Like an over-exuberant party goer leaping out behind the sofa far too early, screaming “SURPRISE!” in a premature shower of confetti, Google has accidentally revealed its upcoming Nexus 5 in the most officially unofficial way possible: on the actual Google Play store.
In actuality, the entire lead-up to the launch of Google’s flagship has established it as one of the worst kept surprise in the industry. We've snatched countless glimpses of the new Nexus smartphone, thumbed through the official service manual, and now in this latest slip-up we seem to have a price for it: $349, so something around the £215 mark.
The link for a Nexus 5 16GB and a Nexus 5 32GB was pushed live last night on the main Google Play devices page. Within minutes of the listing, which revealed the phone’s price without a contract, plus its design and storage capabilities, Google hurriedly pulled the post completely, replacing it with the Nexus 4.
The store description hinted that the device may feature an improved camera, inviting customers to “capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.” Such an invitation likely alludes to the Optical Image Stablisation camera which was revealed in the leaked service manual. The Nexus 5 will likely include an 8-megapixel OIS camera, meaning better looking low light photos and more stable footage in videos captured on the move.
Clicking on the listing for more information brought up a perpetual loading arrow, underlined with the words “An unexpected error has occurred. Please try again later.”
Over the last few weeks, multiple sources and leaks have painted a rough picture of what we can expect from Google’s worst-kept-secret, including Android 4.4 KitKat OS, a Snapdragon 800 processor, a large 1080p 4.95in display and 2GB of RAM.
Whether Google was teasing or whether an over-enthusiastic work experience student is currently being berated for hitting “publish” too soon, we don’t know, but what is clear is that whilst the Nexus 5 release date has not yet been announced, listing it on the store (however unofficially) is a good sign that we won’t have long to wait.