Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat to really be unveiled on October 15?
A new rumor floating around is saying that Google will unveil the Nexus 5 – or will it be called Nexus 4 (2013)? – alongside Android 4.4 KitKat on October 15. But is that really so?
Word on the street is that the October 15 announcement date was slipped during Google Launchpad, an event recently hosted by Google for start-ups. At said event developers “have served lashings of Key Lime Pie,” as CNET UK puts it, and we’ll remind you that until KitKat was revealed as the official name for the next Android version, Key Lime Pie was used internally at Google as a placeholder name, and have reportedly heard more details about Google’s Android plans.
That said, there’s nothing to prove that the event will indeed take place next week, assuming this rumor is real.
Back in fall 2012, Google issued invites for the media on October 18 for an event that was supposed to take place on October 29 in New York. We all knew what Google planned to announced during the show – the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 3G, Nexus 10 and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean – but the company never had a chance to actually host it, as hurricane Sandy hit. The new products were announced via press releases, as the company did not reschedule the event.
Considering that Google officially teased Android 4.4 KitKat since early September, sort-of crashing Samsung’s and Sony’s early announcement parties at IFA 2013, we would assume that Sundar Pichai and the gang would want to host a special event to unveil the new OS and the new Nexus products. Let’s not forget that some rumors out there suggest the company may unveil other Nexus products (except for a new smartphone a new 10-inch tablet), which would sort-of require a proper introduction.
In such a case, the October 15 date doesn’t make any sense as an announcement event for these new products. (At the time of writing this article, Google was yet to officially invite the media to a press event with five days to go until the rumored October 15 event.)
Then again, Google may do the unthinkable and just announce the new devices and OS update via press releases next week.
From a different point of view, we’ll point out that Nokia and Apple have events confirmed (Nokia) and rumored (Apple) for October 22. Is there a chance that Google may be interested in beating these companies to the punch when it comes to presenting new products for the winter season?
Finally, we’ll note that this isn’t the first time we hear the new Nexus handset and KitKat OS are going to be unveiled in mid-October, but that rumor wasn’t really confirmed either.