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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1. goojman

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sounds stupid.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Nexus 5 did sound better

15. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 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?

18. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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.

28. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 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).

19. harsha_bonmec

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

25. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

27. Professor

Posts: 223; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

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

21. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

6. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

They have it confused with the galaxy nexus.

7. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

3. sashebalchev

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

Nexus 4 doesn't have AMOLED display. It's IPS LCD. P.S.: bob got it first.

4. roilosh

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

5. irellemot

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

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

8. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

11. masterpfa

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

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

12. Retro-touch unregistered

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

14. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

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

16. roldxx

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

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

20. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

17. nicknowsky

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 30, 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 if these rumors that the camera is badass..I'm getting one..otherwise the nexus 4 is still a suitable device

22. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

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

23. MirOsamahAli

Posts: 29; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

26. lifeyourlive

Posts: 126; Member since: Aug 23, 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

24. pyromaniac

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 01, 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.

29. ckoch125

Posts: 193; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

30. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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

31. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

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