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New color option launches on Google Play

After a flurry of recent online leaks the Nexus 5 is now available in "bright red" through the Google Play devices store.

The new color has launched on the Google Play Store at the same price point as the black and white versions — $349/£299 for 16GB, rising to $399/£339 for 32GB. The new colored Nexuses look set to ship in the next 1-2 days.

On the retailer side, British outlet Carphone Warehouse will have exclusivity over the new color option in the UK, with the device going on sale tomorrow at 6 a.m. Carphone's website has reduced its SIM-free Nexus 5 price to match the Google Play store, too.

LG says the new color will be available from this month in the U.S., Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea," with broader European availability by the end of the month.

Hit up the Play Store link above to buy, then drop by the comments and let us know if you're picking up a new red Nexus!

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119 Comments
  • Sweet. Red looks great
  • Uh.... No! Posted via Android Central App
  • Uh... Yes! Posted via Android Central App
  • Me likie Sent from my Crashed Note 3 that does NOT suck monkey balls!
  • Yellow please. Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
    (ZeroLemon 7000mAh battery)
  • +1
  • Queue the whiner's who think Google screwed them over because they weren't available on launch day. Like this is new, manufacturer's releasing subtle color or small changes to devices to sell more units after the phone has been out a few months or more lol. I love my black nexus 5, but for those who want a splash of color this is nice :-)
  • Yep, you know it's coming. How dare Google improve a product or release a new color!!
  • I can't lie, bought mine launch day and I totally would've bought a red one if given the choice! My red TPU case from Cruzerlite will have to do... :( Red would've been sweet indeed tho... Match my red Leatherman Squirt mini multitool, red Olight i3s pocket flashlight, red V-moda M-80 headphones, red Nexus 7 case... What? I like red, sue me.
  • You got this comment in so early that you my have prevented it entirely! Posted via Android Central App
  • Success :) lol
  • It's definitely bold, but I like my understated black version instead. :)
  • Is too bright, it needs to be more crimson.
    Sincerely,
    One of those guys who complains about everything Posted from my newly Kit Katted Droid Ultra
  • Wow, this happened really fast. I wonder if other color options are on the books... Posted from my Moto X
  • I kinda thought they would do the bright red and the bright yellow based on the available Nexus cases.
  • Bright yellow, I think, would be a really tough sell. Way tougher than red at least. It is pretty cool that they derived this red from the accessories they already put out though Posted from my Moto X
  • I think blue would look pretty sweet.
  • Trying to decide if it's worth selling my black to buy the red. Probably not though.
  • Do you use a case? If you do it definitely isn't worth it. I would imagine red backs will be available in a couple weeks but then you'd have a white or black border and the speaker grill wouldn't match.
  • All you would see in red would be the perimeter of the camera, & camera flash area, phone speaker & the USB/speaker grill area with a case on.
  • Yeah, I'd have to switch to a clear case. I won't be buying it, but if it were a choice from the start I would own it.
  • For me red speaker alone is worth it. Posted via Android Central App
  • I think this is pointless. Just like the custom moto x. 90% of people are going to put a case on the phone anyway. Posted via Android Central App
  • Choice is never pointless :)
  • Yep, more choice is always pointless -_-
  • From what I've observed in my travels, with the exception on the iPhone, not even half the people I see walking down the street or on the subway use a case.
  • This comment is pointless.
  • Not to be rude, but choice is never pointless. Clearly there must be some sort of demand for color choices, and if there isnt any demand at all... why not? Doesnt hurt anyone
  • Haha +1 Giv'em hell!!
  • I don't know why my comments keep getting deleted. Been happening the past day or two. ಠ益ಠ
  • I saw that. For some reason, it's been happening to both you and NoNexus. I'm not sure, why. It could be the spam filter acting up again.
  • I think life is pointless we're all gonna die...but at least I'll have the choice of what color phone i have while I'm here Posted from my newly Kit Katted Droid Ultra
  • Where did you get your 90% figure? 90% of the people running cases seem to be enclosing their thin Iphone in an ugly bank vault. I see an awfully lot of people running caseless these days.
  • 80% of all statistics are made up.
  • LOL!!!
  • I bought clear backed case for my white Nexus 5. there are clear cases for the Motox to show off all your customization so I would say it isn't pointless.
  • That looks quite smart, and is similar to the red N5 bumper case. I wonder if the back and sides are like the black or white Nexus phones. Posted via Android Central App
  • If you look at the store page on Google Play, it shows different angles. It looks like it goes around the sides a bit further than the white, leaving only the faceplate black. Red speaker mesh, black volume and power buttons.
  • Are you guys sure this isn't a hoax? Posted via the TARDIS.
  • Why would it be a hoax? It is officially available from Google.
  • laugh- its a joke!
  • +1 Posted via the TARDIS.
  • Not to my taste but nice. I want a white one with a brite yellow bumper case. Posted via Android Central App
  • Again! Another fake/wrong colored phone, if your going to make the back a different color, then make the front that color also. Both the front and the back of my S4 are white, not just the back. Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • Cool story Bro Posted via Android Central App
  • I like the 2-tone, has more character. I don't think there is a "right" way to color a phone.
  • I like the panda N5 exactly like it is (well...could do w/out a colored earpiece). Business up front...party around back. However, I did not like the panda gnex or N4 and I don't like the GS4 at all in any of its colors. Feels great to have opinions, aye?!
  • Just a phone calm down Posted via Android Central App
  • Ordinarily I agree with the front of the phone needing to be the same color as the back but I think the the red dot (speaker grill?) ties it together nicely. I would buy one. It's the same with the gold ring around the home button of my iPhone. I don't think the phone would look as nice without that accent.
  • I agree. My G2 is white all around. With the case it is now white and red.
  • Looks nice! Had both black and white, kept the white despite the fact I occasionally hate the white earpiece for a bit of a change. Least the red earpiece isn't quite as "shocking." Although it is useful for quickly determining what is up or down on an otherwise beautiful black slate of glass (Nexus' forte).
  • These are screaming for a give away....right?
  • I hope so.
  • Well after I rma'd my second nexus5,black,32 and my third is perfect I shall stick with it.....although the red is nice. Posted via Android Central App
  • I got unlucky like that with a device once. I had to buy 4 Transformer Prime tablets before I got one without a screen problem like dead pixels or dust behind the glass... When you finally get that perfect one you really want to hang on to it, lol.
  • I know how u feel. I had to rma my 1st one. Sucks to get a defective phone right before the holiday..
  • What was wrong with it ? Posted via Android Central App
  • Both had yellow tint to the screen. Posted via Android Central App
  • The nexus 5 is SUPER easy to take apart. If you didn't buy one already have at the red, if you currently own a 5 and want a red 5, blue 5, rainbow 5......just paint it yourself O_o "I'm the GREEN Falcon.....theres no black falcon"
  • I imagine with Google selling Motorola, they want to start offering different colors too with their (now) only device offerings. Honestly I thought a red version will end up finally being a Verizon compatible Nexus 5. Posted via Android Central App
  • I don't think Google is going to make the mistake of trying to work with Verizon again after the galaxy nexus. Maybe when verizon starts using LTE only phones with VoLTE.
    Assuming Verizon unclenches and lets any compatible LTE phone on it's network like every other GSM based network.
  • Truth Posted via Android Central App
  • I know MKBHD is getting it one for sure. Posted via Android Central App
  • And I'll still watch his review on it! He's awesome! Nexus 5...enough said
  • +1
  • +2
  • +3 MKBHD is the man
  • It looks really nice.
  • Would buy for the wife but she will just slap a case on it and then what. Should add a red flip case at the same time.
  • Man imagine if apple made a red iPhone... Making my mouth water thinking about the beauty... posted with a galaxy note 3. h8ers gon' h8. live2win#swagface#switchedOn*_*
  • Is there any indication as to the texture/feel of the back? Is it similar to the black version, with the "soft" texture backing, or the white version with a smoother "gloss" backing? My hope is the former.
  • Good question! Posted via Android Central App
  • This will be the deciding factor for me. I'm eager to see the reviews of this device for that reason alone Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here, i.e. deciding factor.
  • Nice phone but I wish this color wasn't so "in your face". I like red, just not this bright red. A little more subdued color please. Still good that Google is providing an update to their product. I don't think they would have done this if they weren't happy with it's sales
  • By the looks of it the soft touch red wraps all around like the black. Would be lame if it was the same material as white but got to wrap around. Posted via Android Central App
  • The KitKat Posted via Android Central App
  • Is it possible to make a single comments without someone saying something stupid in their response??? Posted using Android Central App on my Samsung Galaxy S4 T-Mobile
  • Comments you mean comment go back to second grade dick Posted via Android Central App
  • Got you back Posted via Android Central App
  • You should think twice before harping on someone's grammar when they are texting a comment.Then you make the same mistake. Posted via Android Central App
  • Bought the white one on 31st . Now I need to cancel or return to order the red one
  • you can't even see the color once it goes in the case!!!!
  • Dude r u really gonna put this work of art in a case?? Nah Posted via Android Central App
  • I did, lol. While I was using my Nexus 5 as my daily driver, I absolutely had to have a wallet case. But, I won't lie, the phone is so damn sexy caseless.
  • had wallet case( poetic) but just got Spigen slim armor,love it,well made. Caseless better but as soon as I did that it would b ko'd Posted via Android Central App
  • Haha, yeah same here. If it can happen, it will lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Holy shit so glad mine isn't here as yet more I can get this baby...it's dope AF wow Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks nice. They should zone more colours too :-) Posted via Android Central App from my Motorola Moto G
  • How many of you were hoping when this color was first leaked praying and hoping it was coming to VZW? I know I was but once again they disappoint me :-) if it wasn't for the ridiculous coverage I have here in Boston I would have switched all ready. I swear I could be in a bunker here and still get 4G :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • I was so tempted to get this last week. Got a bigger than usual paycheck, but I have a galaxy s3, I told myself if I can root and install kit Kat I'd keep my gs3, if not I'd get that. I'd be dammed if I'm not running kit Kat right now on my gs3. I guess I'm saying, if I would have bricked it or had ANY PROBLEMS, I'd have one of these. Oh well, there's always the toilet and a "accident" lol. Posted via Android Central App
  • Anyone looking to buy a used 32 GB N5 for ~$350? I'm really digging the red look. Posted via Android Central App
  • Cool, we now have the Nexus 5: Tony Stark edition. Complete with full J. A. R. V. I. S. support.... Err I mean Google Now. Yeah that's it. ;-) Posted via Android Central App
  • I can only imagine how cool it'd be to have an Iron Man themed phone (red/yellow) with Jarvis as a personal assistant (much like Siri and Google Now, but better).
  • Really diggin' the red, might pick up this for my woman and I.
  • WHY....WHY GOOGLE, WHY no CDMA sim access for Verizon Wireless in US. I dont want Moto, or LG, or Samsung........
  • This is not a Google issue. It's a Verizon issue that ended as a lesson learned by Google, from the Verizon Galaxy Nexus debacle. Posted via Android Central App
  • Why so upset? The Nexus 5 is an LG device, which you just stated you do not want.
  • Looks a little too "beats" to me...
  • *"beast" I think I fixed it for you, lol. Posted from my "Gift from God" Note 3, my "God-Given" iPad Mini 2, or my "Risen" Samsung Chromebook.
  • Nope. ;-)
  • Beats doesn't have a patent on red/black color motifs nor were they the first popular brand to sport those colors... Could be worse tho, could be a red One that actually says Beats on it. :p
  • Must has red back panel.
  • Looks great. But I would love a blue one. C'mon blue! Posted via Android Central App
  • Would definitely jump on a blue version! Posted via Android Central App
  • I'll be interested to know how nicely the two reds blend together both in look and feel.
  • Awesome! I personally like the color. Is this like the black in terms of materials? Posted via Android Central App
  • Is the red soft touch like the black?
  • Not a fan of the red. I'd love a dark or navy blue, however. Can't wait to see what other colors might be coming out
  • Really don't like this color. I think the white one looks the best and the black one is the most comfortable (until I get my hands on the red one). Posted via Android Central App
  • I want to trade in my white for this :D. I did buy it the 26st of December. Posted via Android Central App
  • ^26th
  • son of a nexus!!!! i just got my white 32gb but i want the new red!!!
  • I have a black phone with a gold case that looks sweet! I get a lot of positive comments about the phone and case
  • If only it had a better battery.
  • I am actually curious if it is soft touch like the black or smooth like the white. If it's soft touch, i definitely want one.
  • The valentine's day special!!
    I wish there is a yellow version too!
  • As others have mentioned, I would have purchased the red version had the choice been available at launch. I have the pilot orange supposed to be red nexus case instead.
  • I sold my original black N5 to use the LG G2, and now, im selling my g2 and I bought this red n5 last night. I love the bold color