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

by: Chris SmithOctober 31, 2013


Nexus 5 press image

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.

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.

  • Udit

    we dont need a super slim phone !!!! we want more battery :(

    • jusephe

      It’s 9,1 mm, propably without camera so it’s on the level of 3,5 years old iPhone 4 in terms of thickness…. not a super-slim phone by any means now.

    • Maher Salti

      Got a note 3 for that.. :)

  • iamtravis182

    Is anyone else constantly trolling the Play Store at their job, praying that the next refresh will reveal the N5? Or is that just me…

    • Mayoo

      I almost had a heart attack when I saw a ton of devices that weren’t there before when I realized I wasn’t logged on (Canada here).

      You are not alone.

    • Jeff Moreira

      doing the same here bro :)

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      You ain’t trolling the Play Store. The Play Store is trolling YOU (all of us, actually).

    • iamtravis182

      I’m a teacher of special ed students… but their education can wait until I get my Nexus 5.

    • Ryan

      Not just you! I’m at school, bored as anything, and looking on every tech site and play store, if they wait any longer, people are going to start hating Google.

      • bill

        I got mine. It’s on the Play Store.

  • Dee Lee

    Google try to get you all hype up and advertising for them just like Apple everytimes they have a new products. They just want to make sure that they have enough sales before they release the Nexus 5. Google do all these leaks to get all the android fan on board to spread more rumors so they can get more sales and attentions. You all know that Google have the Nexus 5 and don’t want to release it yet. Google try to prove the points that they have the control market of android smartphones, but Google don’t. There are more better android phones than Nexus 5 out there.

    • MasterMuffin


    • Helg

      That’s what you call advertizing strategy! =_=

  • MasterMuffin

    19:00 GMT, PLZ!

  • jonathan3579

    That YouTube video is an old ass build. I have no interest in these old builds.

  • ignabel

    I downloaded a chrome extension called auto refresh…. I have the play store refreshing every 5 secs on my secondary monitor…

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      Doing it right away!

  • trwb

    Seems slow. It would be better if the guy didn’t move his hand so slow.

  • jairus

    That video is old and I’m sure you guys posted that before.

  • Rana
  • That widget drawer look really ugly…

  • NeedName

    I’ll be giving out KitKats to the kids tonight for halloween. . . Google, I expect you to give out some KitKat today as well!!!

  • Patronized

    “Device inaction?” I think I’d prefer a device that works.

  • randy reid

    just ordered mine