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The Nexus 5's 2014 successor could retail for around $100, making it significantly cheaper than previous models and more affordable for emerging markets.
Chinese site MTKSJ.com states that Google might be working with chip maker MediaTek on a budget Nexus device that could be priced around that amount. This handset will be a direct competitor for the Moto G smartphone.
A $100 Nexus smartphone would strengthen Google's line-up considerably. Devices priced around this amount have been successful for companies such as Motorola as the Moto G has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in its long history. Google could be taking a cue from this.
Google launched the Nexus 5 at the end of last year. Specifications on the device include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor running at up to 2.3GHz, a 4.96-inch LCD 1080p display, 2GB RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 16 or 32GB internal memory, a 2300 mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization. It is also one of the first devices to run Google's latest Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The device is currently for sale in the Google Play Store for $349.
The Nexus 5 Android 4.4.3, KitKat update is now rolling out to Sprint users. The build number for the new software is KTU48F and it enables the smartphone to work on Sprint's LTE network using bands 26 and 41. Various bugs have also been dealt with including Random reboots, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity issues, data connection loss, missed calls, notifications and Camera Bugs.
The camera problem stemmed from applications running in the background that are continually trying to access the handset's camera application. Skype tries to access the camera regularly from its background service, which is the number one trigger for this bug. Nexus 5 owners seemed to notice this once they updated their handsets to Android 4.4.2. Google recently stated that it is preparing a fix as the issue has been made known on the company's issue tracking forum. It will probably come in the form of Android 4.4.3.