It was understandable when early pre-release specs listed the Nexus 5 as having a fictional 802.11nc (as opposed to 802.11ac) Wi-Fi, which many definitely noticed at the time. After all, the Nexus 5 wasn't official yet, and something like that could have been a typo made by a PR person or an intern.

Then the Nexus 5 launched, and O2's and LG's official specs still said 802.11nc. Reluctantly, I decided to let it go, thinking someone would eventually notice and correct it. But when in the last hour, Google itself updated the official Nexus 5 page to specifically include the previously missing Wi-Fi protocols and made the same mistake, at the risk of having an aneurysm I could hold it no longer.



Google, LG, can we get that fixed please?

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
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  • Danny Holyoake

    It's not a Google launch if it's not botched in some way.

    • OG Triple OG

      Botched? Lol

    • Scott

      Dude, it's a single letter of the alphabet. I don't think the launch is botched.

      • Jadephyre

        It is botched, at least from the point of view of everyone not having or even wanting an N5, but the factory images for their other devices.

        • mwenn1

          The new phone always get the new OS first, then once the N5 has been out a week or so Kit Kat will be delivered to the rest.

          • Jadephyre

            Wrong, update to 4.2 for the GNex was released the same day as the N4 went on sale, so there.

    • Tony Byatt

      Not following...

  • Mayoo

    Google ready to release a new nc protocol CONFIRMED!

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


    • Chester Moy

      It's correct on the Play Store though

  • Jadephyre

    Just another f***up, nothing new these days, move along.
    How about an article about CyanogenMod pushing CM11 to Git.

    • Bluewall


  • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

    The Canadian site is correct:


    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      Goddam Canadians...

      • Fifth313ment

        LOL, I was going to type, "Damn Canadians, one more thing to hate them for!" LOL, then I saw your post! :P

    • gierso

      dont worry they will correct it with the correct NC one

    • The Seventh Son

      I'm sure Canada will still find a way to apologize for it, eh? :)

      • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

        If you come up here I'll buy you a beer to help cope with this unfortunate situation.

        • The Seventh Son

          Only if it's maple beer! I keed I keed :)

          • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

            Lol, I'm sure such a thing exists.

      • mrsbelpit

        Literal lol.

    • linjef

      But the Canadian site thinks it's sold in 16GB/32GB capacities..

      • http://reddit.com/ yo2boy

        Thinks? It IS being sold in 16GB/32GB capacities. Where have you been?

        • linjef

          Sound asleep in bed. Oops! Thanks for waking me up. (:

          Must've had some great dreams that it was in 32/64...

          • http://reddit.com/ yo2boy

            Hahahaha no worries ;)

      • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju


  • Dean Politis

    To be fair, the Google Play site has it correct and the LG site is in the UK. Perhaps ac is nc in the UK? ;-)~

  • Willie D

    Don't know about you but all promo and websites I read said 802.11ac not nc

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

      I linked to at least 3 sources that said, still say, or now say nc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    This is madness!

    • Francois-Xavier Launois

      This... is... SPARTAAAAAAAAAA!

      • Je

        This is CONDOOOOOOM!

  • Problem?

    No NC? Deal breaker for me :p

  • blahmoomoo

    Perhaps NC means no connection? That's what it means in electronics! :P

  • googler

    The spansih webpage says ac too

  • RE

    That is the well known 802.11No Connection, I have that way to often on my GNex, thought the N5 sound be an upgrade in tjat perspective ;-)

    • Alan Shearer

      Ready to get my nexus 5, my gnex decided I did not need wifi ( I suffered the wifi module failure problem), So the galaxy nexus already supports 801.11 nc

    • Fifth313ment

      Hey that's funny I have that on my Sprint EVO LTE too! Oh wait that is the WiFi, I thought you were talking about Sprint service, lol! :P

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    Nexus 5 is the only phone with NC? FRAGMENTATION!

  • guidomus_maximus

    hmmm maybe that's why I have so many wifi issues with my N4

  • gierso

    dont be a perfectionist!
    apply a NC lifestyle of NoCaring for errors that much. it will eventually get corrected
    i hope >_<

  • SetiroN

    Totally deserves a news post.

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

      Notice how News is not part of the categories. It is not a news post.

  • RitishOemraw

    They leaked so much before the launch they wanted something new to bring to the table, instead of coming clean right away they decided to NOT come clean right away :P

  • Adrien

    Maybe it's Wifi Narrow Channel (NC) ?

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

      In this case, it's not, it's 802.11ac, typoed.

  • richard smith
    • Barry Ray

      I guess it's just more fun to pretend WiFi-NC isn't a thing and point out typos that aren't typos.

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

        802.11nc is still a typo.

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

      Not 802.11nc - WiFi-NC. 802.11nc is not a thing.

      • richard smith

        But it can more of a fun thing than obsessing over a typo? I like the idea of WiFi nc, and I like the idea of bacon donuts too. We just gotta make it happen :0)

  • Tim

    Maybe it's like how the Galaxy Nexus had Bluetooth 4.0 hardware, but only listed as having Bluetooth 3.0. Android 4.3 enabled the Bluetooth 4.0 features on the Galaxy Nexus. Might they enable "nc" features possibly at a later date?

  • Rob

    "at the risk of having an aneurysm I could hold it no longer" LOL. Love it. ;-)

    • MyLeftNut

      Since this post is all about being nitpicky, I have to point out that this sentence makes no sense. He was courting an aneurysm (figuratively) by biting his tongue and holding it all in that's why he finally had to just let it out. The risk isn't from letting it go it's from holding in all his frustrations.

  • Nathan

    And they forgot the LED notification light in the diagrams...

  • Drew Freyling

    Aus store has it listed as Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

  • Dean Jen

    At least it is NC, not WC...

  • neo conglautomaton

    live free in the nc

  • http://www.techlisten.com Mahesh Makvana

    Google's all set to release that new NC protocol!

  • Jonathan Lyng

    it's the secret protocol used on barges....

  • Noel Jose

    is the leap wifi connectivity issue resolved in android 4.4?

  • Shawn Adams

    I'd like to read 802.11nc......can anyone point me to the standard ?
    Oh wait, there is no nc standard....