Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat not yet official – but here are today’s rumors

by: Chris SmithOctober 15, 2013

Nexus 5 leak

Google has not quietly unveiled the new Nexus 5 smartphone alongside Android 4.4 KitKat today, as a recent rumor suggested, but plenty of wild new rumors are hovering around.

When talking about the rumor last week, we assumed that Google won’t announce new products without a proper media event, as no press invitations were sent to the media at the time the new October 15 announcement rumor hit the web – comparatively, last year Google sent out invites with more than a week in advanced of its fall event (which was then canceled because of Hurricane Sandy).

That means we’re back to waiting for the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 to be announced, but meanwhile let’s take a look at today’s crazy rumors.

Nexus 5 and Nexus 4 LTE pricing

Yes, the Nexus 4 LTE rumor strikes again – Google has been rumored for a while to officially release a Nexus 4 LTE version, but that has not happen.

Now, Android Geeks picked up the rumor saying that the Nexus 4 LTE will be available in 16GB and 32GB capacities and that it will sell right alongside the Nexus 5. In such a case, the new Nexus 4 LTE versions would cost $299 and $349, making the Nexus 5’s respective versions $100 more expensive, at $399 and $449.

The news comes apparently from an “insider,” but take it with a huge grain of salt. It wouldn’t be completely out of the question for Google to sell a Nexus 4 LTE. But why should Nexus buyers go for such a phone when the Nexus 5 will be a much better choice?

Android 4.4 KitKat to be unveiled on October 18

While Google did not unveil new products today, an image was posted on its KitKat Google+ and Facebook pages, showing the chocolate Bugdroid dancing. The following comment was also posted:

Everybody dance now! #AndroidKITKAT

Android Community took that comment and tried to figure out what it could mean. Long story short, the publication soon found the message to be a reference to a song released on October 18, 1990 by a dance group. The song is exactly 4 minutes and 4 seconds long, and KitKat is Android version 4.4, hence 2+2=fish.

Android 4.4 KitKat

Seriously though, the publication concluded that October 18 may be an actual roll out date for Android 4.4 considering the coincidences.

Sure, it all sounds crazy and all, but then again, doesn’t Google leaves traces and Easter Eggs in everything?

Nexus 5 shown in camera app settings

One keen observer noted on reddit that the Nexus 5 – as shown in existing leaks – looks very much like the handset in the camera switch icon in the Camera app inside Android 4.3. In fact, if you look at the phone in there and at the Nexus 5 images you’ll notice a very striking resemblance.

Nexus 5 in camera switch icon in Android 4.3

It would appear that Google has indeed hinted at the next Nexus phone – it can’t be all a coincidence, can it?

Nexus 5, Google smartwatch and the government shutdown

Phone Arena has a theory/rumor that says that the U.S. government shutdown has prevented Google from unveiling new products today.

Because of the shutdown, there’s reportedly a delay for Google when it comes to obtaining “all the regulatory approvals needed to launch the Nexus 5.” The same thing is said about the rumored Google smartwatch as well.

Google displays in Best Buy

We have already talked about those Google displays in Best Buy which may or may not point to a Nexus 5 arrival. At least one source is claiming that the displays will house the Nexus 5 later this month, with October 31 tossed around as a tentative launch date.

Google display case at Best Buy

However, those same displays are already used to showcase the Nexus 7 versions, the Chromecast and Chromebook laptops.

Feedly is ready for Android 4.4

This isn’t exactly a rumor, as we’re looking at Feedly’s Android app update, which has been prepared to be compatible with Android 4.4 KitKat.

Feedly Android 4.4 KitKat

Since we don’t see that many apps around claiming to be ready for Android 4.4, we can’t but wonder what Feedly knows and why it has updated its app exactly today.

It may be all a coincidence, but it’s enough for speculation to blow up.

Wrap up

The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat rumor mills are still churning out report after report, some crazier than others, so we’ll be here digging for more information for you.

  • Aniruddh

    Hope it’s released soon. Can’t wait to replace my 3 year old LG with a Nexus 5

  • Brian Shieh

    Can’t wait to go from skinned Android to stock! The benefits are waaay better than the cons

  • AndroidBrian

    If the Nexus 5 is $100 more I’m buying the LG G2 with my upgrade…..

    • Clarkkent113

      If it’s $399 I just won’t be able to afford it, which sucks because I really wanted a Nexus 5. I’m so tired of my Note 2/Touchwiz lag.

      • wat

        So install a different ROM

      • MasterMuffin

        But you could afford note 2?

        • Clarkkent113

          Considering I was using an upgrade at the time and got a discount yes. I was hoping to sell my Note 2 for ~$300 and break even by getting a Nexus 5 off-contract.

          • MasterMuffin

            Oh okay

    • David T

      The 16GB N4 was 349$, so 399$ for the N5 isn’t that much of a surprise.

    • Tylerstravis

      I’ll probably roll over to the Xperia Z1.

    • smokebomb

      0 down at T-Mobile. I may go that route as well.

  • MasterMuffin

    October 18th it is… PLEASE GOOGLE!

    • Mayoo

      Please US Government Shutdown you mean?

      I’m sure it delays something for the press conference.

      • MasterMuffin

        Please somebody!

        • Connor Bunten

          october 18th + invite release date (every body dance now) release date 28th the this is it tweet.

  • Guest

    Why bother release an LTE version of the Nexus 4 when they could just enable the dormant chip on the current Nexus 4….

    • Michał Ostrowski

      False, the hardware needed for full LTE support is incomplete…

      • BD1971

        If the hardware is incomplete than how is it I have LTE on my Nexus 4 running at speeds just as fast as my wife’s Note 2. You should research before you say things youknow nothing about.

        • Michał Ostrowski

          Basically no antennas (so no other bands besides AWS) and no certification, thus connecting it to any US LTE network is actually illegal y’know…

          • BD1971

            So your saying that T-Mobile runs AWS band. And that is what I’m picking up.

          • Michał Ostrowski

            Yep, T-Mobile runs AWS band and you’re lucky to be on a network that uses the single band supported by the Nexus 4.

          • BD1971

            I read that it works on AT&Ts AWS band. So that means that it does have all the hardware because those are the only carriers at least in the US that it the phone was designed to run on.

          • Michał Ostrowski

            LTE starts to become a thing worldwide and supporting one band is not enough at all.
            Look at this – an awful lot of other LTE bands are in use even in US, not to mention other countries.

          • Jonathan Bowley

            I like how patient you are in the face of jerk-knee responses. Kudos.

    • Simon Belmont

      It only runs T-Mobile’s LTE band. So it would only help T-Mobile folks.

      The LTE chip needs more LTE bands to work on more carriers. It is what it is.

      • newsjunkieintl

        Exactly, why the discussion about last year’s Nexus which this year’s Nexus 5 is FANTASTIC. The rumors about a Nexus 4 LTE are pitiful and bogus. Nexus 5 kicks butt and will be priced aggressively.

    • smokebomb

      I thought the same thing until I started having connectivity issues. Eventually I gave up, put stock everything back on my phone and live with HSPA+. I’m ready to buy a nexus 5.

  • cheese

    i’m so sick of my Verizon Galaxy Nexus. It has the worst battery life ever.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah, you can thank that early generation LTE chip for that. My GSM G’Nex’s battery life has been great, despite having a slightly smaller battery.

      Shame about that VZW G’Nex. Verizon treated it with such contempt that they won’t be getting another Nexus phone again.

    • MSmith79

      Guess you haven’t tried the Droid DNA. Let’s continue to pray the Nexus 5 will come to VZ. Not looking good so far though.

      • smokebomb

        Given the travesty that is/was the galaxy nexus (I jumped off that ship when I got my nexus 4), I don’t think google will ever work with VZ again.

        • Andrew

          Well… The nexus 7 LTE works on Verizon… Then again, they didnt ask for their permission they tried stopping it since it’s not “approved”

  • Alex Vainshtein

    “Everybody dance now” song is 4 minutes and 6 seconds long

    • le_lutin

      OMG, they’re gonna skip 4.4 and release Android 4.6!!!!! I knew it!

      • Aniruddh

        Too many last minute changes? :P
        Did they explicitly mention Android 4.4 or just KitKat? My memory is failing me

        • turdbogls

          they mentioned 4.4

  • APai

    Woah! $450 is on the expensive side for a nexus!

    • Balraj

      It’s actually $499 !!
      Around 31k, if you include India tax then 40k
      I see no gain here for us :'(

      • Chazz Matthews

        Top Nexus 5 model is and always has been $399 US dollars. You are wrong.

    • newsjunkieintl

      I’ll be shocked if the top end model is over $400. These rumors are bogus click bait.

      • Chazz Matthews

        Great guess. You were right.

  • Balraj

    Phew so we get a date ?
    Two days to go !!!

  • Guest

    Im sooo exiteeed ! I cant wait ! . please GOOGLE HURRY *-*

  • Mario Becerra

    Im soo exciteed ! I cant wait ! Pleasee GOOGLE HURRY *-* !!!

  • Vividh Gulati

    the google+ page for google has the number “31” on its cover photo….that may be of some importance to note…
    perhaps a launch on 18 n market release on 31st oct?

    • turdbogls

      stock calendar app has a 31 on it……you got me excited though…..

      • Vividh Gulati

        crap! i got myself excited.. :/
        maybe google’s holding back the announcement till the apple iPad launch, to take some sheen off it?

  • Vikram

    Awesome Wrap up Android Authority Team…….

  • Don Gerrard

    They want to hurry up as my galaxy nexus samsung is 2 years old and the galaxy 3 may take my money if its not out soon

  • Don Gerrard

    They need to hurry up as my 2 year old galaxy nexus may be replaced by the galaxy note 3

    • Vincent Marino

      Unless the Note 3 and Samsung’s phones are more your cup of tea, I’d just wait for the Nexus 5. It’ll be announced and released before you know it. I’ll be replacing my GNex once it’s out.

  • Simon Belmont

    The “Nexus 4 with 32GB and LTE” is 99.9% likely fake. That was from some anonymous source from months ago that really leads no where. It doesn’t fit Google’s history of never selling two generations of devices concurrently. I just don’t see it happening.

    The KitKat Everybody Dance Now thing is hilarious. People will read into anything. When will someone play with the numbers to make Half-Life 3 confirmed? Hahaha.

    • Max Thomas

      But then again, Google likes hiding stuff like that, ie clock time -> date. So I could very well see this being a valid reason. There’s also the rumor that the 17 letters in “Everybody dance now” is a countdown which was confirmed by todays leak which had 16 kit kats.

      I personally want to think that Google’s going to troll us with dates and then suddenly release the N5 earlier than we all expected.

      • Simon Belmont

        I thought the 16 wafers meant something else. 4 x 4 = 16.

        So, 4 x 4 = Android 4.4. Haha, it’s so open to interpretation and I think Google gets a laugh out of trolling us fans.

  • Andrew

    I think with the Government Shutdown, if they needed some regulatory approvals, they could still announce it, and at worst, delay the actual release of the product.

    I’ve worked with Government required process, and even if we waited on approval, “sometimes” (as in, it is rare, but medical and military is far more important than consumer in getting exact regulations) prebuild product in anticipation of approval.

    I am confident they could do that here.

    • newsjunkieintl

      Government shutdown had no effect. Both the LG-D820 and LG-D821 (North America and International Nexus 5s) passed the FCC certification 2 months ago.

  • MoChange

    I’m think if the Nexus 4 is still in play it might be the $299 option, with the Nexus 5 16Gb and 32Gb coming in at say $349 and $399, I don’t see why they would go $449 which is more then the Nexus 10. It seems odd considering that in the past the previous models were discontinued when a new one came out. Bottom line I think the Nexus 4 is gone, if they had wanted to release a larger capacity or LTE version, the way they did with the Nexus 7 (2012) doubling the storage and adding a GSM version, they probably would have done so when they made the minor cosmetic changes mid-cycle. I think we may see a modest price bump like the Nexus 7(2013) received, but I don’t see them messing (at least too much) with what proved to be a successful formula.

    • Chazz Matthews

      Google NEVER sells two Nexus version phones at the same time. And they did NOT break tradition with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5. If you know WHY Google sells Nexus phones you would understand that point. It’s current state of the art Android on the latest hardware at a reasonable price. A phone with last year specs is not valid to keep selling under the Nexus brand name.

  • Phillip Jones

    I’m also quite intrigued by this post by Swappa on G+:

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