|Developer||Google, LG Electronics|
|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 (Rest of World)
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20
|First released||October 31, 2013|
|Availability by country|
|Dimensions||137.84 mm (5.427 in) H
69.17 mm (2.723 in) W
8.59 mm (0.338 in) D
|Weight||4.59 oz (130 g)|
|Operating system||Android KitKat 4.4|
|System on chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.28 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 330 450 MHz|
|Memory||2 GB RAM|
|Storage||16 GB (12 GB available) or 32 GB (26.7 GB available)|
|Battery||3.8 V 2300 mAh, 8 Wh, Qi wireless charging, built-in|
|Data inputs||Multi-touch, capacitive touchscreen, dual microphones, proximity sensor, Gyroscope, compass, barometer, Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, step counter and detector|
|Display||4.95 in (126 mm) diagonal IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1080×1920 px (445 PPI)
|Rear camera||8 MP 1/3.2-inch CMOS sensor with OIS, f/2.4 aperture and LED flash.|
|Front camera||1.3 MP|
|Connectivity||3.5 mm TRRS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
|Other||Multi-color LED notification light
Monaural lateral loudspeaker
The Nexus 5 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 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 exterior of the Nexus 5 is made from a polycarbonate shell with similarities to the new Nexus 7, unlike its predecessor, which used a glass-based construction.
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). 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.
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.
Like its predecessor, the Nexus 5 does not have a microSD card slot, while it features a multi-color LED notification light. Despite the fact there is a pair of speaker grilles present on the lower edge of the Nexus 5, there is only one speaker; one grille is for a speaker, and another is for a microphone.
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.
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.
Nexus 5 ships with Google Experience Launcher (GEL), a redesigned home screen which allows users to access Google Now on a dedicated page, and allows voice search to be activated on the home screen with a voice command. Unlike other features of Android 4.4, GEL is not technically part of Android; it is technically a component of the Google Search application. As of November 2013, GEL is exclusively shipped on Nexus 5, and is not enabled in the Android 4.4 updates for any other Nexus device. However, an update to the Search application containing the launcher's code was distributed for other Android devices – but the launcher itself cannot be enabled without installing a second shim application.
- After the camera was unfavorably compared with other high-end smartphones, Google said that software is to blame, and has promised a fix in the coming weeks.
- It has been speculated that poor audio quality could also be a fixable software problem. Google is working on fixing this issue.
- Some devices show hissing, popping, loud static, and very low volume with the built-in microphone.
- The headset microphone input volume is very low. Google said this is a software issue and they are working on it.
- There is a problem with the camera capturing solid green or black photos, seemingly caused by the face unlock operation. Also may be caused by using Google Goggles. Google said the issue is fixed and pending for a future release.
- The Wi-Fi can crash when trying to automatically connect to a network.
- When calling a busy number, terminating the call is not possible on some carriers.
- The barometer driver hangs and kills accelerometer on its way. A reboot is needed to make them work again. Google is aware of the issue and working on a fix.
- On some units, the buttons audibly jiggle when the phone is shaken.
- While changing the volume using the volume rocker with a headset connected, system notification sound is played through both the speaker and connected headset.
- When using only slide to unlock, a missed call unlocks the phone until the auto-lock timer kicks in.
- Nexus 5 system info screenshots emerge, rehash top shelf specs and 12 GB user-available memory
- Google Nexus 5 review: Great value for money | ZDNet
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- Android Issue 61873: Camera app showing green noisy screen
- Android Issue 61945: Wireless driver crash on Android 4.4 / Nexus 5
- Android Issue 62077: Unable to terminate call when line is busy
- Android Issue 62938: Barometer driver hangs and kills accelerometer on its way.
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