Nexus 5 to feature nano SIM card slot, Android 4.4 might mandate nano SIM for all phones (nope)

Nexus 5 to feature nano SIM card slot, Android 4.4 might mandate nano SIM for all phones (nope)
We’ve already seen images and specifications for the upcoming new Nexus phone by Google, the Nexus 5, but one tiny little detail was missing - is the new Nexus going to come with a micro SIM card or will Google decide to save as much space as possible and use a nano SIM card like Apple does?

The answer seems to be yes. We’ve spotted a confirmation that the Nexus 5 will indeed feature a nano SIM card on Ukrainian carrier Life :) (yes, the market name includes the cute smiley!).

Update: This seems to have been a pure speculation by the Ukrainian carrier. The Nexus 5 features a micro SIM card and Android 4.4 does not mandate any requirements about SIM card sizes.

Right in the disclaimer page on its website, Life :) says that it will gladly equip you with a nano SIM card for your “iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, Nexus 5 or Android 4.4 smartphone”.

Now, that disclaimer would not have been there if the folks from Life :) did not know about the Nexus 5 sporting a nano SIM indeed. The Nexus 5 is not even on sale yet! So we take this as a confirmation of the support for nano SIM cards in it.

What’s even more interesting, though, is the fact that the carrier also mentions Android 4.4 KitKat in that list. Does this mean that the next Android version will mandate the nano SIM card standard for all phones? This seems unlikely, but that’s the only logical assumption after you read the disclaimer on the carrier’s website.

Looking back at Android devices, you’d notice that Google definitely has an affinity for nano SIM. Its Motorola handset unit has pushed nano SIM in the latest Motorola Droid series and the Moto X. This makes it all the more likely for the Nexus 5 to come with a nano SIM card.

source: Life :)

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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)



1. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Google showing Samsung who the real dictator of the Android OS is...

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Google has always been top dog at the Android camp.

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Both are chasing Apple customers... The next locked down Note 3's will have to have nano sim cards too.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You mean Note 4 will have nanoSIM cause Note 3 is microSIM. I don't think its a priority for phablet.

3. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Looks like it's time to get a micro SIM card adapter so i can use my new nano SIM on the Nexus 5 as well as in my other phones, like the HTC One.

24. ˇಠ_ಠˇ

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

My nano SIM is vastly superior, as it uses the Hydropizalectric charging system, thus having a far higher carrying capacity in this era.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

What is Hydropizalectric charging system? Google search also has no information on it.

7. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

All I care to see is the SOFTWARE.

25. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Same here. My Nexus 4 is still plenty good and fast.

8. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Probably it just means that Android 4.4 will support nano SIM, the rest is just Victor's missinterpretation. I bet you that 4.4 supports SIM, micro SIM and nano SIM

10. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Agreed Android 4.4 will have to support micro SIM or else the majority of all android phones would not be able to upgrade to 4.4. Google would never do that. They want more manufacturers to upgrade as soon as possible.

49. nicknowsky

Posts: 13; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

It 100% will support any sim...this is just BAD information

11. Victor.H

Posts: 1099; Member since: May 27, 2011

I've clearly said it's a "logical assumption", so no real question about that, but I find it interesting they mention it. And Android 4.4 will surely support nano SIM - Android 4.2 already does.

14. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011


18. tryingHARD

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 31, 2012

Is there really a connection between the software and the type of simcard? I think not. I just cut my microsim from my z10 and put it on my wife's ip5. Still working. I think this doesnt have something to do with software support.

41. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Hence, he said google might make it mandatory coz as he mentioned, nano sim support is already there in android. Maybe they want everybody to move forward to newer technologies. Kinda like intel does with ultrabook guidelines.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

What the heck, Victor? Google's goal is to push android to as widest device base as possible..why would they MANDATE nano SIM? Android 4.4 will be built to work fluently even on 256mb RAM single core devices, and vast majority of those have old SIM card standards.

42. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

He obviously meant new phones, that come out of box with 4.4. What i wanna see mandated is a delicious complementary kitkat in every box!

12. ilia1986 unregistered

Android - unlike iOS or WP - NEVER EVER FRACKING EVER requires anything hardware related for it to run aside from actual hardware capable enough to run it. So - no. Android 4.4 or 5.4 or 10.4 will never require anyone to use only a certain type of SIM card.

13. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

And even that's optional based on the poor performance of the vast majority of Android phones!

15. ilia1986 unregistered

Poor performance is the result of manufacturers shoving millions of "features" to Android while failing to optimize them properly. If a bunch of guys can build a custom ROM which eliminates lag and improves battery life - there is no excuse for multi-million dollar corporations.

17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Ever heard of something called budget and cost issues? Ecery phone can't be high end just like every can can't do 200mph. Rom developers only work with software that's already been programed. All they do is the dirty work by optimizing it.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If its their $600+ flagship there are no excuses besides poor development.

20. ilia1986 unregistered

The same dirty work which the manufacturers should have done in the first place.

26. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Off topic - experience on custom roms Galaxy S (vibrant) was terrible with samsung's twiz know why...bad fs implementation...I flashed voodoo kernel and thing improved...then I tried cm, aokp and miui all performed way better than stock twiz rom. we should appreciate that devs hack into (poorly/not so good) software/hardware and made them better.

51. number29

Posts: 185; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Perhaps they should pick a more appropriate OS? Or better yet, come up with their own OS and ecosystem designed specifically for their hardware?

16. suneeboy

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

My nexus 4 never lags

29. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Android doesn't lag since 4.x...its way better...there is however, a scenario that causes lag and exist in all os. First - Have you ever noticed user action slows down when some file system operation is going on in background? In case of android lets say - updating/installing application(s)...or in windows when large file copy operation is going on...compiling an webapp that has like 30k files in it! Second - When storage is filled close to or upto it's capacity. On windows ssd provide best IO performance and on smartphones oem haven't tried ssd but motorola has done something good on this...they have formatted data partition on moto x with's controller works like ssd and provide much better performance that traditional ext4 fs. Anand's review here will help understand -

34. ilia1986 unregistered

I think that launcher redraws should also be defined as lag. And launcher redraws are horrible. The only launcher I know that NEVER redraws is Nova with hardwired homescreens enabled. Otherwise it's a mess unless you install the V6 script and run bulletproof launcher. The latter, however, kills your battery.

38. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It's not Google lagging, it's the skins and gui from OEMs. I just picked up two N4s on the cheap, and they are pretty quick, even after adding a launcher their still lag less.

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