Preview: Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat are here, what next?
In typical Google tradition, Larry Page and his brothers at Mountain View quietly took the wraps off the Nexus 5, alongside a new version of Android — Android OS v4.4 KitKat.
Google Nexus 5
The LG-made Google Nexus 5 offers 4.95 inches of True HD IPS display at 1080 x 1920 pixels, summing up to 445 in pixels-per-inch numbers. There’s support for 2g, 3G, 4G, NFC , Wi-Fi a/ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and GLONASS connectivites; And then there’s support for one micro SIM card.
The Google Nexus 5 is powered by the all-powerful Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 system on-chip, with support from a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The camera is simple, an 8MP sensor with optical image stabilization (aka OIS) and LED flash. The camera also offers support for Geo-tagging, face detection and HDR. At the front side of the Nexus 5 lies a 1.3MP snapper that can help you capture 1280×1024 pixels of your portrait.
Too bad, there’s no feature for memory expansion as there’s an absence of memory card slot on the device. You will have to stick with the 16GB of internal storage the 16GB version of the device offers at $349 on Google Play; Or wait for the 32GB version which will probably cost a tad bit higher.
To add salt to injury, there’s a non-removable Li-Po 2300mAh battery on the Nexus 5. Non-removable battery, really? The battery capacity on the Nexus 5 is quite OK per-se, but come on Google, people(like the writer) want removable batteries. Nobody wants to be stranded with a dead battery on a picnic or expendition. Everyone needs to capture every single second of that awesome moment on their phones and swap batteries when they are low.
Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 4.4 KitKat? That’s the latest edition of the Android mobile operating system that was first showcased in September and later released yesterday (October 31). Very soon, flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 3, HTC One, LG G2 will start seeding upgrades for this Android 4.4 OS, probably.
As we haven’t seen or touched anything running on Android 4.4 KitKat, we can’t tell you about what we haven’t seen or felt. We hope to lay our hands on the Google Nexus 5 very soon so we can tell you all about the Android 4.4 KitKat experience.
But that is not all, on Android 4.4, Google promised they will integrate all your messages into their new Hangouts app, making it easier to manage all your SMS and MMS. They also mentioned something about helping you to help yourself find contacts across your phonebook, nearby places and Google Apps accounts. We also expect improved performance and a whole new bunch of features — camera, home screen, settings, phonebook — name it.
Google says that Android 4.4 KitKat can run comfortably on phones with only 512MB of RAM upwards, and that they are expecting 1 billion users for this new OS. So will your device be getting updated to Android 4.4 KitKat?
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