Nexus 5 and Android Kit Kat released today
Will Kit Kat give lower specced Android devices a break?
It’s Android Friday today with the official launch of the Nexus 5 smartphone and an update to version 4.4, a.k.a Kit Kat.
The Nexus 5 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display and comes with choices of either 16GB or 32GB internal storage. Other highlights include a speedy, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with 2.26GHz Quad-Core Krait CPU, 2GB of RAM and an 8MP rear facing camera with Innotek’s optical image stabiliser technology. It’s also the slimmest and most lightweight Nexus phone, so far, and is made in collaboration with LG.
It’s also the slimmest and most lightweight Nexus phone, so far.
Probably just as significant as the product launch is the release of Android 4.4, Kit Kat. Not only does the latest version of the OS bring along with it feature improvements but also under the hood changes that will mean it should run on lower-specced devices. The introduction of Android 4.0 (Jelly Bean) meant that only relatively powerful phones and tablets could run the latest offering from Google.
As anyone who has owned both Apple and Android devices will testify, cross-platform apps more often than not run better on iOS, and that’s largely down to the fact developers know what they are dealing with when it comes to iDevices. The fragmentation of Android operating systems can mean less optimised apps so the advent of Kit Kat could, and should, be good news for users across the board, in terms of app parity.
Kit Kat could, and should, be good news for users across the board, in terms of app parity with iOS
Highlights of Android 4.4 include a new dialer which will automatically suggests people the most likely to call while Caller ID by Google matches an incoming phone number to a business even if that number isn’t stored in the contact list. Users can also now send and receive text messages directly from Hangouts, and Hangouts for Android now supports location sharing.
OK, Google!Google Now’s voice search will now work without your device unlocked – a feature plucked from the Moto X – meaning that initiating a voice search is now as simple as saying “Ok, Google,” which is undeniably neat.
The Nexus 5 is now up on the Google Play store and available in black or white, priced at £299 and £339 for the 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively.
Source: Google Play
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