Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) accidentally unveiled the Nexus 5 smartphone before the official unveiling. On Thursday evening, the device was displayed on Google Play. Although the mistake was just a thumbnail image placed online for a brief period, it was a confirmation of the new product and price.
Google Nexus 5 details
The Los Angeles Times shared details on the new smartphone, saying, “according to screenshots of the leak, the Nexus 5 will start at $349 for a 16-gigabyte model without a contract. That’s more than the Nexus 4’s base price last year—it started at $299 for an 8-GB model—but it is still a very low price for a phone with no carrier subsidies. ‘Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways,’ the Nexus 5’s Google Play description read.”
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has yet to make an official comment on the matter.
Google’s Android operating system
In early 2013, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) shared a video showing an upcoming version of the Android operating system. In the video, there was a Google employee who was seen holding a device that was never seen before. As soon as viewers could tell it was the Nexus 5, the search/tech giant took down the video. Interestingly enough, the company didn’t share the details regarding the Nexus 5 with negligence. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approved images of the device and posted them. When someone left their Nexus 5 smartphone at a bar, someone else made a video showing it, then shared it on YouTube. The KitKat (yes, the candy that Android named their 4.4 operating system after) tweeted interesting messages. One of those tweets showed the Android KitKat and the message, “Everybody Dance Now! #AndroidKITKAT”.
Big things are coming for Android, and the Nexus 5 is just a sampling of what we can expect. Next year, Samsung will release the Galaxy S5.