Nexus 5 release date pushed back to Oct. 31-Nov. 1?: Nexus 10 2 and Android 4.4 KitKat OS to launch at Google event

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There was anticipation that Google may launch its latest Nexus 5 handset on October 15 but the day has gone with no word from Google on the anticipated release date for its flagship phone.

However, according to iDigitalTimes, the launch of the Nexus 5 may have been delayed due to the government shutdown and will not launch until November 1.

There is speculation that products from Apple, Samsung, HTC and LG may be delayed for weeks as the backlog of the FCC certification process has built up from the government shutdown.

It was widely believed that Google would be launching the Nexus 5 pre-installed with Android 4.4 KitKat on October 14, a day before October 15, the date which many believed that Apple would be hosting its iPad event. However, the Apple sent out invitations yesterday to a media event on October 22, which would be the platform for the Cupertino company to reveal its iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2.

Google is set to host the 2013 Big Bang event some time at the end of this month or on November 1, where the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 2 will be officially unveiled to the public featuring the all new Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system.

The mid to high-range phone will pack a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor chip and feature a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 technology.

It's 13 megapixel camera will have unique shooting features and there will also be a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. With 2 or 3GB RAM, 2700mAh battery, and the Adreno 330 GPU, it is expected to be a powerful mid-range phone. The device is also rumored to be built by LG.

Google's Nexus 4 was popular due to its mid-range specs and affordable budget price. An unlocked and no-contract version of the phone was only $299. The price of the Nexus 5 is expected to be similar to that of the Nexus 4 - with a possible price increase of 30 perecent.

Google's Nexus 5 is one of the last major phones expected to be released before the end of 2013, and is highly anticipated by consumers all over the world.

The latest Android 4.4 Kitkat will feature an updated revamped user interface, improve battery life of the device, improve optimization of old Android mobile devices, and better performance.