Images of the Nexus 5 appear very briefly on Google Play. Is it a sign that the next Google LG collaboration will be released soon?

The latest product of the collaboration between Google and LG, the Nexus 5 might be the worst kept secret in the industry next to the iPad mini 2 and the iPad 5, images of the said smartphone made a short appearance on Google Play store next to its big brother the Nexus 7 and its cousin Nexus 10.

The online store of the search engine giant tagged the Nexus 5 with a starting price of $349. However, it was just a brief encounter with the smartphone as the link leading to its purported dedicated page didn’t load, and the Nexus 5 feature image was quickly replaced by the Nexus 4. As per rumors, estimated price would be between $299 and $399 for a 16GB variant while a 32GB version may cost $450.

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There have been rumors about the said device going around in the past weeks. According to reports, Google will most likely roll out the Nexus 5 with the Android 4.4 KitKat. The exact date hasn’t been revealed, but it will most likely be released soon.

Rendered images of the Nexus 5 also floated around the web that hint it is directed towards Canadian market since it comes with the Telus branding. The screenshots also hint of the visual tweaks brought about by the Android 4.4 Kitkat. The report took note of the camera icon not present on the older version of the OS. The Messenger was also replaced by Hangouts.

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The Nexus 5 appears to be a refreshed version of the G2 by South Korean electronics manufacturer. If this is the case, consumers can expect a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 1080p 5-inch display, and a battery with a 2,300mAh capacity. A purported leaked manual earlier revealed that it might have an 8MP camera instead of a 13MP unit of the LG G2.

The newest Google flagship might also have LTE capabilities with leading mobile carriers such as T-Mobile, and AT&T. Sprint might get it later while the chance for Verizon is very bleak.

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