By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 09, 2013 11:03 AM EDT
The next-generation Nexus smartphone from Google is a hot subject and a render of the purported LG Nexus 5 has just emerged online.
Last year's Google Nexus 4 was made by LG and it proved to be a tremendous success, so big that the companies barely managed to keep up with demand. The Nexus 4 flew off the shelves in no time and both Google and LG received severe criticism for not properly anticipating demand and come up with sufficient supply.
With one year passed and no news about the next-generation Nexus smartphone, rumors are only intensifying in anticipation. A mysterious LG smartphone was recently spotted at the FCC, fueling rumors that it was the next Nexus. Google also recently announced its upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat and posted a video that revealed a bit more than just the operating system, but the company pulled the video shortly after.
The render appears very similar in design to the device spotted in the Android 4.4 KitKat video. It has a Nexus logo in the rear panel, while the big camera on the back was inspired by the one found on the new Nexus 7 tablet. The Reddit user who created the concept also added a front-facing camera to the smartphone in a follow-up render, after receiving suggestions to do so.
Google has made no announcement so far regarding its next Nexus smartphone, which means that no specifications are confirmed at this point.
Based on rumors and the FCC filing, however, the Nexus 5 is expected to sport a 4.96-inch display, the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, NFC, wireless charging, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Seeing that it will be a Nexus device, the next-generation Nexus smartphone is expected to come rocking Android 4.4 KitKat. Google has not announced the exact launch date of its new operating system, but the company usually released a new version of Android along with a new smartphone or tablet. With the new Nexus 7 already out and running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat would likely be unveiled either with the LG Nexus 5 or with the next-generation Nexus 10 tablet.
On the other hand, Google recently cut the prices of the current Nexus 4, which was widely interpreted as a move to clear out existing inventory to make room for a new product cycle. That would mean that the Nexus 5 is likely due to debut soon, and Android 4.4 KitKat should be on board.
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