus 5, let alone that the launch will be on such and such a date! So how can we possibly be getting close, near, or even late when there’s no date to anchor any of this to?

    Like many, I suspect that Google will be using all the info they can mine from their own servers about the leaks (whether they orchestrate them or not) to determine the demand.

    Once they know the demand, they can ramp up production to (hopefully) avoid the desperate shortage of Nexus 4, a year ago.

    Lets also remember, while they are a Goliath, they are also fairly new to the game of retailing physical products – they aren’t Amazon.

    So lets sit tight and watch and wait…

    • Jeannie

      There gets to be a point though, where there have been so many “leaks”, they even posted it on their site “accidentally” for a short time, it gets to be a bit ridiculous. I mean, it is their product, they can release it whenever they want, but I think at a certain point they are starting to frustrate people rather than get them hyped up, so maybe it would be better if they gave some sort of time range to expect?

      I mean, I am hearing anywhere from tomorrow to Nov. 31, so it would definitely make me have much better will towards both kit kat who has seemingly been teasing us about a release coming soon, and google, if it is going to be anytime after October, just to kind of give people a heads up.

      But hey, they may release it on October 28 like a lot of the rumors say and that would be fine! I just think if that date passes and there is still no word from google, people might have more “right” to complain…although I have to say I have already been complaining a bit lol, but I am certainly trying to be patient…at least until the 28th! :)

      • MeMyselfandI

        Yes, we saw the leak which only could have been by Google (unless someone cleverly put a hoax page on Google’s Play Store and Google daren’t say it anything in case it ignites more security woes for them!) and I would love to hear a date as I am becoming fed up with checking the ‘news’ only to read rumours all of the time. Part of the problem is that there have been so many leaks it is building its own hype and momentum.

        We don’t know how well the phones we’ve seen work, or whether there is a problem. They won’t want to repeat the Blackberry farce of delaying the phone’s release until over a year after they said it would be launched.

        I’m beginning to ignore all of the dates now. First it was 14th October to steal Apple’s thunder, then it was 15th, then it was last night, today’s preferred date is 28th, if that passes it’ll be 30th or 31st and then the 1st….

        Who knows, a date comes and it goes and no Nexus 5…

        • Jeannie

          True, probably can’t blame google for driving myself crazy looking up all these rumors. Only problem is I don’t want to stop looking it up and miss it coming out and possibly miss the chance to buy one right away (in case they have a shortage like last year). I just have a “dumb” phone right now too, so I am really missing having a smart phone, but have tmobile so I am not wanting to pay the huge price of any of their good phones. Ah well, patience patience patience, google doesn’t care if I am anxious or not, so I might as well try to relax I guess lol.

  • rav

    Google’s servers went down? What a huge coincidence! I logged out of Google voice on my phone around the same time and couldn’t log back in thinking it had something to do with me logging out of it on my phone. At that point I couldn’t log into any Google service on my phone getting some kind of error “couldn’t communicate with Google’s servers”. I seriously thought this had to do with me. Spent an hour googling it and couldn’t get the answer. Finally able to log in and everything was fine but really?

  • mrrog100

    Whoever’s fault this is the plain fact is google have become so arrogant they don’t mind f++kin with their customers, or having them f++cked with, sure sign their on a downward path

    • disqus_X93klfG91s

      Google isn’t shitting on customers. Google’s customers are advertisers. The people who buy the phones and use the web sites are the product.

      • mrrog100

        Not so sure people who buy the nexus devices from google aren’t their customers, but at the least google are f++kin with their customers customers

  • Yonathan Winata

    Maybe in this Google Play event, Google gave invitation to the chosen press “secretly” about the Next Nexus announcement…

  • Groud Frank

    Google is clearly trying to start World War III.

  • trwb

    I am just happy that Google updated the Hangouts app on Android to included Google Voice and SMS integration………oh wait.

  • Feddi

    That’s googles problem when the momentum is gone that’s when they want to decide to drop a phone which is kind of foolish to me because by the time we already lost that want we once had for the device.

  • James

    C’mon Google. Don’t be evil…

  • youngthegiant7

    This is what the Rumor mill does to us. Google hasn’t announced a release date for KK or Nexus 5 they may be hitting an October 28 reveal but don’t get caught up on these rumor dates just a bunch of headaches .. . [Nexus 4]

  • kevin mccutcheon

    Pissed now b/c it’s not released? Just wait till they release it and the customers who order their device within the first few min. have to wait days after folks who order a day later to get their device ;) Their first come last served approach w/ the ordering mechanics burnt me last time, even though I’m usually on the front lines ready to send out my hard earned cash I’m seriously starting to debate the LG-G2 , to me the style of the phone is a notch above the N5 and the only reason I’m even weighing it out is possibility the N5 truly has the “always listening” feature like the Moto-x.

  • gregorypierce

    Google has reached “Uber Market Troll” status.

    • David Kinder

      My thoughts exactly. They know the news outlets are dyeing for something official so they make “announcement events” in order to stir everyone up and keep them on edge for their coming release. Any time now…. :)

  • Mvrcel Lgt

    they do make money with ads and can’t market their own products…irony isn’t it? I may be wrong, but I guess the Nexus 5 will be sold out after 10 minutes again while Google is preparing the leaks of the nexus 10 (2013) —

  • Larphraulen

    I think this chaos can be summed up in one acronym,


    And who do we have to blame for this? Our impatient selves and partially the under supply of Nexus 4’s, at the time of release.

    Gonna go rock myself to (in)sanity in the corner.

  • Juan
  • LV

    okay this is getting annoying, the nexus 5 and 4.4 better be pretty f****** epic .

  • Oh google please release the Nexus 5.Wrote a whole post on it http://www.geekslaboratory.com/2013/10/expectation-from-lg-nexus-5-by-google.html

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  • hallo

    Will the lg g2 get a 4.4 update? Afterall lg will be building the Nexus 5 and it only seems logical that LG Phones get their updates first.

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