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Nexus 5 to come as Nexus 4 (2013) like Google did with Nexus 7, here are the arguments

Nexus 5 to come as Nexus 4 (2013) like Google did with Nexus 7, here are the arguments
Some intriguing reverse engineering has been done further on the leaked early build of Android 4.4 KitKat running on an alleged Nexus 5 prototype. The thing is that we keep calling it the Nexus 5, assuming that's only logical after Nexus 4 last year.

The leak's Italian sources, however, are slipping the idea that Google might actually name it Nexus 4 (2013), like it did with the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet this year, and could do with the leaked Nexus 10 tablet as well. Their arguments are numerous and sound rather plausible at this stage.

First off, the phone itself says Nexus 4 in the settings, but its keys, frame, display, and other hints aren't of Google's hit phone. There's no faux chrome rim around the sides, so some suggested this is the Galaxy Nexus. The screen's black, however, is not completely dark, indicating an LCD display, and looks way more defined than the AMOLED one on the Galaxy Nexus. The front camera on the left and the earpiece grill on the right jibe with the positions we saw on the leaked photos of what we thought will be called Nexus 5.

The baseband version listed on the phone is an earlier one than what we have now on the Nexus 4, with LTE enabled, whereas Google has it blocked on last year's device. Moreover, the build is listed as "hammerhead", whereas the internal name of the Nexus 4 in that department is "mako". Finally, in the interface part you can see that the phone's gallery and camera apps are different than what we have on the Nexus 4, while the app drawer has 5x4 instead of 5x5 grid. 

All in all, the conclusion from this rather different, yet still named Nexus 4 device the sources have, is that Google might save the Nexus 5 moniker for next year's big Android 5 edition milestone, and simply ship this year's version as Nexus 4 (2013) to go with Android 4.4 KitKat. What do you think - logical explanation or a stretch derived from a prototype?


source: TuttoAndroid

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posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:42 1

1. goojman (Posts: 44; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Sounds stupid.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:15 11

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Nexus 5 did sound better

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:48 4

15. PootisMan (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


That's true, but with nexus 7 and nexus 10 retaining the same name then wouldn't you think the nexus 4 would too?

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:23 8

18. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


The entire naming scheme was flawed in a way. The 7 was a 7" tablet and the 10 was a 10" tablet, but the 4 wasn't a 4" phone. The 4 was the 4th Nexus phone, but that same logic doesn't hold for the tablets. If you keep increasing the phone number, you eventually run into the tablet names. Personally, I like the N5 better because it'll be the 5th Nexus phone.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 17:32 1

28. Professor (Posts: 115; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


I agree with Googler...

The Nexus 4 name was based because it was the 4th Nexus phone. And since this will be the 5th Nexus phone the logic means it has to be call the Nexus 5.

But I agree with that if the continue raising the numbers people are going to get confused with the tablets whose numbers (or names) are based on the screen size and not on the tablet generation.

But, I actually don't care what number they decide to use, or how they decide to call it. But NEXUS 4s sounds like a nice name also, and that way people know thats the new one, not the old one (Nexus 4).

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:23 1

19. harsha_bonmec (Posts: 10; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


@PootisMan
Only if new Nexus has the same screen size as Nexus 4. But it is rumored to have ~5" screen. So, it would be logical to name it Nexus 5 just like its cousins 7 and 10.

@Googler Nexus 4 was logical because it had 4.7"screen.

Heck! Whatever the name is I am getting one.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 13:38 2

25. PootisMan (Posts: 182; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Well, whatever the name ends up being I am still going to get it.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 17:25 1

27. Professor (Posts: 115; Member since: 02 Aug 2013)


Re: "Heck! Whatever the name is I am getting one"

Me too...

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:29 2

21. medicci37 (Posts: 552; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


That logic makes no sense. Google stuck with nexus 7 because it's a 7 inch tab. Wouldn't make sense 2 name the new 5 inch nexus the nexus 4

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:43 2

2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Nexus 4 2012 doesn't have AMOLED. And I'm still here woohoo.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:48

6. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


They have it confused with the galaxy nexus.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:53

7. Daniel.P (Posts: 97; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Fixed, thanks, yes, the Italians meant the Galaxy Nexus

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:44

3. sashebalchev (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


Nexus 4 doesn't have AMOLED display. It's IPS LCD.

P.S.: bob got it first.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:44 1

4. roilosh (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


The nexus 4 doesn't have an AMOLED display.. it has an IPS LCD if I remember correctly.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:47 1

5. irellemot (Posts: 29; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)


Along with the incorrect AMOLED screen, its mako, not "maco"

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 07:55 2

8. jove39 (Posts: 1206; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


call it whatever...I just want it to be better (battery and big display) than last year's N4.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:03

9. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2096; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


It's okay but it should not be faulty piece like Nexus 7 (2013) than their predecessors. Nexus 5 should be with more technology and optimum OS oriented.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:15 1

11. masterpfa (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


They can call it all they want, just please include LTE and better battery management.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:19

12. Retro-touch (Posts: 239; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


As long as it has a great camera and the internals which its rumored to have i'll be happy

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:35

13. hmd74 (Posts: 219; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


As guys in Iran say:
!دقتت تو حلقم
Means : Your Accuracy in my throat!!!

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:40 1

14. Sakeem (Posts: 130; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)


I can care less what they call it. In fact, I want to call it MINE once all the details come out.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 08:59

16. roldxx (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


nexus # refers to its screen size. everything else doesn't matter. this article doesn't matter

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:25

20. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Does it? My N4 doesn't have a 4" screen.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 09:00

17. nicknowsky (Posts: 13; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)


I've got new nexus 4 in the box....but I'm tempted not to use if this new Nexus is really "all that"...but if it's an LG device a nexus 4 2013 refresh doesn't sound far fetched...camera if these rumors that the camera is badass..I'm getting one..otherwise the nexus 4 is still a suitable device

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:07

22. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 548; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


It makes sense if its Nexus 5 coz of screen size juz like Nexus 7 & 10.....

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 10:13

23. MirOsamahAli (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Nexus 4 has a screen size of 4.7, which is still a 4' screen so the naming is pretty sensible.

The numbering system will eventually fade out like the s4 and the iPhone 5, so generations on Nexus devices is brilliant, they can have as many generations as they want without running out of numbers.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 16:08

26. lifeyourlive (Posts: 126; Member since: 23 Aug 2013)


So you're trying to tell me there will be galaxy 999? And they will run out of numbers? :) it is impossible to run out of numbers

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 12:13

24. pyromaniac (Posts: 3; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


Good argument but whether this IS the nexus 5 er not, i think after they do use up the nexus 5 name they'll stick to it. nexus "7" is because of the 7 inch tab. nexus "10" is because of the 10-inch tab.

So it's very likely that this 5 inch display nexus will be the nexus 5.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 21:17

29. ckoch125 (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Except nexus 7 didnt change screen size, this would just sound dumb.

posted on 03 Oct 2013, 21:20

30. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


They should call it the N5, and then stick to the name. Would be nice-N5,N7,N10.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 00:30

31. roscuthiii (Posts: 1717; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Probably trying to hold off hitting the Nexus 6 brick wall. Pretty sure that's copyrighted. They're gonna need a new naming scheme or be forced into some licensing deal.
I was hoping to get a Nexus 6 in whatever form factor it came out in to name Rachael. Maybe Roy. But... I thought they might run into issues with it.

posted on 10 Oct 2013, 06:14

32. JDMC..SmartphoneFan (Posts: 8; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


please somebody explain me why the Android Version is KeyLimePie and not KitKat...

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