Google Nexus 5 first official picture

Google has revealed the first official picture of the Google Nexus 5 ahead of the launch of Android KitKat.

It's official: the Google Nexus 5 is the next Android flagship smart phone, and it costs $349. That's no rumour -- the image above is the first official picture straight from the horse's mouth, as the Big G accidentally reveals the Nexus 5 early.

The new phone appeared on Google Play today, only to be quickly yanked from view. Here's the link, if you're interested. The listing carried the tagline "Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways", suggesting the Nexus 5 and its Android 4.4 KitKat software have some cool camera tricks up their sleeve.

$349 works out at £215, but it remains to be seen if that is indeed the UK price. 

The other thing the listing doesn't confirm is the Nexus 5 release date. Whether this early unveiling was a genuine accident or a tantalising leak to drum up excitement, it's clear the new phone must be just days away. A host of crazy rumours have thrown up various dates , but it looks like an announcement next week is definitely on the cards.

Next week is a big one for the gadget world. On Tuesday morning Nokia unveils a range of new Lumia devices in Abu Dhabi, then the same evening in San Francisco Apple announces what will probably be a new iPad. CNET is live at both events, so stay tuned for the first pictures, videos and hands-on first impressions.

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