Google announces the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4, 16 GB for Rs. 28999

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Google has announced the “oh so leaked” Nexus 5 officially and this time around it has popped up on the Indian Play Store as well. The Nexus 5 has a lot of specs similar to the LG G2 a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM, a 4.95-inch 1080p display. 

The Nexus 5 retains wireless charging and goes on sale in the US today for a price of US$ 349. You’ll also find LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac WiFi and NFC on the Nexus 5, along with Google’s latest Android KitKat (Aka 4.4). The front of the Nexus 5 is quite similar to the LG G2, and the bezels appear to be made of aluminum.


Considering India a key market, in the official press release Google mentioned :

Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India).

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Pricing seems a bit higher compared to the US$ variant, however that has been the case since the launch of the first Nexus Device. 


[toggle title=”Press Release”]Android for all and the new Nexus 5

Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans. First, we’re excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. And second, we’re introducing Nexus 5-a new Nexus phone developed with LG.

The first thing you’ll notice about KitKat is we’ve made the experience much more engaging: the book you’re reading, the game you’re playing, or the movie you’re watching-now all of these take center stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.

Bringing more Google smarts to Android
Behind the polish on the screen is the power under the hood. Take the Phone app, which for most people hasn’t really changed since the days of flip phones. Now, we’re making calling easier than ever, by helping you search across your contacts, nearby places, or even Google Apps accounts (like your company’s directory), directly from within the app. And with the new Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together in the same place, alongside your other conversations and video calls, so you’ll never miss a message no matter how your friends send it. This is just a small taste of KitKat-learn more on our site.

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. With the new Nexus 5 launcher, Google smarts are deeply integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast. Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips. Put Google to work for you by saying “OK, Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song you want to hear. And in the coming weeks, we’re enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.

Reaching the next 1 billion users
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn’t benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we’ve slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.

Introducing Nexus 5
Along with our sweet naming tradition, we also introduce a new device with each platform release to showcase the latest Android innovations. For KitKat, we partnered with LG to develop Nexus 5 — the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. Its design is simple and refined to showcase the 5″ Full HD display. Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.

Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at $349. Just in the time for the holidays, Nexus 5 will be available soon at the following retailers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.

Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.

How’s that for a treat?

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  • anmolbabbar2995

    I am a just a regular blogger who provide reviews for electronic gadgets. I found this article interesting and am already using a Nexus 5. 
    Check out the review on my site:

  • Saswat S Nayak

    Will it support future 4g TD LTE networks in India?

  • rony

    If I will buy a nexus 5 in United states and carry to india so Will it work in india?

    • pratik ghogre

      It will work, but the device wont support 4G/LTE standards in India.
      where to say in simple, it would just support 3G where LTE is just at its initial stage in India!

      • rony

        Thanks for reply.

  • yashwanth

    if i buy google nexus 5 from USA do i need to use voltage convertor for charging it here in India.Can u plz clear my doubt ?

    • pratik ghogre

      just plug in your nexus 5 charger and charge the device!

  • tech4reak

    LOL!!! guys I got my nexus5 32gb variant with flipcase for 449 dollars :P thats more cheaper compared to buying a nexus5 here with only the 16gb variant for 28999 :P such poop pricing in India

  • Sumith

    Android Kitkat 4.4 AVAILABLE for all devices which run Android 4.1+ .xda-devlopers extracted the launcher and released it all over the world
    1.Go to this link -!5hoBjDRL!cv0Wc0SaSAIGH5kz9sSFK1R5cn4FlcpeYyMdT4-Nhc0
    2.Extract the file and insert it to your smartphone
    3.Install Google Home.apk, Velvet.apk and PrebuiltGmsore.apk
    4.Click on Launcher and enjoy

  • Rizwan Azad

    Rs. 25,000 for 16GB version and Rs. 28,000 for 32 GB version would have been more justified price and would have been a better VFM device in India. Nevertheless, it’s still a sweet deal at this price point. I am bit unsure about the camera quality and battery back up, although some recent reviews from, techobuffalo and others says that both camera and battery is good. Now I just hope it get released on rumored 11th Nov. Dying to get a hold on to it.

    • pratik ghogre

      dude nexus 5 is now available for purchase, on Infibeam India mega-store. its play-store release is still awaited!

  • the shipping cost and tax of nexus 5(16 GB) in us costs around $40 in us which makes the nexus 5 to be priced about $ (349+40) = $389 which in India is 24118 and the phone is listed at 28,999 in Indian play store.

    My concern is will this be the final cost including taxes or we still have the tax which will take it to 31,000 in India ??

    • Mohib Sheth

      No, Google India Play Store price of Rs 28,999 is all inclusive.

    • pratik ghogre

      that is for the USA model!
      which is made up of cheap and recycled materials (it may look same) we’ll the US version wont support LTE network in India due to change in Bandwidth infrastructure, In India the UK (classic and elegant) version of nexus 5 will work, which cost about 300GBP,( for 16GB) i.e 30000INR, which is more than the Indian retail price.

  • Dj JaZ

    I wanna know 1 thing that the specification of Nexus 5, Lg G2, Note 3 and Sony Z1 are same But benchmark results of Note 3, G2 and Z1 is very high than Nexus 5 so can any1 tell me this.

    Bharat Nagpal Can u plzz clear this doubt.

    • Vinay Lahoti

      Because of Throttle :>
      Wait for Custom Roms and CPU Frequency Changer..
      it can beat the shit out of S4 and ONE

      • Dj JaZ


  • Savan Nagda

    any idea whn it will be available in INDIA…i wanna buy it…

    • pratik ghogre


  • Nayeemuddin Muhammad

    N5 may not matter, but what would be the price of Nexus 4, now after the launch of N5?

    • tech4reak


    • pratik ghogre


  • Darshan Devarajaiah

    Spec matters only for shitdroid phones . But not for iphones . Think why .

  • Zoheb Daimi


  • Ujjwal Kumar

    I’m only excited 4 kitkat 4.4

  • Tariq Jamadar

    what’s the price of the device and when it is releasing ??

  • Soham Deshmukh

    Giveaway is coming ;)

  • Ali Us Saqib


  • Abhishek Nair

    Must buy

  • Vineet Dash

    coming soon to india, yes ….how soon… a year later ????

  • NadeemAnsari

    OMG Nexus 5 is official!! Check out the hands-on with full phone specs right here

  • Guneet Singh

    that cud b my next phone..if not.. then ill wait for galaxy S5..

  • ShishirMukherjee

    Crap but still a staller..:P

  • saptarsshi

    If this price is correct n if Google offers the Nexus 5 through their play store in India then it would pretty much put a death nail on other Android devices , good for Android lovers though ,  on a personal note the the previous Nexus 4 looked better as this one looks like a scaled down Nexus 7 with a horrible looking rear cam , cheers !

  • Pushkar Kurhekar

    ^ Because many people (outside India) don’t use it, is what I’ve heard… They don’t put the hardware in it for radio, I have no idea why. Maybe the reason I stated, maybe not.

  • Love_Rizwan

    While it’s good to know that Nexus 5 is coming soon to India but it’s pricier at least by 5k compared to the US pricing even if you include taxes and import duty. Nevertheless it’s one hell of a device even at this price. The only grey area which concerns me is the camera quality and battery life. Let’s wait for the review first.

  • karanjotsdeloitte

    @Snehal Khillare If you buy phone from US it would cost you around 27k. $349 is exclusive of shipping and taxes!

  • karanjotsdeloitte

    @Kshitij Tripping LTE comes along with Snapdragon 800 chipset. Since they were using that chipset it really didn’t make sense to “remove” it!

  • karanjotsdeloitte

    @Priya Satpute I don’t think so play store will offer COD for Nexus 5! And the devices will be available at LG stores as well but will debut first in play store.

  • piyushvallecha

    Great specs, price is the higher side considering the Nexus series track record, but flagship feature worth a buy !

  • Simha Pradeep

    Buit why don’t they provide radio?

  • bobbyahuja7

    I’m currently without a smart phone and I just need this thing real bad.
    Coming soon?
    Nexus 4 was 5-6 months late in India, does anyone know when this will be available on Indian playstatore?

  • Nitiin Singh Biisht

    Want this (y)

  • Mrinal Agarwal

    And so was the nexus 7(2013) :P

  • Saurav Verma


  • Aishwary Mehta

    its not officially launched in india.. when it does it will be available on other online shopping websites

  • Aishwary Mehta

    sirji review and unboxing ki exclusive video ka wait rahega apse…:D

  • Avinash Meeniga

    Waiting for Kitkat

  • Abhishek Verma

    The specs are awesome

  • Shohag Ahmed Chowdhury

    ordered 13 minutes after released, cant wait to get it on hand

  • Nester Dsouza


  • Priya Satpute

    So, it will be available on google store only?? What abt COD facility on google store? Is it there??

  • Senthil Kumar


  • Sidharth Shankar

    Camera not receiving good comments…

  • Rinit Bawa

    Luvish Mirani…..what say??

  • Shane Dwayne Albuquerque

    it comes with only 1MP front camera :(

  • Kshitij Tripping

    i wish that the LTE feature was removed and the price would be lower to 24k~ .. we are not going to use it anyway !!

    • tech4reak

      Get it from U.k if u need immidiately or U.S if u can wait No way I am going to pay 29 for the same mobile for 20 in US :(

  • Rajesh Nayak

    awsumm….. (y)

  • Keshav Karanth

    For all you guys complaining about the cost of this device, mind you. This does run the snapdragon 800 chipset which is also present in the g2 and the z1 which are in the price range of 35 to 41k. And this is a phone by Google itself so updates are a huge bonus. And this runs on the latest android 4.4

  • Rajesh Banik

    Kaya hua….22000 se 7000 jada… bhi ta best hey
    ……android 4.4 kitkat. …

  • Raja Guhan

    29,000 aa raha hey eh..

  • Rajesh Banik

    Guhan buy it…..itz the best smartphone. ….

  • Karthikeyan Ganesh

    Postponed my plans of getting Nexus 4 :D … OOOOOOOoooooboooyyyy cant wait for this :D

  • hiteshn

    actually for all who are saying it is outrageous pricing by google in India…
    firstly the us variants pricing is without taxes and shipping…. so the total estimate is much more than the price listed… making the 16gb nexus 5 approx 26K
    so the variation is only 3000 compared to the us pricing…. so cheer up guys

  • Raja Guhan

    Was expecting a little less price than this :(

  • Snehal Khillare

    349$ but in india 28999

  • Karan Das

    And i suppose bharat is gonna get the white n5? ;)

  • srinidhikowshik

    why pay 42k for xperia z1 or ultra,optimus g2 when u get same spec just for 28 k

  • Kushal Shah

    awesome phone watiting for a google phone from so many years

  • Snehal Khillare

    Sagar Sawant Nitesh Shettigar

  • Adit Lal

    Why is it soooo freaking costly

  • Dwayne Rooney Fernandes freaking pissing off.I gyaan write to them asking them to reduce it

  • Ankit Chauhan

    Baap re

  • Sha Shank

    finallyy :-D

  • Imad Uddin

    But I want to by google nexus 6

  • Gopi Krishan

    hey bharat any speculated date of release??

  • Anuj Khatri

    kyu kyu kyu….itna late announce krte h…ab to maine le lia phone

  • Ayush Jajoria

    29K INDIA 16 GB , 33K 32 GB

  • Ayush Jajoria
  • Udit Verma


  • rk_ftw

    Nexus 5 + Android 4.4 KitKat ftw :D

  • Karthikeyan Prem