As if the cacophony of leaks around the Nexus 5 weren’t enough, here’s the most official yet: Google’s latest flagship phone has appeared on the Play store. The listing appears to have been made in error, as the phone cannot be bought and no details are available but the most important — a starting price of $349 for the 16GB version. While that’s a higher barrier to entry than we saw with the Nexus 4, which also cost $349 at 16GB but had a $299 8GB model, it’s still an attractively low price for what appears to be a more than capable device. Google’s tagline for the LG-made phone is “Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.”
UI TWEAKS MATCH EARLIER LEAKS
The image of the Nexus 5 on the Play store is small, but a Verge commenter has provided a high-resolution version; it displays some of the same Android UI tweaks found on press shots that leaked earlier today. The next version of Android, 4.4 KitKat, looks to employ translucency effects on elements such as the app drawer and on-screen buttons, and the blue accents used in earlier versions of the software appear to have been replaced with white. Some apps have received new icons, too, including the camera and phone, and the wallpaper features an abstract “5” design in much the same style as the new Nexus 7’s.
Google is yet to announce anything official about the Nexus 5, but it can’t be far off now.