KitKat targeted at low-end phones and wearables. Nexus 5 might be unveiled today, more details leaked
Could it be? Could it really be? Could today be the big day for Google and LG, the day in which they finally make the Nexus 5 smartphone official? Let’s hope so. The (by far) most leaked device in recent history (if not ever) sure deserves to be out there waiting for people to buy it.
And it seems like today might just be the big day. October 31 was mentioned a few times in old rumors, but more as the release date and not the announcement date for the Nexus 5. Well, it’s October 31 and the thing is still not official, so maybe today will actually be the unveiling date. This has been confirmed to Artem Russakovskii of Android Police fame over the past few hours by multiple sources he claims are very reliable. So let’s get ready, then, shall we?
While we do that, though, let’s take a look at the most recent tidbits that have been leaked about the Nexus 5. Some random guy (or not so random, who knows?) who got to play with the handset for a while did an Ask Me Anything over on Reddit, and from his answers to various questions we now have a better picture about the Nexus 5. The 2,300 mAh battery is in, sadly, which means battery life will be anything but stellar (sadly a trend among Nexus smartphones ever since the Galaxy Nexus). Google ignoring battery life in devices that are supposed to be used primarily by power users is as baffling as it’s always been.
But let’s move on. Apparently the camera is better than that in the Nexus 4, but not on the same level as the iPhone 5S or the Galaxy S4. Once again, nothing surprising here. The speaker though is apparently rather good.
The Nexus 5 is said to already be running Android 4.4.1. That .1 iteration brings with it a Google Drive offer, it seems – 100 GB of storage in Google’s cloud for free for Nexus 5 owners.
And now on to software features. There will be a ‘complete backup’ solution onto Google Drive baked in Android 4.4 KitKat (which makes the aforementioned 100 GB of storage even more useful). This will be akin to Apple’s iCloud offering, backing up app settings, game levels, and such. Furthermore, the ‘always listening’ feature from the Moto X will be in too.
Speaking of the next version of Android, according to a different rumor entirely, it will be aimed at low-end phones, being able to run perfectly even on hardware with just 512 MB of RAM. This is one thing we’ve constantly heard about many ‘next’ iterations of Android, but it hasn’t happened yet. Will it this time? It’s unclear. This would theoretically make it easier for makers of low-end Android phones to issue updates to KitKat. But will they? After all, how much of the lack of software support from device makers (and thus, “fragmentation”) is because of optimizations needed by the Android code and how much is simply a business decision – in the hope you’ll buy the next phone when you want new software?
What’s most likely to happen is just that we’ll see new handsets with low-end specs run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one, and not 4.1 or 2.3 or anything like that.
This report is said to be based on a confidential file that Google showed certain companies, which was seen by Amir Efrati. This memory handling improvement will also prove beneficial for putting Android on wearable devices such as smartwatches. In fact, Android 4.4 KitKat will bring with it support for three new types of sensors: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. Clearly, the use of those will happen mainly in wearables.
The NFC implementation is getting revamped too, with support for emulating physical cards. IR sensors will be supported starting with 4.4 too.
Hopefully all of this stuff will become official in the next few hours. If that doesn’t happen, stick around and we’ll continue to bring you the most relevant rumors about the LG Nexus 5 and Android 4.4. KitKat.