On Nexus 5 rumors and renders

Nexus 5 render by +Jason Lavigne. Nailed it.

You're here because you watch the Internet, and are interested in all manner of Android news. That means verified news from Google, or the folks who make the products, or even the people who sell them. It also means interesting tips and rumors from insiders and people who were lucky enough to see or hear something a bit earlier than the rest of us get to see or hear it. That's pretty cool, and we love to talk about some of that as much as anyone else does. 

Last night, a device that surely sounds like it could be the next Nexus phone showed up at the FCC. When coupled with a pulled video about the KitKat statue on Google's lawn that showed a phone we've not seen before (we all know them by sight, because we're big fans — just like you are), and the Internet rumor machine was in full swing.

But it's time to sit back, and talk about what we really know about what's next from Google.

What we know about the Nexus 5

We can guess. We can hope. We can wish. But the fact is, nobody who can and will say anything about the Nexus 5 next Nexus knows anything about it. All the renders and specs flying around are just people's best guess. Some of the guesses are probably very close to the mark — at least on some things — because the people guessing have a pretty good handle on what we've seen in the past and what we may see in the future. But some are just wild speculation, based on wishes and dreams. I get it. I have wishes and dreams, too, and like to talk about them with like-minded people. We all do, especially when it's about something we have a little passion for — which in my case, a new Nexus phone would fit that perfectly.

We also aren't going to judge anyone who wants to take these rumors and imaginative renders seriously. We may poke a little fun now and then (like the image at the top of the post here) but we understand why they do it and that they mean well. It's just not how we do things, and that's good. Imagine an Internet where every blog and news site was the same, droning out the same content in the same way every time some news shows up. I don't want that, and you don't want that. We're happy with the way things are. We have a lot of respect for other Android sites and what they do, and love what they bring to the table. It makes for a better experience for all Android fans — including us.

So for everyone sending us in tips about rumors and renders of a phone that doesn't yet exist, keep doing it. We want to see them. We want to talk about them in the forums, or on Google+ or Twitter. But don't be offended because you don't see it on the blog, because that's not our style. When we have news we think we need to pass along in an official way — whether it be from a bona fide on-the-record source or a rumor — we make sure to post it. For the rest, we're regular Android-junkies just like you are and love to talk and read about it. 

When we get something solid about the Nexus 5 or KitKat, I promise you guys will be the first ones we tell. Scout's honor.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.