Nexus 5 Makes Brief Appearance on Google Play: $349 for 16GB Version

Images Nexus 5 smartphone surfaced online on Google Play store in the United States with a price tag of $349 (£215).

Google’s most rumored device, Nexus 5, appears and soon disappears in Google Play. Photo: Google Play

Probably, Google’s Nexus 5 is the worst kept surprise in the industry. Numerous images of the upcoming Google flagship have already been spotted, and it’s been caught on video and now it appears that we have a price for it: $349.

That price is set for the entry level (16GB) model, according to Google Play. Due to a glitch of Google’s official web store we can see the device clearly listed in it, but clicking on the phone doesn’t bring us an enlarged image or more details.

“Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways,” the Nexus 5 Google Play listing read. “Starting at $349.”

The product was quickly removed from the store, but a screen shot made by Android fans showd how Google’s new mobile operating system Android KitKat will look.

When speaking of the details, the camera icon, phone icon and Gmail icon are now changed, and the default Android SMS app has been replaced with Google Hangouts, reports The Telegraph.

The screenshot also deminstrates an updated camera, confirming rumours that the next generation flagship will feature an 8-megapixel rear camera.

When the Nexus 5, which is rumored to be unveiled to public in the coming weeks it is expected to replace the popular Nexus 4 Android smartphone, which is manufactured by LG.

The news comes a few days after reports emerged, claiming that Google is reported to be close to unveiling its first smartwatch and to become the third company linked with the device.

If rumors are true to believe, the Internet searching giant has a slightly different approach on its smartwatch.

It’s said to be heavily focused on Google now and Android 4.4. And it does seem to make sense – turning your smartphone into an assistant, as opposed to a smaller version of your smartphone, Phandroid writes.

Useful information such as calendar notes, emails and text messages could all be shown on the predicted device’s display.

According to sources, the Internet giant is now seeking for news ways to extend the battery life of its smartwatch – a major challenge for makers of a little device like this – as well as focusing heavily on Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Meanwhile, Cnet wonders: “Can Google liven up a market that has yet to truly take off? Despite consumer awareness of smartwatches, ownership is still fairly low, according to a recent survey from On Device Research and CCS Insight. The poll also found that 40 percent of smartwatch owners stop using them because they forget about them or get bored with the technology.”

The site adds: “One drawback is that today’s smartwatches need to operate in tandem with smartphones, meaning people have to juggle and switch between both devices. Based on the scoop from 9to5Google, Google’s smartwatch would work the same way. Another limitation, recently expressed by Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, is that smartwatch technology is constrained by how big a watch people are willing to wear.”

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