Nexus 5 (2015) rumors, specifications: YouTube video reveals fingerprint scanner; details come after Google unveiled Android M last week


Google has made no official announcements regarding the Nexus 5 (2015) smartphone but the media has come up with speculations after the Android M OS was unveiled.

According to BGR, Google announced the new operating system during its I/O event last week. During the unveiling, the tech giant revealed to event attendees the new features that can be expected of handsets that will use the new OS, which is reportedly going to be called “Marshmallow.”

Google revealed that smartphone users will now have more control with data that ends up in the hands of Android developers. Previously, apps would ask for permission to send data back to developers during installation. With the new OS, apps will ask permission when users make use of certain features in the software.

Android M will also feature fingerprint sensor support for the first time, BGR reported. The integration of fingerprint sensor support into the Android platform is integral to the implementation of Android Pay, a revamped version of the old Google Wallet, an NFC-based mobile payment platform.

Google M will also introduce better battery lives for future smartphones as well as support for USB Type-C ports for faster charging.

In a separate report BGR revealed that Reddit users have uncovered a video on the Google Developers YouTube channel showing what looks like a Nexus 5 handset used for internal development. The device, Reddit users point out, sported a fingerprint button interface at the back of the case right next to the camera.

The International Business Times also reported a set of specifications that will possibly be found in the rumored Nexus 5 (2015) smartphone in addition to the Android M features. These include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing selfie shooter.

Android Police said that two versions of the Nexus 5 may be manufactured. One, reportedly being developed by LG, will be called “Bullhead.” The other will allegedly be released by Huawei and will be called “Angler.”