Smartphone is like a small LG G2, is available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon

Google Inc. (GOOG) today began shipping its Nexus 5, an Android smartphone from LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570).

As the name suggests the new smartphone is the fifth generation model in the Google-branded line; previous models include the Nexus One (March 2010) by HTC Corp. (TPE:2498), the Nexus S (Dec. 2010) by Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930), the Galaxy Nexus (Nov. 2011) (also Samsung), and the Nexus 4 by LG (Oct. 2012).

Here’s the Nexus 5's spec list:
  • Price :
  • Form Factor
    • Size:   69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm (2.72 x 5.43 x 0.34 in.)
    • Weight: 130g (4.6 oz)
  • Hardware
    • Screen
      • 4.95 inches
      • 1080p (1920x1080 pixel)
      • 445 ppi
      • Full HD IPS
      • Gorilla Glass
  • SoC
    • Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) Snapdragon 800
      • 2.26 GHz quad-core ARM Krait 400 CPU
      • Adreno 330 GPU
  • RAM: 2 GB DRAM
  • Battery
    • 2,300mAh lithium-ion
  • Storage
    • Internal: 16/32 GB
  • Camera(s)
    • Rear: 8MP (with optical stabilization)
    • Front: 1.3MP
  • Wireless/Cellular
    • LTE*
    • Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    • Bluetooth: v4.0
    • NFC
  • Other
  • dual microphones
The Nexus 5 is compatible with all major U.S. cellular carriers besides Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) subsidiary Verizon Wireless (it doesn't support the LTE or CDMA bands that Verizon uses).
Nexus 5

In terms of its spec, the Nexus 5 closely resembles LG's G2, with a slightly smaller, higher PPI display and a lower resolution camera. Like its predecessors, the new Nexus is an aggressively priced unit which showcases strong hardware and a utilitarian to showcase the mid-range capabilities of Google's Android operating system.

In this case that means KitKat.  KitKat also technically becomes "available" today, although it may be weeks -- or months -- before many Android users receive updates, as OEMs and telecoms are typically sluggish at pushing Google's updates.

Kit Kat brings a number of features including:
  • Access
    • Quicker Google Now access:
      • Swipe left on launcher
      • Or say "OK Google."
    • Widget cleanup/hiding
      • Widgets tab vanishes
      • Long click to add widgets
  • Visual
    • Bigger icons
    • More readable "Roboto" font
    • Translucent menu bar
    • Full screen apps (make buttons/status bar vanish)
  • Features
    • Chat
      • Hangout SMS support
    • Camera
      • HDR+ photo mode (burst photography compositing)
      • Auto Awesome -- auto-generated photo collages
      • Auto Backup -- syncs photos to private cloud storage
      • Photosphere -- 360 camera mode
Perhaps the biggest single change is that the Chromium engine is now running the Java apps.  This essentially unifies the internals of Chrome OS and Android OS, although apps in each remain non-portable due to the lack of common APIs/a common SDK.

Source: Google

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