Android 4.4 KitKat screenshots from Nexus 5 posted online; new features detailed (Update: video)

October 31, 2013
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A person with access to the Nexus 5 has posted several images of the device inaction, including screenshots from Android 4.4 KitKat.

While neither the Nexus 5 nor KitKat is officially official, Google is expected to announce the two new products later today – meanwhile, the web is flooded with all sorts of pictures showing the handset in all its glory.

Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 5

Just a few hours ago, we showed you the hands-on gallery posted by this reddit user, who hosted a Nexus 5 Ask Me Anything session on reddit. Now, he’s back with actual screenshots from the Nexus 5, and they look rather believable considering what we’ve seen so far about these new Google products.

In addition to taking photos of the Nexus 5 and screenshots in order to prove he was handling the real deal, throwawaynexus5guy also revealed some of the Android 4.4 KitKat and/or Nexus 5 features he discovered during his hands-on time with the phone – that’s on top of what we have learned about the new OS from previous leaks.

Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 5

The tester hinted that the phone will have an always on microphone listening, just as previous rumors have suggested.

As for Hangouts, he said that SMS messages were threaded with other Hangouts messages.

Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 5

Interestingly, he said KitKat will feature a “complete [cloud] backup solution, think iCloud but for Android,” which should back up to the cloud things like apps data, saved games and app settings.

Even more interestingly, the Nexus 5 is said to update to Android 4.4.1, which will bring 100GB of Google Drive data to the user, and which could help with the previously mentioned cloud backup feature.

Android 4.4 KitKat on Nexus 5

throwawaynexus5guy also mentioned Nexus 5 battery life details, saying that he was told the phone will offer “around 17 hours talk time, 8 hours web surfing, 6 hours of video watching.”

Excited? We’ll be back with more details as soon as they’re available.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP0GCzie9u0

Update: A 6-minute long video hands-on of Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 is also available on YouTube (see above), from a different source. We’ll note that while the video seems to have been published on October 30 on YouTube, the Nexus 5 device appears to still be running an older KitKat version, which is referred to as Key Lime Pie.

Update 2: The video appears to be the same one that was posted earlier this month, and then pulled from YouTube.

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