Google is expected to soon launch the Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system. While most details about the smartphone are already known from leaked photos and rumours, the tech community is largely in the dark about the new features that the upcoming version of Google’s mobile OS will bring to the table.Until now, that is.
A new batch of leaked photos of Nexus 5 running on KitKat operating system has revealed some of the new features that the next Android update will have. The photos come courtesy Italian technology website TuttoAndroid and show that the Notification Bar, which have remained solid black in colour till now, will be transparent and icons like battery, signal strength etc will be white. Same is the case with Navigation Bar, where the Home, Back and App Switcher software keys are located.
courtesy: Tutto Android)
With Android 4.2, Google made it possible for users to access the Camera app from the locked screen by swiping to the right. While that option remains in Android 4.4, the new OS also features a Camera icon on the lower right corner for easy access, similar to iOS 7.
In the app menu, the background – which used to be black in colour in previous Android version – now has the look of the Home Screen wallpaper. The icons are bigger in size and have a flatter look. The quick-start applications have been limited to just two in Android KitKat; previously, users could add up to four apps of their choice or create folders for more app to access commonly used apps from any Home Screen.
The report says that Google Now will have the ‘always-on’ functionality of Moto X in Android 4.4 and may accept commands in several languages, not just English. In line with previous reports, Android 4.4 may also introduce SMS function to Google Hangouts app. It also states that Android 4.4 is much lighter and faster than Android 4.3 and previous versions.
Google Nexus 5 will come with optical image stabilization feature, says the report; this had been rumoured for long but leaked images had not been able to confirm the same until now. Codenamed Hammerhead, Google Nexus 5 is said to run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is the most powerful in the world right now. The quad-core application processor will be clocked at 2.3GHz and will be complemented by Adreno 330 graphics processor.
Nexus 5 is said to have a 5-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution, with on-screen resolution being 1794x1080p. It is said that the next Nexus smartphone will be manufactured by LG, which makes the current model. Nexus 5 is said to be based on the recently unveiled LG G2 smartphone and it is expected that the device will feature 2GB RAM and 13MP rear camera.
It is expected that Google will also unveil the Nexus 10 tablet alongside Nexus 5 and Android KitKat. This tablet is rumoured to be manufactured by Asus this year, instead of Samsung which made last year’s iteration, and have a full HD screen.