Google Nexus 5 delayed by government shutdown?

Google Nexus 5 delayed by government shutdown?
October 15th was rumored to be the day that both the Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 would be unveiled, but with only hours left in the day, that doesn't appear to be the case. Still, the rumor network remains open for business and among the juiciest of rumors is one that says that in addition to the Nexus 5, we will soon see an updated version of the Google Nexus 4 with LTE.

Another rumor out of Romania had the 16GB Nexus 5 priced at $399 and the 32GB model at $449.The same report said that the prices are this steep because of the addition of the LTE flavored Nexus 4, which will be priced at $299 and $349 for 16GB and 32GB variants respectively. We recently had received a tip a few weeks ago telling us that pricing for the Nexus 5 would start at $299 for 16GB and be raised $100 more for the 32GB unit.

Tuesday's report went on to add that it is possible that the Android 4.4 update activates the 4G LTE chip that is included in the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset inside the Nexus 4, thus allowing current owners of the device to experience LTE. You might recall all of those rumors about enabling LTE for the Nexus 4 when it was discovered that the handset supposedly had a 4G LTE chip under the hood. Android 4.2.2 eliminated any support for LTE on the device. Have that grain of salt nearby, because this sounds like something that has a very remote chance of happening, especially since Google cut the price of the Nexus 4 in order to clear the shelves before the arrival of the next model.

Another rumor making the rounds on Tuesday suggests that the government shutdown has caused a delay in obtaining all of the regulatory approvals needed to launch the Nexus 5. There is also some speculation that the government shutdown has prevented Google from getting the stamp of approval on its smartwatch, which it wants to show off alongside the Nexus 5. Or perhaps Google is waiting for the end of the month to unveil its new device(s). Considering that Apple is rumored to be launching its two new tablets at the end of October, we're sure that there is nothing that would put a wider smile on the faces of those in Mountain View than taking some newspaper space away from Apple during one of the latter's heavily followed product launches.

source: AndroidGeeks via CNET

Related phones

Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)
Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)



1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just a thought, wouldn't Google have handed out some type of invitation to PA or at least other tech sites like Engadget about what specific day they were going to have an announcement? Also, wasn't last year's event around October 29th or something like that? I would think that the dates would be around the same time each year. So, I am guessing that they are planning for a late October announcement.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Exactly, shouldn't we know when they are going to officially announced it weeks in advance like every other announcement ever? It's kinda a big deal.

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013


5. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'm not that much of a phone junkie so I can wait it out... for a little while... maybe.

7. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

If Google wasn't able to get all of the regulatory approval for the device an event would be pointless because the phone couldn't be released. If Google did get all the approval, sure it would have sent out invitations for an event, assuming it planned to hold an event at all. Remember that Superstorm Sandy cancelled the Nexus 4 announcement last year, but that device still sold well enough to break Google Play. That's why there is now the rumor that maybe Google isn't planning to hold an event at all.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I doubt that their device wasn't approved unless they made last minute changes within the last two weeks and had to have the device get another approval. They sent in their device at the beginning of September and it only takes a few days for a device to get an FCC approval, especially from a company as large as Google it would've been on a higher priority list (even though that's technically not fair, it happens). Also, if that were the case, then Apple would have had to cancel their event as well considering that they are most likely also introducing an LTE version of their iPad. A lot of tech blogs have pointed to the end of October as being the release date for the next Nexus device. Again, it falls in line with previous announcements over the years. You mentioned how Hurricane Sandy cancelled the announcement event for the Nexus 4, but Google still sent out invitations for said event. So, you should have known at least a week before October 15th that they probably weren't going to announce the next Nexus device because you didn't receive an invitation telling you about an October 15th event.

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The delay may have been for the LTE Nexus 4, which we haven't seen pass through the FCC. I mention Sandy because it proved that maybe Google doesn't need to do a big announcement for a Nexus phone and incremental Android update.

29. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

Google could have handed out an invite, but said invite could have a non-disclosure agreement attached. Muaha ha ha ha ha...

3. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

so question. frequently tech sites mention that samsung or apple or google or whoever schedule press events to steal thunder from each other, or whatever. that makes sense. by scheduling the launch of the nexus 5 closer to the launch of the ipad 5, they would be stealing "newspaper space" from apple. but the nexus 5 is kind of a big deal as far as phones go. by scheduling it closer to the ipad 5 launch, won't they also be putting apple in a position to technically be taking "newspaper space" from the nexus 5 as well?

6. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That's why it's smarter for Google to go AFTER Apple instead of before, because otherwise you risk your device only getting a weeks worth of attention before they move on to the other company's device.

9. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That would make sense for someone like Samsung, but the Nexus 5 is in no way competing with the iPhone. The Nexus is a niche device for developers, hackers, and general nerds. It isn't a casual consumer device. It doesn't matter when Google announces it, because the majority of those who are going to buy a Nexus already know it and wouldn't be swayed by some Apple attention.

14. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

ah, that would make more sense. are the nexus devices niche though? i mean, it is quite possible my social circle is fairly limited, but i feel like people know about the nexus devices.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

People know but the casuals love gimmick software. If their was no such thing as contracts the nexus phones would be one of the most popular devices.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2431; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If that were true then Google wouldn't have spent money trying to advertise the Nexus 4 during big television events such as the Grammy's. While they aren't trying to outsell the iPhone, they are indeed trying to compete with the iPhone on some level. If the Nexus devices were just meant for developers and "hackers" then they wouldn't have spent so much time trying to market it to the general public.

22. batman888

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 06, 2012

But hey, apple also has a 64 bit processor under the hood .

8. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

I am ready to pick up the LG G2 but I want to see the new Nexus first and then I’ll decide. It sounds crazy but they will probably wait until end of this month possibly on Halloween. KitKat ? KitKat bars are a well-known Halloween candy :)

12. GeekMovement unregistered

I'm doing exactly what you're doing, waiting to see if I should pick the nexus 5 over the LG G2 lol (; Really hoping it's coming soon!

13. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

LOL let me know what you decide to do. I still have my old Galaxy S2 Skyrocket so anything is an upgrade for me. But deep down I want the Nexus and I'm hoping for a good battery life as well.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

Will do! I have the same thoughts as you, hoping for the nexus to come with a comparable battery life to the G2. I am currently using the first Galaxy S Epic 4G so looks like we're on similar boats lol.

26. garyyad

Posts: 10; Member since: May 22, 2012

marry each other.

28. GeekMovement unregistered

you jealous?

30. E.S.1

Posts: 308; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Nice :)

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

11. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Can't be mad at that cost. $300 was too good to be true.

15. tttony

Posts: 29; Member since: Jul 22, 2012

Google must learn, come on, Nexus 4 is/was a good phone but the problem again is the selling, stock gone in seconds and amazon, ebay with phones overpriced, that's bull***t man, come on Google leran from that!

17. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Blame lg for not making enough.

24. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

I am pretty sure that somebody at LG was yelled at because of this, well doesn't matter to us, coz we customers... and what we want? EVERYTHING! when do we want it? RIGHT NOW!

21. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 2013

23. taojj

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

Its funny. Phone Arena won't be trusting their tipsters anymore. They are feeling so ashamed that they have come up with a dedicated article ( Full of lousy facts) on why there was no event on 15th October. While all the tech sites are trying to hide their failure, the folks at Mountain View must be laughing out loud. Good Job Google or should i say US Government. lol

25. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It already passed the FCC so I don't think so. IF there's a delay, it means more units will be at launch so it's not a biggie.

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