Google launches Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 smartphone

The wait is over and the Nexus 5 smartphone can be ordered with Android 4.4 KitKat preloaded. A lot of older devices will also get this new Android version as a free update in the near future.
Codrut Nistor,

Google released Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 smartphone "just in time for Halloween" in an attempt to provide "a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people." This new Android version works with older devices with lower specs as promised by Google back in September when KitKat was officially announced.

According to the official blog post announcing the availability of both Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, "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."

While KitKat is not a major update it provides a lot of improvements, including availability of QuickOffice as a part of the operating system, Emoji integration for the Google Keyboard or enhanced cloud support.

The Nexus 5 smartphone has most of the features rumored for it in the last weeks:

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330 graphics
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16/32 GB internal storage
  • Display: 4.95-inch Full HD IPS multitouch with 445 ppi
  • Cameras: 8 MP with OIS rear facing and 1.3 MP webcam 
  • Connectivity: dual band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/nc, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, GPS, micro USB, SlimPort
  • Operating system: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Weight/Dimensions: 0.29 pounds; 2.72X5.43X0.34 inches
  • Battery/Autonomy: 2,300 mAh; up to 17 hours talk time and up to 7 hours LTE surfing time (8.5 hours on WiFi)

The handset also features wireless charging capabilities and is priced at $349 (16 GB) or $399 (32 GB). The Nexus 5 can be purchased straight from the Google Play Store, but it can be found at Best Buy and Radio Shack as well.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 1 (Update: 2013-11- 2)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.