16GB Nexus 5 Pops Up On Google Play For $350


If you thought Google was pretty silly for accidentally leaking its own Nexus 5 handset in a video of the KitKat statue unveiling, then the company’s latest slip-up should certainly amuse you. For a brief period on Thursday evening, the 16GB Nexus 5 — which is still yet to be announced — was seen on the Google Play store with a $350 price tag.

“Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways,” the handset’s brief description reads, which surely references its new camera technology.

Google quickly pulled the device, but not before a number of websites had already taken screenshots of the store and grabbed the handset’s official press image — which you can see above.


We’ve known for some time what the Nexus 5 will look like, of course, but I think you’ll agree that it looks pretty spectacular in the official image, which gives us a crystal clear look at its stunning new design. The listing also confirms that the device will indeed be called the Nexus 5, and not just the “new Nexus 4.”

It also confirms the handset’s price tag, and the rumor that Hangouts will replace the built-in Messages app (see the dock at the bottom of the display).

The only thing the listing doesn’t confirm is the Nexus 5’s release date. We’re hoping to see an announcement today, which would explain why Google was preparing to update the Google Play store. But some reports have suggested it may not come until October 30. We’ll have to wait and see.

Oh, and for those who are wondering, the Nexus 4 has now been removed from the U.S. Google Play store completely.