After a series of leaked images and rumors pretty much outed Google’s latest flagship smartphone and specs before it’s release date, Google has officially acknowledged the existence of the highly anticipated handset. Google made the announcement Thursday (Oct. 31) in a blog post as previous reports suggested.
Befitting Halloween, Google also announced that the LG manufactured Nexus 5 will debut its latest candy code-named operating system platform, Android 4.4 KitKat. Announced earlier this year, Android 4.4 KitKat follows up Google’s Android Jelly Bean OS and promises to provide an enhanced Android experience. “Google has always focused on helping users get immediate access to the information they need, and we want to bring this same convenience and power to users on Android”, Google’s senior vice president of Android, Chrome & Apps, Sundar Pichai said a blog post Thursday.
The new Android KitKat OS requires just 512MB of RAM to run smoothly, which is good news for updating older Android devices. Fragmentation has haunted Google for some time now, as many devices still run on its older OS releases. According to data from Google, 29 percent of Android devices are still running on its two year old Android Gingerbread OS. Within the coming weeks, Android KitKat OS updates will roll out for the existing Nexus 4, 7 and 10 devices. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition handsets will also receive the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS update.
Nexus 5 pre-orders began in the U.S. and Canada, directly from the Google Play Store as of Thursday (Oct. 31), unlocked with no contract. Priced at $349 for the 16GB model and $399 for the larger capacity 32GB model, the Nexus 5 sold out within a couple of hours of being announced. Customers in the U.K. Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea were also able to purchase the Nexus 5 from Google Play. Availability in India is coming soon, confirmed Google. Orders begin shipping on Nov. 8 for those who were among the first to pre-order the Nexus 5.
If you missed your chance to pre-order the Nexus 5, you may be happy to know that select carriers are confirmed to carry the device soon. Sprint is set to launch the Nexus 5 on Nov. 8, while T-Mobile will offer the device in the coming weeks. AT&T is expected to also carry the Nexus 5, although no official announcement was made from the carrier yet. As The Verge reports, Verizon will not carry the Nexus 5. Retailers Amazon, Best Buy and Radio Shack are expected to offer the Nexus 5 to coincide with the upcoming Holiday shopping season.
This is not the first time Google has experienced its flagship device flying off the shelves. Nexus 5 predecessor, the Nexus 4 sold out twice in a short capacity of time. As history tends to repeat itself, hopefully Google will have a new inventory of Nexus 5 phones on deck soon. To learn more about the Nexus 5, check out the official website here.