The next generation of Nexus smartphone may have just been spotted loitering the virtual halls of the FCC.
A product marked LG D820 spied in FCC documents suggests that Googleas the handset maker of choice for the successor, also made by LG.
Details found in the federal database show a 4.96-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Digging deeper, the D820 is found to be running a version of software called "aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154 [sic]."
Spelling error aside, the fact that it shows Key Lime Pie indicates that the device should be running the latest Android build. Now officially known as , we can expect this to be the first smartphone to launch with the , a practice entirely keeping with Google's Nexus releases.
One additional noteworthy detail is that the D820 appears to feature seven-band LTE support and may work with AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Toss in CDMA/EV-DO Rev. A, penta-band DC-HSPA+, and quad-band GSM/EDGE, and the case for this mystery device as the next Nexus becomes stronger.
The puzzle pieces are falling into place rather quickly for the Nexus 5. Google recently dropped the price of the LG Nexus 4 by $100, which led to sellouts of the 8GB model. We're also getting into that time of year when Google has historically released its Nexus handsets. It's also probably not coincidence that the photos found in the FCC docs line up perfectly with the phone spied in the video unveiling of the KitKat statue.