Google Nexus 5 is an excellent smartphone and a better value

Finally, we have an Android handset that deserves the Nexus name. The Nexus 5 is fast, gorgeous, and stocked with features (including LTE) and it is the device for showing the true power of the Google universe and the Android operating system. And, at $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) at the Play Store -- about $250 less than other top-tier flagship smartphones -- it's a great deal whether you're on a budget or not (and whether you're an Android fan or not).

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10 must-see videos of the week

The iPad Air might be thinner, lighter and faster, but that doesn't mean you need to buy one. If you're still on the fence, this week's Top 5 is a must-see as Donald Bell offers up five reasons why he thinks you should save your money.

Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 5 earlier this week. CNET's Lynn La takes you through a video tour of the new phone, which serves up Android KitKat, LTE, a 1080p screen and a great, low price to boot.

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The 404 1,376: Where we unlock the Nexus 5 (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Finally, the Google Nexus 5 is here...unless you're on Verizon.

- Android 4.4 KitKat brings a little OS equality.

- Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you.

- Those comics in your basement are probably worthless.

- Norway's "slow TV" programming trend includes a 12-hour broadcast of just knitting.… Read more

Want to unwrap Android KitKat? Not so fast

CNET Update rocks a new look:

In this episode of Update:

- Find out when some devices will be getting the new Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

- Say goodbye to Panasonic's plasmas TVs, and bid farewell to iGoogle and its widgets.

- Score a free e-book every month if you're a Amazon Prime subscriber with Kindle First.

- See if Hello Kitty stickers can seduce you into using the messaging app Line.


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Download Nexus 5 wallpapers for your device

On Thursday, Google finally announced the Nexus 5 and revealed more details about features we will find in Android 4.4 KitKat.

With the release of a new operating system and a new device there's bound to be new wallpapers and background images. Luckily, Google posts the system images for Nexus devices and some very kind members of the XDA forum have pulled the Nexus 5 wallpapers and have made them available for download.

Droid Life has packaged up all eight of the wallpapers into a ZIP file (link is at the bottom of the Droid Life post) and … Read more

Google to Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners: No KitKat for you

Owners of Samsung's Galaxy Nexus won't be able to bite into Android 4.4 KitKat.

In a new FAQ, Google broke the news that the latest flavor of Android won't be available as a system update for the 2-year-old Nexus. The company said that the phone falls outside the 18-month time frame in which devices traditionally receive such updates.

However, that may not be the full story.

Sources "close to the company" told Engadget that the problem stems from the Texas Instruments chipset built into the Nexus. TI has since exited the mobile device chipmaking business, … Read more

Friday Poll: Which Nexus 5 feature excites you most?

Google's Nexus 5 smartphone has gone from rumors to reality, bringing with it a bigger screen, upgraded processor, and LTE support. It also comes with new OS innards, sporting the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

Whereas Apple's iPhone 5S missed the boat on offering an unlocked phone at a reasonable price (it starts at $649), the Nexus 5 has landed at a much more attractive price. The unlocked 16GB version goes for $349 while the 32GB is $399. That's in keeping with the $349 price for the 16GB Nexus 4 at launch.

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Google's new Nexus 5 ad is -- oh, I'm weeping

If there are some typos in this post, please forgive me.

I'm writing it through a veil of sodden, gushing tears.

You see, I've just caught a glimpse of Google's new ad for the Nexus 5 and, well, it's just so ridiculously happy that I can't help myself.

The whole ad is full of wonderful moments from weddings. I love weddings. They are joyous events that promise so much and deliver for at least 24 hours afterward.

I know that a few readers have been lucky enough to enjoy several of these events in which … Read more

Sweet features of Android KitKat, Nexus 5

CNET Update breaks off a piece:

Google revealed the features of Android 4.4 KitKat. And since the operating system is named after candy, it's quite fitting to unwrap the news on Halloween. This episode of Update explains the perks of Android KitKat, such as the fact that it's compatible with older and cheaper phones.

Today's roundup also covers the Nexus 5, the first smartphone to work with KitKat. It's selling for $349 unlocked on the Google Play store.


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Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5S vs. Nexus 4

At a press conference Thursday, Google introduced its latest flagship smartphone, the Nexus 5. It's running Android 4.4 KitKat, the newest version of the OS, which was released alongside the new device.

With its pure vanilla operating system, untouched by carriers or LG (the phone's manufacturer), it's sure to please devoted Android fans. The phone is also packing a few impressive specs that help it compete against today's top smartphones, including a high-resolution screen and powerful processor.

We compare the Nexus 5 with the Samsung Galaxy S4, the iPhone 5S, and the phone's predecessor, … Read more