The Nexus 5 has been shrouded in secrecy, but technology experts believe Google will break its silence about the new Android handset on Tuesday.
So far only trickles of information have been released about the newest Android handset, including a YouTube video with no audio that shows seven minutes of the device going through its paces. The uploader notes that the phone shown in the video may be running on an earlier version of the Android KitKat than Nexus 5 is expected to run.
Rumors say the Nexus 5 could be out as early as Tuesday, though Google has not released any specifics.
“The only other specific date that’s been going around is October 31,” says AndroidandMe’s Dustin Earley, “but we’ve yet to hear anything solid on that date.”
CNET writer Eric Mack says when the newest Android is finally released, it will have features that rival the Apple products — touchless control capabilities.
“Voice control assistants like Google Now and Apple’s Siri didn’t revolutionize our relationships with our devices and the wider digital world overnight, but Google continues to play the long game on the concept. With touchless control, Motorola and Google upped the ante in the quest for that holy grail of Silicon Valley buzzwords that means nothing to most normal humans — frictionless user interaction.”
Mack also noted the conjecture that the Nexus 5 would be out on October 15, but said an end-of-month release would make sense as well.
“So now all we can do is wait,” he wrote. “Before the October 15 date popped up, I was hearing that Nexus 5 availability was more likely to happen closer to the end of the month, which could make sense for a Halloween trick-or-treat tie-in given the introduction of Android KitKat.”
As users wait for the official release of the Nexus 5, there is always the YouTube video to tide them over.