LG Nexus 5 heralds Android 4.4 KitKat
The Nexus 5 was unveiled – co-developed with LG – with its 5” Full HD display, LTE support, new camera lens with optical image stabilisation, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Learn more on our site.
The Nexus 5 is available now, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Korea, Japan, Canada and US. Prices will start from £299 in the UK, with Sprint and T-Mobile being anong the supporting operators.
Android 4.4, KitKat, “will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks,” says Google.
In terms of the KitKat software, as expected there is an emphasis on power and footprint optimisations. The lower requirements spec should enable the software to run on a greater variety of older devices – a key element of Androids battle against fragmentation.
Building a platform that makes mobile phones accessible for everyone has always been at the heart of Android. Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn’t benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, we’ve slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time. We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.
Other highlighted feature include an immersive mode, which automatically hides everything beyond what you are concetrating on, changes to make calling contacts easier, and a new Hangouts app.
Android™ 4.4 (KitKat®)
4.95? 1920×1080 display (445 ppi)
Full HD IPS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
1.3 MP front facing
8 MP rear facing with Optical Image Stabilisation
69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)
Talk time up to 17 hours*
Standby time up to 300 hours*
Internet time up to 8.5 hours on Wi-Fi, up to 7 hours on LTE*
Wireless Charging built-in
3.5 mm stereo audio connector
Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 800, 2.3 GHz
Adreno 330, 450 MHz
Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
NFC (Android Beam)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less)
2 GB RAM
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Ceramic power and volume buttons
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8
LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20