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Google to Debut Android Pay Alongside LG Nexus 5 2015


News by Luke Jones on Friday August 07, 2015.

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The old Nexus 5
The old Nexus 5

It is being reported today that Google will debut its Android Pay mobile payment system alongside LG's new Nexus smartphone, which is due to be launched at the end of the third quarter. The device is an updated version of LG?s 2013 Nexus 5 and will be imaginatively called the Nexus 5 2015, but crucially it will ship with a fingerprint scanner, something that will play a major part in Android Pay.

Huawei's Nexus flagship is also expected to ship with a fingerprint scanner, and it seems likely that will launch alongside the Nexus 5 2015 and with Android Pay too. As for the new mobile payment service, it will be Google's answer to Apple Pay and was announced at the company?s I/O conference as a successor to the current Google Wallet.

As for LG's next foray into the stock Android world of Nexus, the 5 2015 has already shown up several times, including on benchmark databases:

So, why will Google be making two Nexus smartphones this year? The Huawei made Nexus will follow Motorola's lead and be a phablet with a 5.7-inch screen, a size that is simply to big for a lot of consumer. Google has linked with LG to bring a smaller device to the masses, one that will carry high end specs but the same design as the 5-inch Nexus 5 from 2013. Considering the Nexus 6 has been disappointing from a sales perspective, the new strategy could help Google's smartphones, which are admittedly still popular among smartphone and Android enthusiasts.

A new LG device passed through Geekbench this week with the model number LG-f600L, which we think is a prime candidate to be the 2015 Nexus 5. The handset in question sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (the same chip as LG's G4 flagship) and 4GB of RAM. Some have pointed out that the device could be the confirmed by unannounced G4 Pro, but we think that device will up the G4 in terms of processor and will likely come with a (unreleased) Snapdragon 820 processor.

 
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