Nexus 5 is soon to be announced and Google will feature it with the newest Android version - 4.4 KitKat. Find out the 10 amazing things about the latest Google smartphone for 2013!
Android 4.4 KitKat will run the Nexus 5 and it includes major changes in the user interface, applications and system performance. Moreover, Android Jelly Bean goodies are also expected to appear on KitKat which greatly improve the Android experience. Here some notable features from the upcoming OS:
- Miracast updates
- Android's first and exclusive cloud-based system
- Wider global network coverage and compatibility
- More compatible accessories coming up
- Lightweight firmware on the system
- Enhanced battery life
- Android Jelly Bean goodies: Google Now, Project Butter, Actionable Notifications, Lock screen widgets, Daydream, Bluetooth Smart, OpenGL ES 3.0 and more
New User Interface
Set of alleged screenshots of Android 4.4. KitKat glimpsed online with user interface changes on the dial pad and messaging application. The screenshots also confirmed the Palette colour theme which was already revealed as part of Android 4.4 KitKat features. In addition, other parts of the system are also affected by the change such as Gallery visualisation and animations.
- New Gallery visualisation
- New APIs for animations
- Palette colour theme replaces standard blue tones
- New notifications widgets
Aside from these changes, there are other improvements to be delivered by Android 4.4 and it includes:
1. Smoother system response
2. Faster and more stable screen orientation
3. Refined software
4. Less bugs
5. Improved system security
Android 4.4 Exclusive Features
Android KitKat version will deliver some unique and exclusive features which happened to Nexus 4 owners who received Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. In Android 4.2, Photo Sphere camera was added which takes a snap in all direction - up or down, top or bottom. In addition, the Photo Sphere can be shared immediately to Google+ and Google Maps.
Nexus 5 is expected to have at least one exclusive feature from the Android 4.4 KitKat and the camera would be the first to get overall changes. Will the camera create its own GIF type capture or allow more editing power than Nexus 4?
Screen Size and Display Resolution
Nexus 5 boasts screen and display resolution improvements from both hardware and software integration. Android 4.4 KitKat allows edge-to-edge screen which narrows the bezel among future Nexus devices while the hardware has been upgraded to Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM and increased 64GB of internal storage.
The smartphone boasts 5.0-inches of screen with full HD 1080p display resolution having smaller bezel compared to Nexus 4 for maximised work and play place.
New Camera Technology
Google and Nikon were rumoured working on the latest camera technology and possibly to appear on the Nexus 5. LG Nexus 4 features 8MP rear shooting camera while Nexus 5 boasts 13MP camera, similar to LG G2. Nexus 5 is expected to feature optical image stabilisation which is included on G2's camera.
Some speculations indicate that the 13MP rear shooter has OmniVision lenses which are considered good in taking shots under low-light conditions and specialises in video calling or video chat with HD resolution. Other features such as BSI may also be included in the Nexus 5 new camera.
Performance and Processing
Android 4.4 KitKat supports multi-core CPUs and optimised to handle more kinds of processors which allow the Nexus 5 to perform and process efficiently. Android 4.4 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor delivers fast and stable performance without consuming high amount of battery. In addition, mobile Internet connection will also become more reliable on Nexus 5 compared to Nexus 4 and finally offers LTE connectivity.
Network Upgrade and Other Connectivity
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 supports LTE connectivity and it means Nexus 5 has LTE network coverage. Nexus 5 carries the new emblem of improved network coverage with Android 4.4 and is expected to perform fast data connection without causing lag on other system applications or functions. Other wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also improved which consumes less energy with the help of Wi-Fi location only and Bluetooth Smart feature from Jelly Bean.
More Battery on Nexus 5
Google's Nexus 5 sports 3300 mAh battery pack and can sustain an entire day of work. Moreover, Android 4.4 KitKat optimises the battery life by giving better CPU core support, improved system management, profile modes and enhanced network coverage for longer standby time.
A developer edition of the Nexus 5 may be released via Google Play Store which is unlocked and ready for custom ROM fans to play with. Nexus 5 Developer edition is not locked to any network carriers and features an unlocked bootloader which may be a little expensive than standard Nexus 5. In addition, the developer edition may be the one rumoured to feature the higher 64GB internal storage.
Inexpensive Price Tag
Google is selling an unlocked Nexus 4 online and it costs less than $300 per unit. Rumours expect Google to sell the new Nexus 5 16GB for $329.99 while $379.99 for the 32GB variant. The developer edition or 64GB rumoured variant may be sold for up to $450.00 per unit since it features higher capacity with an unlocked bootloader for developmental purposes.
October is the chosen month for the Nexus and Android 4.4 KitKat grand appearance and rumoured to happen on the 14th day, several days after Galaxy Note 3 public release.
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