Update: Official press images of the Nexus 5 fresh from Google's own servers have since appeared, confirming that the UI displayed below is legit.

At this point, we've all seen leaked photos of the upcoming Nexus 5 and had a glimpse at what Android 4.4 "KitKat" may look like. Then we watched a video that put the two together. Now we find ourselves looking at more leaked images that do the same. These images provided by Mobile Syrup give Canadians a small taste of what to expect when they get their hands on the TELUS version of the Nexus 5.


If these images are to be trusted, they reveal a new camera icon and a new folder background, a transparent circle. Again, Hangouts has replaced Messenger as the default app for sending text messages, and though this much isn't apparent from the image, we know KitKat will require that users select just one default SMS app.

There's nothing else to see here. Now, we wait.

Source: Mobile Syrup

Thanks, Murray Rush and Piyush.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    it looks perfect, kind of want to enable software keys and disable hardware keys on my HTC One now.

    • Jondan Rothfus

      I've already done such on my (now somewhat ancient) Droid RAZR Maxx (non-HD). Once I set it up and turned on the back-light for the capacitive buttons, I haven't looked back. I've loved having an experience that much closer to what Google envisions for us.

  • itlnstln

    If that's supposed to be a speaker at the top; it's pretty interesting that's it's covered in glass (at least in this render, anyway).

    • Nathan

      I think it looks nice like this.

      Better than on the prototype, already tempted to buy. Android 4.4 looks really slick as well.

    • Justin Foster

      Seems more likely to be the front camera and proximity sensor

    • warez

      I think is just the render, how can the sound come out if is covered with glass. Bone conduction?

      • Nathan

        I don't that's possible. Maybe little holes in the glass or something like that. I just hope it won't be uncovered.

        • Bone Conduction

          Yes, it is very much possible and used on Google Glass. I would say it's even likely and I'm surprised there's not much to read about it.

          • Nathan

            But bone conduction works trough vibrations being send to the bone in your head, how can glass send those vibrations to the bone if you are holding your ear against it? And even if it would work that way, you would have to keep pressing your ear against the glass or you won't hear anything.

          • pfmiller

            Yeah, wouldn't work on a phone. People don't press phones against there head like what would be required. Even if they did hair would get in the way.

    • mrdavidpayne

      Ear speaker is a small circle in the middle of the top. It has garnered some questions/attention for sure.

  • Kenny O

    Doesn't seem like a Google press shot to use an actual photo vs some kind of design wallpaper. Could that be a "Telus specific" homescreen?

    • Victor Stuber

      Yes this is for sure a Telus wallpaper. Most carriers put their own wallpaper in their press shots.

    • barefootbandit8

      I found this wallpaper if you want it. I thought it was pretty cool. http://i.imgur.com/XboQSbl.jpg

      • Shawn Cheever

        Thanks for sharing. I wonder if this will be the "official" stock wallpaper. Kinda getting tired of the colored shapes and patterns myself.

    • evolutionx1

      The wallpaper is from Romain Guy's Flickr account.

      • evolutionx1
      • heat361

        Romain Guys new job at Google is to take photos for new android version wallpapers :p

        • Zargh

          Joke or not, IIRC he actually was responsible for the natureish wallpaper up until ICS.

  • Darrien Glasser

    Why did they make AOSP Camera look like Samsung's camera? I'm all for Twiz functionality, but God, keep the design away from my pretty AOSP.

    • Stylus_XL

      Dude, it's just one icon.

      • Darrien Glasser

        That's what they said about the Bubonic Plague, and then lo and behold, 30-60% of Europe is dead. One must always be on their toes!

        • Stylus_XL


    • The Seventh Son

      It's so easy to change an icon.. you can make it look like anything you want - even a unicorn if that's what you'd like.

      • Darrien Glasser

        If I'm using my HTC One, and I want to use Sense Launcher with BlinkFeed, unless I've got root, or I want to manually change the app icon by decompiling the app, there's no way to change it. Sadly my Twitter bird will always be a bird with HTC Sense. No Twitter unicorns. Chances are that it isn't going to be very different for this "Google Experience" launcher.

        • The Seventh Son

          Ah. I (incorrectly) assumed that everyone reading AP is likely an enthusiast who has root :) Without root, yes I can understand that it may not straightforward. Can you install a custom launcher? I use Nova Prime on top of Sense on my HTC One.

          • Darrien Glasser

            I actually do have root (got Sense 5.5 going at the moment) but it's still a pain to change icons with root regardless.

            Also, I could run a custom launcher, but then I lose BlinkFeed. Also, might I add, I'm quite a fan of what HTC has done with their launcher. I have a feeling I'd be the same way with this GE launcher.

          • Jamorie J

            Actually you can use Unicon if you have root. Try it. It's amazing. It changes the system Icons and you don't have to change your launcher so you wont lose blinkfeed

        • Qbancelli
          • Darrien Glasser

            There's no unity with that, the app drawer app stays the way it is, only the shortcut changes (at least that's how it was when I last used it). I just checked out Unicon though, and I've got to admit, that's pretty cool.

          • Qbancelli

            I thought you wanted to change the icons.
            That app does just that, without rooting.

          • Darrien Glasser

            Well I do, but there's no sense of unity. With the app drawer having a different icon, my OCPD just starts going crazy.

  • RitishOemraw

    Is that no more black gradient I am seeing (or rather a black gradient I am not seeing)!??!?!??!

    Please Let it be so! No more pristine white wallpapers ruined by prime evil black gradients of the Infernal Hells!

    • nebula

      I noticed it too, and the very left orb of the page indicator bar was in tuttos leak a little search symbol. So it seems to be a fake for me.

    • Imparus

      What you no liKE GRAdient? even when it looks so awesome, when it has a lot of banding? Implusible /s

      I'm glad that they are finally moving away from gradient.

  • mgamerz
    • evolutionx1


      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Once you Archer, you change forever.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        Non US residents like me need the help of the Captain.

  • http://youtube.com/spelrutan Jens Törnblad

    Looks like the statusbar is painted with the pink color to the right in the wallpaper. But it seems like it's been used on the left as well, making it look someone's just photoshopped the black statusbar away. Looks fake in other words. Look closely!

    • Jondan Rothfus

      It could be that the status bar is just slightly opaque, making it easier to see specifically when users have a white/light background around that area. I would be okay with that...

  • heat361

    If they are making everything that was black transparent/frosted why not make the settings the same way.

    • Justin Foster

      Hopefully the launch and UI are customizable. That would really make it the Android version "for everybody. "

  • Christopher Bement

    I want it inside me.

    • Daveon Jackson

      Whoa there. It's not certified for internal use.

      • n0th1ng_r3al

        doesn't mean you can't use it internally

    • mgamerz

      I like how this comment shows up under the penis erection gif.

    • Mlibbey

      thank you for that laugh...but i feel the same way

    • Fatty Bunter

      I would think the procedure to get it out of you would cost more than the phone itself.

      • Manute

        not in Canada... we have "free" health care!

  • Nick

    I actually think that looks kind of...bad. I'm not a fan of the new folder look, or any of the new icons.

  • TheRunner024

    I like it.

  • John Doez

    I need this please release So I can sell my nexus 4 already grrrrowl

  • warez

    I like the launcher. I don't like the camera icon and the folder background. I think they are making Android look a lot like Chrome OS BTW.

    • iboalali

      that's the plan

  • Dycius

    So the front facing camera will be centered then?

    • heat361

      No the centered circle is the speaker. The front camera is to the left.

      • http://twitter.com/DasErdbeer DasErdbeer

        The reflection says is glass (left image). Why would it be glass in front of the speaker?
        My guess is that it's a proximity sensor to the left and the camera is centered.

        • Steve B

          This isn't the real phone, only a render. The phone doesn't look exactly like what's depicted. 100% confirmation that the ffc is top left and the ear piece it top center. Also, the ear piece is not covered in glass as it shows, it's actually a shallow circle.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    inb4 new icon sucks

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  • Simon

    The bottom bezel is still way too huge

    • Nathan

      Maybe because the notification LED is positioned there.

      • Simon

        too huge... for me to adore this phone

        • blast0id

          some people are impossible to please... usually we call them women...

        • Nathan

          Smaller than Nexus 4. Bigger screen.

      • Fatty Bunter

        No matter the reason, I agree that it's still too damn big. I was hoping it would shrink along with the other borders. Having said that, I'll probably get it anyway.

    • angel_spain

      Maybe in the render, with such screen 5" and same dimensions as Nexus 4, bezels should be thin.

  • Josh Chambers

    I want that wallpaper.

  • catpunt

    the time on the clock is 8:40... since 40-8 is 32 which is only 3 more than 28... THIS CONFIRMS A LAUNCH DATE OF October 28th!!1

    • GreatNews

      this is a very wild Calculation sir

    • Gabernasher

      32 is only 3 more than 28?

  • Karan O

    i just had my LVL9000 Nexus Orgasm! Dat Design!

  • Coen van Deelen

    The icons dont have anything in common. Dont like it.

  • Nathan
  • PamelaLibrarian

    Remind me to stop scrolling down for comments.

    • angel_spain

      You don't need to scroll, just tap "C" key to go to coments. And If I'm not wrong, there's another hotkey to go to next comment. But yeah, I know what you mean.

      • PamelaLibrarian

        Umm, yeah, that's not really what I meant.

    • CoreRooted

      Right there with ya... :-

  • Ronald

    Maybe I am noticing it for first time, the capacitive buttons don't cut the screen at bottom but are on top of wallpaper more like a full screen mode. I am pleased with this, I'll get more of my nexus 4 screen.

  • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

    Facebook Home, we met again.

  • Ryan Callihan

    I'm honestly not really feeling the Camera icon. It feels too MIUI-ish. Let's hope that "GEL" supports icon packs.

  • Rushil Perera

    Is this a sign of Google finally bringing all the features of Play Music to Canada?

    • deltatux

      what signs do you see that lead you think this?

      • Rushil Perera

        i know it sounds kind of silly but well telus + nexus 5 = google play music all access...it's just something i'm hoping, no matter how slim the chances are

        • deltatux

          I still fail to see the correlation. I want Google Play Music like every single Canadian Android user, but nothing points to a suggestion that this will happen at all...

          • Rushil Perera

            I understand that, but it's just hopefulness for me.

  • Diego Padron

    It's a minor nitpick, but I really wish the phone were horizontally symmetrical like the N4... Still buying it though

  • Alberto Blasi

    One think i noticed is they never show the People icon. Maybe they finally merged People and Dialer?

    • someone755

      OH THAT WOULD BE AWESOME. I hate that app. Never once opened it.