Nexus 5

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Nexus 5
Nexus 5 Front View.png
Front view of the Nexus 5
Codename Hammerhead
Developer Google, LG Electronics
Manufacturer LG Electronics
Series Google Nexus
Compatible networks 2G/3G/4G LTE
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Model LG-D820 (North America)
CDMA band class: 0/1/10
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41
Model LG-D821 (International)
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
First released October 31, 2013; 18 months ago (2013-10-31)
Availability by country
Discontinued 11 March 2015[1]
Predecessor Nexus 4
Successor Nexus 6
Related LG G2
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 137.84 mm (5.427 in) H
69.17 mm (2.723 in) W
8.59 mm (0.338 in) D
Weight 130 g (4.6 oz)
Operating system Android "KitKat" 4.4, upgradable to Android "Lollipop" 5.1
System on chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU 2.26 GHz quad-core Krait 400
GPU Adreno 330, 450 MHz
Memory 2 GB of LPDDR3-1600 RAM
Storage 16 GB (12.55 GB available)[2] or 32 GB (26.7 GB available)[3]
Removable storage Not available
Battery 3.8 V 2300 mAh, 8 Wh
Qi wireless charging
Data inputs Multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer, Accelerometer, Hall effect sensor, Ambient Light sensor, GPS,[4] GLONASS, Beidou,[5] step counter and detector[6]
Display 4.95 in (126 mm) Full HD 1920×1080 px (445 ppi) IPS LCD, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear camera MP 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor with OIS,[7] f/2.4 aperture[8] and LED flash.
Front camera 1.3 MP
Sound Monaural lateral loudspeaker,[7][9] dual microphones, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Connectivity Micro USB, SlimPort, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Other Multi-color LED notification light[10]
SAR Head: 0.810 W/kg (1 g)
Body: 0.998 W/kg (1 g)
Hotspot: 0.998 W/kg (1 g)[11]

The Nexus 5 (codenamed Hammerhead)[12] is a smartphone co-developed by Google and LG Electronics that runs the Android operating system. The successor to the Nexus 4, the device is the fifth smartphone in the Google Nexus series, a family of Android consumer devices marketed by Google and built by an original equipment manufacturer partner. The Nexus 5 was unveiled on 31 October 2013, and released in black and white colors the same day for online purchase on Google Play, in selected countries.

The Nexus 5's hardware is similar to that of the LG G2, with a Snapdragon 800 system-on-chip (SoC), and a 4.95-inch 1080p display. The Nexus 5 is also the first device to feature version 4.4 of Android.


The Nexus 5 was initially released for ordering at Google Play Store on 31 October 2013, in 16 GB and 32 GB variants.[13]

When released, the Nexus 5 was priced at US$349 (16 GB version) and US$399 (32 GB version) in the US.[14][15] This was much lower than comparable smartphones, which would cost around $649.[16]

As of 11 March 2015, the Nexus 5 is no longer available from Google Play Store.[1]



Back, front and side view of a black Nexus 5.

The exterior of the Nexus 5 is made from a polycarbonate shell with similarities to the 2013 version of Nexus 7, unlike its predecessor, which used a glass-based construction. Three exterior colors are available: black, white and red.[17][18]

Its hardware contains similarities to the LG G2; it is powered by a 2.26 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2 GB of RAM, either 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, and a 2300 mAh battery. The Nexus 5 uses a 4.95-inch (marketed as 5-inch) 445 PPI 1080p IPS display, and includes an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The Nexus 5 supports LTE networks where available, unlike the Nexus 4 which unofficially supported LTE on AWS Band 4 only with a hidden software option, but was not formally approved or marketed for any LTE use.[19][20]

There are two variants of the Nexus 5; one is specific to North America (LG-D820), and the other is designed for the rest of the world (LG-D821). The differences between these two variants are in supported cellular frequency bands; see the infobox on the right for more details.[19]

Like its predecessors, the Nexus 5 does not have a microSD card slot,[21] while it features a multi-color LED notification light.[10] There are two grills present on the lower edge of the Nexus 5: one is for the mono speaker and the other is for the microphone.[7][9]

Notable new hardware features also include two new composite sensors: a step detector and a step counter. These new sensors allow applications to easily track steps when the user is walking, running, or climbing stairs. Both sensors are implemented in hardware for low power consumption.[6]


The Nexus 5 is the first Android device to ship with Android 4.4 "KitKat", which has a refreshed interface, improved performance, improved NFC support (such as the ability to emulate a smart card), a new "HDR+" camera shooting mode, native printing functionality, a screen recording utility, and other new and improved functionality.

The device also ships with Google Now Launcher, a redesigned home screen which allows users to quickly access Google Now on a dedicated page, and allows voice search to be activated on the home screen with a voice command. Unlike the stock home screen, Google Now Launcher is not a component of Android itself; it is implemented as part of the Google Search application. Until 26 February 2014, when it was released on Google Play Store for selected Android 4.4 devices, Google Now Launcher was exclusively shipped by default on the Nexus 5, and was not enabled in Android 4.4 updates for any other Nexus device. While an update to the Google Search application containing Google Now Launcher (which itself was tweaked to improve compatibility with other devices as well) was publicly released shortly after the Nexus 5's release, the launcher itself could not at the time be enabled without installing a second shim application.[22][23][24]

Hangouts, which now supports text messaging, is used as the default text messaging application.[6][25]

In December 2013, the Nexus 5 began receiving the Android 4.4.1 update, which fixes issues with auto focus, white balance, HDR+ and other camera issues,[26][27] while introducing some other camera issues for low-light scenes.[28] It also fixes low speaker volume output in certain applications.[29] Android 4.4.2 update followed in a few days, providing further bugfixes and security improvements.[30] In early June 2014, the Nexus 5 received Android 4.4.3 update that included dozens of bug fixes,[31] while another mid-June 2014 Android 4.4.4 update included a fix for an OpenSSL man-in-the-middle vulnerability.[32]

A developer preview of the Android 5.0 "Lollipop" system image was released for the Nexus 5 after the annual Google I/O conference held on June 26, 2014.[33] Release version of Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was made available on November 12, 2014, in form of factory operating system images.[34] In March 2015, the Nexus 5 began receiving the Android 5.1 "Lollipop" update, which addresses several performance concerns in Android 5.0 and, among other improvements, adds support for HD voice calls to other Android 5.1 devices.[35]

Beside official Android releases, third-party builds are also available, including CyanogenMod and OmniRom.[36][37][38][39]


CNET gave the Nexus 5 a "4 out of 5 stars" review, and voted it the best tech product in December 2013 on their CNET 100 leaderboard. Overall, they praised its "strong performance, high-end specs, and ultra-affordable price", while the downsides were described as "screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under auto settings."[40] Camera issues were addressed with the later release of Android 4.4.1.[27]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Google Nexus 5 review: Great value for money | ZDNet
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  9. ^ a b Nickinson, Phil (November 6, 2013). "The Nexus 5 speaker: Yes, there's only one — and software may be hurting what you hear [updated]". Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Reminder: The Nexus 5 has a Beautiful Multi-Color LED Notification Light at the bottom, Take Advantage of It – Droid Life
  11. ^ "OET Exhibits List for FCC ID ZNFD820". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  12. ^ LG 'Hammerhead' Nexus 5 boasts Snapdragon 800, 1080p display
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  14. ^ "Google's $349 Nexus 5 hits today with LTE, KitKat". cnet. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Google's Nexus 6 Pricing Strategy Could Be Brilliant
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  17. ^ Bogdan Petrovan (2013-11-09). "Nexus 5 black vs white comparison: what’s your choice?". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  18. ^ Chris Smith (2014-02-24). "The red Nexus 5 is real and available now from the Google Play Store". Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  19. ^ a b "Google Announces The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Details". Anandtech. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Nexus 4 Includes Support for LTE on Band 4 (AWS)". Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  21. ^ Anthony, Sebastian (October 31, 2013). "Nexus 5 released today: $350 (off-contract) for a KitKat-powered superphone". Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  22. ^ Amadeo, Ron (2014-02-26). ""Google Now Launcher" hits Play Store, brings Google homescreen to GPE & Nexus devices". Ars Technica. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  23. ^ Brian Klug (2013-11-14). "Android 4.4 Factory Images Now Available for Nexus 4, 7 (2012 and 2013), and 10". AnandTech. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
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  26. ^ Official Nexus Google+ page (2013-12-05). "Android 4.4.1 Released to Nexus 5". Google Plus. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  27. ^ a b David Pierce (2013-12-05). "Fixing the Nexus 5: with a new version of Android, Google tackles the camera". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  28. ^ What the Android 4.4.1 update means for Google's Nexus 5 shooters
  29. ^ Rajesh Pandey (2013-12-06). "What’s new in Android 4.4.1". Android Beat. Retrieved 2013-12-07. 
  30. ^ Artem Russakovskii (2013-12-09). "Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H) Is Already Rolling Out To All Nexus Devices - Here Are The OTA ZIP Links For Manual Updating". Android Police. Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  31. ^ Alex Dobie (2014-06-04). "Android 4.4.3 OTA Updates Hitting Nexus Devices". Android Central. 
  32. ^ Andrew Martonik (2014-06-20). "Android 4.4.4 OTA Rollout Begins". Android Central. 
  33. ^ "L Developer Preview - Setting Up the Preview SDK". 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2014-07-07. 
  34. ^ "Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images posted for Nexus 5, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10". 2014-11-12. Retrieved 2014-11-12. 
  35. ^ Loie Favre (2015-03-24). "Android 5.1 Lollipop update: everything you need to know". Retrieved 2015-03-31. 
  36. ^ "A look at CyanogenMod 11 on the Nexus 5". Pocketnow. 2013-12-10. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
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  38. ^ "Developer taps into Snapdragon 800′s always-listening core, give Nexus 5 Moto X-like Touchless Controls". 2014-03-10. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
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