The Nexus 5 is official, Play Store now taking orders

Today brings an end to all the rumors, leaks and speculation — the LG-made Google Nexus 5 is finally official and the Google Play Store is now taking orders.

Here's the long and short of it: This year's Nexus handset is a 5-incher with a 1080p display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU and 2GB of RAM. Storage comes in 16 and 32GB configurations. The Nexus 5 is the first Nexus device to ship with an OIS (optical image stabilization) camera — an 8MP unit — which should compensate for hand motion in photos. It's also packing a 2300mAh battery and wireless charging capabilities.

Two Nexus 5 models will be offered, a North American version with CDMA support, 7-band WCDMA and 9-band LTE, and an international version with 6-band WCDMA and 6-band LTE. For a full list of radio bands and other technical info, check out our full Nexus 5 specs post.

Prices in the UK start at £295; in the U.S. it's $349 for 16GB and $399 for 32GB. It's available to order now on Google Play Store in several countries with 1-2 day shipping times; brick-and-mortar stores in the UK should have it tomorrow (Nov. 1).  The first thousand UK buyers who pick up a Nexus 5 from Carphone Warehouse on-contract can claim a free 16GB Nexus 7 (2012). Carphone's on-contract prices start at £32 per month on 3G and £37 on 4G, both from O2.

Naturally, the Nexus 5 runs the all-new Android 4.4 KitKat, which we're still in the process of learning about amid today's announcements. Stay tuned for additional info just as soon as we get it.

Keep it locked to Android Central for more on today's Nexus and Android 4.4 KitKat news as it breaks.

Press Release


New flagship Google handset £295 SIM free

LONDON, 31st October 2013: Carphone Warehouse has announced that it will be stocking Google’s new flagship handset, the Nexus 5, from tomorrow (Friday 1st Nov).

Free from £32 per month*, or £295 SIM free, the first device to run on Android 4.4 ‘Kit-Kat’ will be available in stores, online at or by calling 0870 870 0870.

The first 1,000 customers to order the Nexus 5 on a 4G contract** via the Carphone Warehouse website will also receive a free Google Nexus 7 Wi-Fi 16GB tablet (worth £139).

David Phelan, Mobile Technology Advisor at Carphone Warehouse says, “Google's own-brand phones are always a talking point. The Nexus 5 has been hotly anticipated and delivers style and power in a slick, slim shell with a screen that stretches from one edge of the front to the other. Google fans like Nexus because it shows Android at its purest and most advanced: the latest Kit-Kat software will be on this phone first. This phone is for early adopters, Google fans and ‘power users’ who want a high-end phone at a keen price.

“Now Android is such a powerful force in mobile, we can expect the Nexus 5 with its cutting-edge specs to beat even the success of the Nexus 4.”

* O2 3G contract £32 per month, includes unlimited calls and texts and 1GB of data

**O2 4G contract £37 per month, includes unlimited calls and texts and 2GB of data

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • FIRST!!!
  • I dont see a 32gb model or any white phones in Google play. what is going on?
  • Just change the "black" in the url to white and itll bring up the white version
  • OMFG...where were you 15mins ago?!! Calling el Goog now!
  • Thanks!!!
  • Just bought mine 32gb white play store yipeeee....
  • Me too! Yay!
  • I ordered one of each! I cant wait!
  • I ordered 2 of each! Halloween!
  • Wow went to go and buy a 16 gig model since I just saw this posting it's been an hour and the black and white is already sold out wow that was fast. Clearly they didn't have enough stick just like last time haha but either way glad it's selling out and that there's interest but still I want the phone so I can switch between it and an iPhone haha.
  • Its not sold out...
  • WTF. SO I have unlimited grandfathered LTE on Verizon and would not be able to use this phone. I went ahead and bought a big a### battery for my galaxy nexus, since that is the only issue that I have with this phone. No need to upgrade every year anyways(I bought it cash about 8 months ago).
  • about time!
  • Finally? lol.
  • grumble grumble
  • Does this mean sprint is supported? Posted by the man who makes things happen...
  • Looks like. The main question is, will Sprint allow a phone not purchased through them to be added to their network.
  • just ordered mine for Sprint!!!
  • The Google Play Store confirmed Sprint support. Still nothing about Verizon yet :-(
  • All US carriers EXCEPT VZ supported.. sorry dude...
  • Is there a separate version for ATT? I ordered one and then noticed it only said t-mobile and Sprint under supported networks.
  • It'll work on ATT. If you're still curious look up the wireless bands that ATT uses and compare them to the Nexus 5. nb
  • There is no VZW version. Posted via Android Central App
  • That's why I left sorry @$$ Verizon for AT&T!
  • It may get it later, but for now I suspect that Verizon is still in Google's Penalty Box for their shenanigans with prior Nexus releases.
  • :(
  • More like Verizon gives a rats @$$ about the N5 if they can't pre-load their crap software on it, lock the bootloader, and control updates.
  • Yep which is why once my N5 arrives I will be a former Verizon customer. People love to moan about Verizon's policy but refuse to jump ship. I'm out Big Red!
  • THIS. Verizon sucks and the only way to make your voice heard is LEAVE them.
    I worked at Verizon and kept my AT&T plan while working there instead of using their half price plans.
  • I bought it baby! Posted by the man who makes things happen...
  • Hmmm, I wonder how they will address the CDMA? Will it work like the iPhone in that you could buy it through Google and still activate it on Sprint or will the Sprint variant again be $200 on contract and $550-$600 full price?
  • ePicness
  • Does that mean Verizon?!?!
  • I sure hope so!
  • It does not
  • Booooo Posted via Android Central App
  • certainly sounds like it will run on Verizon, just have to wait and see if it needs to be certified first.
  • Nothing in the specs say VZW. Posted via Android Central App
  • If I have an update do u still pay full price if I go with playstore Posted via Android Central App
  • Most likely if you want to use your update, you will have to hope that your carrier offers it through their store rather than the Google Play Store.
  • Yes, the Play Store does not work directly with any carriers. It only provides devices that support specific networks. You will have to pay full price for this device, or (if the carrier even does decide to sell it through their own channels) you will have to pay their jacked up price for the phone with you subsidy. If your contract is about to be up, I suggest just buying this phone and switching to T-mobile (if it's available in your area) so that you aren't paying that subsidy every month.
  • I
  • All I want to know is what new features are in "KitKat" ???
  • Yeah me too! When will my N4 get some kitkat love? Sent from my White Nexus 4.
  • From past experiences your n4 will probably get kitkat in a couple days if not tomorrow Posted via Android Central App
  • Can't wait until I can order one so I can be productive again!
  • Does this it will be available just in the Play Store or also retail? Kinda like they did the Nexus 7
  • Think you mean you can get it now just ordered mine.
  • i bought mine!
    Its available to purchase in US now!
  • Order complete!
  • Yeah,just placed my order as well.
  • Just ordered the 32GB in black. :D
  • Just ordered mine...I hope it works on Verizon.
  • I would assume it won't work on verizon. If it technically does I would think they'd prevent it from activating.
  • I'm on hold with Google. I hope it works on Verizon so I don't have to cancel my order....Feeling totally bummed....
  • It doesn't support VZW LTE band.
  • Yes it does...well, it supports Band 4, which Verizon just launched earlier this month. So probably limited coverage.
  • Just get the LG G2 on Verizon. Its very close in specs to the Nexus and even beats it in some other categories. I love it. P.S. And don't listen to those grumblers who say that LG's skin is crap. The UI is quite useful. I'm betting that most of those grumblers never even used the G2.
  • Yeah, I want it on Sprint but Sprint has never let you bring your own phone except the iPhone. I would need confirmation before buying outside the carrier or authorized retailer on CDMA.
  • Sprint has it for $149 on contract after a $50 rebate and it's on the Spark network.
  • And it's only the 16gb version. Not interested.
  • It does NOT work on Verizon. The CDMA band that Verizon uses was not put in this device. The LTE would work but you couldn't place calls nor would Verizon acknowledge the device on their network. Sorry. Get an LG G2 and root - it's a better choice.
  • It will not...
  • Verizon. Sigh.
  • So we're to believe you didn't have this info before and weren't under an NDA? Rigggghhhhttt
  • Just ordered mine
  • First. Lol well almost!!!! Posted via Android Central App
  • So there's no Google "event" or live YouTube meeting showcasing kitkat features? Wtf Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4 with StraightTalk
  • Just bought ours!!!! Two phones coming our way and just ordered some cases on amazon. SO PUMPED!
  • I just ordered my 32GB Black!!! WOOHOOO!!!
  • Just ordered a 32GB White!! WOOHOO!! Posted via Android Central App
  • No Verizon!! The Verge says: "It will work across a wide array of carriers — in the US, it will work on everything except Verizon."
  • Umm... that's what everyone has been saying all along. This cannot be a surprise at all.
  • For those who haven't been paying attention the last number of years: The Nexus is still the "development" prototype model android phone, even if the last couple versions have sold well to the general consumer also. In being a development model, it needs to get updates without delay or interference from the carrier. And Verizon has iron-fist/totalitarian policies about updates, and slug-like speed. So no, no nexus on verizon. At least you've got coverage in many places that you'll never visit (and outrageous prices everywhere, because there is little competition in those sparsely populated areas).
  • Actually, Verizon gives me coverage in MANY places I visit, where my husband's Sprint phone gets zero bars. BUT my contract is up, so who knows. I wish some carrier in Portland would step up and have as good a coverage here as Verizon.
  • I have always had outstanding coverage with sprint in Portland. On my Blackberry, EVO OG and EVO LTE.
  • Ordered my 16 GB model! With the 32 not having a bigger battery, I'll put that extra $50 towards a bumper!
  • Now give me kitkat details Posted via Android Central App
  • What, no SD card? Fail! Major Flappin Fail! [Sarcasm folks.] The N7 is the first and only device I will ever buy without an SD card slot. Nice tab but too limited for me... Plus I HATE vanilla Android. Plus LG makes it! Hell to the No! Just ordered 3 128 GB models in Navy Blue.
  • All of the Nexus devices are without a SD Card.
  • Ummm, he was being sarcastic. Posted via Android Central App
  • So even blatantly stating "Sarcasm folks" doesn't convey the message? Dude, seriously... Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.
  • So let me get the straight, it will work on EVERY MAJOR US CARRIER....EXCEPT Verizon?
  • Yup. Sounds like a take that for Big Red Posted via Android Central App
  • Well... Verizon sucks. What do you expect.
  • Their coverage in my area is better than anyone else, and I still have 4 lines with unlimited data....its really hard to give that up.
  • Purchased!!!! Thank the Lord , hallelujah!
  • ordered a 16gb Black, 16gb is all I need as I only store Pictures, dont have any games on my phone
  • Well, here's hoping that LG didn't screw up inventory because I have to order mine next Friday. Posted via Android Central App
  • Finally got mine :-)
  • Hehe, no longer for sale.
  • UK PLAY STORE UP AND RUNNING Just purchased a 32gb white loads of love N5
  • Where? All I see is the black 16GB version for £299. EDIT: They've now got both black, and white, plus the 16GB and 32GB models. :)
  • By the way, Nexus 4 is now listed as "Coming soon". Maybe they'll sell both.
  • Woohooo!! Wait, this better not be a trick... since it's Halloween. Lol
  • Definitely a treat
  • 1 GB White and 2 32 GB Black shipping to my buddy in DE for NO TAX!! MuHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! NERDING OUT BIG TIME (and hopefully not f*cking up trades at work)!!!!!!!
  • Just ordered 32GB in white. Not to wait for the confirmation email! Posted via Android Central App
  • Just ordered my 32gb black nexus 5 Posted via Android Central App
  • Soooooooooooooooo Happy!
  • It's available Oct 31, not Nov 1 lol....thousands have already been sold on the Play store.
  • Thousands?!? Billions have been sold... Wait. Is this the McDonalds forum? Carry on.
  • Hilarity! Posted via Android Central App
  • When is it available internationally? Garafoona. Posted via Android Central App ÷)
  • It's available right now, October 31st, 2 PM ET. Already ordered it.
  • Replace the "black" in the URL with "white" to order the white one.
  • How come they did not do an event on this one, to go over the new features od 4.4?
  • Expect an event within the next few hours... Also a release of Android 4.4 will roll out in the next 24 hours. My N7 2013 thanks you.
  • Purchased - smooth as silk transaction
  • Just ordered mine! 32GB White...Cant Wait! Ships Nov 5 :(
  • wow I would never have expected it to look like that Posted via Android Central App
  • Verizon's LTE Bands are supported. Their bands are 13 & 4. Band 4 is supported, so its possible for the phone to come out for Verizon.
  • No. Just no.
  • VERY few markets have Band 4 LTE support on VZW at this time.
  • Sorry, it doesn't work that way. There is no Verizon CDMA support, so you couldn't use the vice part. Plus, you couldn't even activate it. That and band 4 is so limited right now, you most likely wouldn't even have LTE coverage.
  • And it's possible Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly will star in Lethal Weapon 9... It could happen.
  • I have a HTC One, but I ordered a white 32gb model. May be able to make a few bucks from it. Unless I love it too much to sell it lol Posted via Android Central App
  • I was anticipating todays release and just sold my htc one today for 340
  • RAAAAGGGEE. Why did this drop during my commute!? Posted via AC App on GNex
  • Mine too, but there doesn't appear to be a shortage this time around.
  • When do Nexus 4 users get 4.4, do we think? Posted via Android Central App
  • Anybody know about how long it will be before Google starts pushing kit Kat to other nexus devices? Nexus 7, nexus 4..... Posted via Android Central App
  • A Nexus *5*?! Didn't see that coming
  • Think I'll hang on to my G2 for now but this looks good.
  • I'm debating the same thing going to wait for battery reviews and camera opinions before I sell the G2 and get this, The G2 battery is amazing and the camera is probably the best on android but will wait and see. I can only imagine how much better the battery will be on the G2 with 4.4. Posted via Android Central App
  • fuck verizon. they're such bullshit.
  • 10 bucks for shipping!!?? Ouch! Just ordered mine
  • Just ordered mine, leaves warehouse on 11/8/13..DANG!
  • I just want 4.4 on my N4. Any idea when we'll get it?
  • Received email from Play Store for black N5 16GB.
  • I HATE VERIZON SOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!