Friday, November 1, 2013

Android (finally) unveils Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat

Well, Google actually kept it's unofficial promise to bring Android 4.4 to market before the end of October. At the very last day, Google finally unveiled its new Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat. No more suffering, no more need to come up with weird theories about all the secrecy.

After all, the Nexus 5 was one of the worst kept secrets in history, we already knew practically everything there is to know about it, and now that it is official - Nexus 5 -  we can confirm it: 4.95" Full HD LCD (1920x1080), Snapdragon 800 at 2.3Ghz, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB Flash, 4G/LTE, wireless charging, and - of course - Android 4.4. The design is based on LG's G2, with very thin bezels, 8.59mm thickness, weighing 130g - and last but not least, the expected amazing price of $349/$399.

We also get an enhanced 8MP optical stabilized camera, and just like the Moto X, there's no need to wake up the device in order to "talk to it".

As for Android 4.4 KitKat, the new system ir more efficient and lightweight than ever, and can be used in devices with just 512MB (sadly, Google won't update the Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.4 - which kind of defeats the purpose; although some say the real issue is the TI OMAP SoC that has been "abandoned" by Texas). The Android 4.4 will integrate the web and apps, allowing search results to redirect you to installed apps; and visually it's also a lot nicer, with the top status bar and bottom soft button bar now being transparent and disappearing completely in certain apps.

If you were waiting for the "right" Android... there's nothing to think about: at half the cost of an iPhone 5S, you simply can't go wrong with this Nexus 5!

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