Nexus 5 Release Date Arrives? Device Appears in Google Play

The Nexus 5 release date is not supposed to be until sometime later this month.

Despite the expected launch date, the device made an early appearance in the Google Play store this week. The company most likely published the page accidentally. The post also revealed the price of the smartphone which will retail for $349 for 16GB.

The wallpaper seen on the Nexus 5 also coincides with the one that has been seen in other recent leaks, according to Android Authority.

Nexus 5 phone press images also surfaced yesterday revealing that the device will launch through Telus.

The pictures were published by MobileSyrup and show a device that looks a lot like what has been seen in previous leaks. However, this does not mean that they are official.

Other aspects of the pictures reveal that the handset is running Android 4.4, KitKat. Features seen in previous leaks of the software also make an appearance here including the transparent navigation and status bars, white notifications icons, a new icon for drawer app, and larger app icons on the home screen.

The Nexus 5 launch must be imminent as leaks seem to be surfacing more frequently.

Two sites put up pictures of devices running Android 4.4, KitKat that were posted up by Android Authority earlier this week.

The first of these was a Nexus 5 and the other featured a Nexus 7 running the software.

Various features that have already been leaked can be seen in the new pictures including the changed Downloads app. A possible Easter egg could be seen in the software as well.

Tapping multiple times on the Android version reveals the Easter egg which is the word Android featured in a KitKat-styled logo. However, the bottom of the screenshot reads "Key Lime Pie." This is the name that was used internally by Google.

Other screens such as Cloud Print, Downloads, a redesigned clock app, and the new Tap & pay option can also be seen in the pictures.