Nexus 5 Android 4.4 log file findings: USB OTG support, more Android stock apps coming to Play Store

by: Chris SmithOctober 2, 2013

Nexus 5 leak

After finding references to various specs for the Nexus 5 in a recently leaked Android 4.4 log file, a publication has discovered more details about Google’s future smartphone and Android OS version.

Digging through the thousands of lines of code in that KitKat log file, Android World has discovered more hardware and software details about the Nexus 5, and some of them are definitely interesting if proven true.

Nexus 5 specs

The publication has focused on two particular potential hardware features of the Nexus 5 in this new log file teardown including optical image stabilization for the camera and USB OTG for the handset.

References to image stabilization are present in the code for both the front-facing and the rear camera, but it’s not clear whether the code refers to actual optical image stabilization or software features that would improve photos and videos for both cameras.

Android 4.4 KitKat

More interestingly, the Nexus 5 is said to have some USB OTG features, at least for some specific tasks such as moving pictures and videos from the Gallery to an external storage device. Support for USB audio accessories is also apparently present. If accurate, this would certainly be a change of heart from Google when it comes to USB OTG support for Nexus devices.

Android 4.4 KitKat features

Android World says that the Nexus 5 which ran this particular Android 4.4 version comes “unequivocally” from a Google employee, as the code seems to have revealed access to Google’s internal Play Store called Bazaar.

Furthermore, the publication has discovered that various apps from this Android 4.4 build have different versions than what’s available on current devices – see current version followed by Nexus 5 version in this list:

  • Google Sound Search: 1.1.8 – 1.1.11
  • Email: 4.1 – 6.0
  • Clock: 2.0.3 – 3.0.0
  • Currents: 2.1.1 – 2.1.2
  • Cloud Print: 0.6.1b – 0.8.3
  • Google Authenticator: 2.49 – 3.55
  • Play Books: 2.9.21 (depending on device) – 3.0.1
  • Gallery: 1.1.40012 – 1.1.40030
  • Hangouts: 1.2.018 – 1.3.012
  • QuickOffice: 6.1.180 – 6.2.255
  • Play Store: 4.3.11 – 4.4.2
  • Gmail: 4.6 – 4.6.1

As you can see, some jumps are more significant than others, including Email, Clock and Google Authenticator.

Additionally, it would look like most of these apps will be available to download as independent apps on the Google Play Store, which would mean that older handsets that won’t make the jump to Android 4.4 – or which will be updated much later in the future – will be able to at least get some of the latest versions of Google’s core apps.

Android 4.4 KitKat

This is speculation based on the fact that these Google apps have are referred to as instead of, which seems to be an indication that they’ll be available as independent downloads from the Google Play Store. While this Android 4.4 KitKat feature is yet to be confirmed, it certainly resonates well with certain rumors that suggested Android 4.4 will be compatible with older devices, as Google tries to further fix Android fragmentation.

New Google apps have also been discovered, like separate Camera and Gallery apps, a new Dialer app but also a Google Home app, which could be a new launcher or a “hub” for Google services. Similarly, a Terminal app and a Tag app have been discovered, with the later being associated to NFC tags.

References to themes have also been found, although it’s not clear what that means for the new OS version.


Finally, the hidden Android 4.3 App Ops permission management app is apparently active in Android 4.4.

Wrap up

As you can see, some of Android 4.4’s features may have been outed well before their time by this leaked KitKat log file.

However, we’ll remind you that nothing is official at this time, and speculation based on lines of code may not always be accurate, no matter how convincing this particular leak seems to be.

That said, we’re certainly looking forward to see what Google has in store for the Nexus 5 and its Android 4.4 KitKat OS version, especially considering that most rumors suggest these two new products are going to be unveiled later this month.

  • team nexus

    waiting for android kitkat on my nexus 7. bored of jelly bean

    • TechDevil

      Seconded. I am so looking forward to be able to say that I have a different OS than Jelly Bean. I literally feel like we have been saying Jelly Bean for an eternity. I am more than ready for a new name, although I was also hoping for 5.0 instead of 4.4. But oh well, as long as it’s a new version with a new name, I’m still happy.

      • Mayoo

        While I agree with both of you, we are a marginal few that are up to date on OS. Most people are still on ICS, some are getting JB and some are hitting their heads on the corner of their desk everyday they see GB.

        But like I said, being a Nexus fanboy, I am too hoping for a new version very very soon.

        • iamtravis182

          “A lot of people are still on ICS”

          …or Gingerbread. Don’t even get me started…and I’ll never buy another HTC device again.

          • TechDevil

            I am a huge Samsung-fanboy for their genius electronics. But when it comes to the Android smartphones not having the newest OS version, I don’t like being “controlled” and stayed on the same OS. I want new updates. Had Samsung updated all their phones to the newest OS within 2 months of the Nexus release of new OS versions, I’d stay with my Samsung Galaxy S4, but I’ve had it with waiting for OS versions I may never get. That’s why I switched to Nexus 4 just days ago, and I have not looked back even for a second after switching.

            I for one hope the 4.4 OS version could potentially mean less fragmentation and the various companies (HTC, Sony, Samsung etc) update even older devices to the newest OS (but I have a feeling it’s not gonna happen, unfortunately).

          • Grimmjow

            not gonna happen. its just not practically feasible.

        • prick

          A lot of people still on ICS? Cool story bro, I’m on 2.0 Eclair.

      • mikeym0p

        I was just making a write-up as to why Google stuck with the JB name for so long. I personally think it’s an excellent idea to have stuck with it for three versions.

        • TechDevil

          I don’t. Personally I think they should have stuck with Ice Cream Sandwich the entire 4.X updates, and then have 5.X be Jelly Bean and 6.X be KitKat. Today, you have to say specifically which version you have in the 4.X update series, and many people don’t bother to remember the numbers. Would be easier with just saying “Ice Cream Sandwich” and everybody knows that’s 4.1 and it’s sub-update 4.1.2.

      • prick

        Not sure if troll or serious?

    • mLogician

      I don’t think 4.4 UI will be much different than that of JB 4.3.

      • Daniel

        Why? I have a feeling they will (at least slightly) refresh up the UI/UX in 4.4.

  • Leandro Brandão

    i just bought a slimport cable to my nexus 4. i hope they use the same cable for nexus 5.

  • Sam Razzy

    I won’t be buying the new nexus 5 phone as I don’t like another shit company producing phone. I will be staying with nexus 4 until the next nexus 6 comes out.

    • Dimitar Gospodinov

      isn’t your Nexus 4 made by the same “shit” company??? How do you like it?

      • Sam Razzy

        That’s why I’m not going to upgrade to another shit same company. You know my nexus 4 has an hardware problem which is known to everyone. (power button)…

        • Dimitar Gospodinov

          welll…don’t forget how much it cost you :D

        • Mayoo

          Yeah, because YOU have a power button problem means everything LG makes is shit.

          Good luck with the future. You just eliminated one of the only 3 companies who still makes Nexus devices.

          Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to sell everything I own that Microsoft did because I had an error message one time…

        • Heroicslug

          Really? I’ve had my N4 since launch and the power button (and everything else) works fine.

    • MasterMuffin

      Mah gawd, turn your phone around and see the text on the bottom…

      • Sam Razzy

        I mean to say not the shit same brand again until the new motrola or samsung company takes the lead character to build the nexus line again


    Google home will probably be similar to Facebook home and blink feed on the HTC One. I’m hoping that it will incorporate things like your YouTube weed Gmail Twitter Google Plus and hang out olan ones for on your home screen that would be amazing. Whatever it is I’m sure it will be amazing can’t wait to replace my Nexus 4 with the new Nexus 5…

    • MasterMuffin

      I hope it’s NOT like Facebook home, one hideous piece of crap is quite enough!

  • Mayoo

    All I need is a release date.

    • Balraj


      I believe it will be mid October..

      • Mayoo

        What I think is :
        Mid October for conference.
        End October for release.

        But what I hope is :
        Mid October for conference
        Release the day after with 4.4 rollout to all Nexus (S and + because of the 512mb rumor)

      • Kariem

        Me too :(
        I wish it’ll be unveiled at mid October ….
        as if it 31 October I’d die I just can’t wait :@

        • Balraj

          True lol..but maybe it will launch October15 or 20 n be avaavailable by ocOctober 31
          More like November lol

    • Kariem

      Me too :(
      I wish it’ll be unveiled at mid October ….
      as if it 31 October I’d die I just can’t wait :@

  • Sean

    Maybe this is there way of giving people the option of having a pure android experience on any phone. Buy the HTC ONE but hate Sense-No problem… Just download the stock launcher from the play store and voila. This would be a big game changer. No need to root to get stuck android on board.

    • me

      Their way

    • Oli72

      totally agree. i said that earlier to a few people to stop whining and use the options out there.

    • MasterMuffin

      There’s already Nova and Apex and Holo and… no point in that

      • D’Ander McSullivan

        It’s not the same.

        • MasterMuffin

          and what would be the difference? Custom launchers have more customization, but that’s a good difference!

    • Balraj

      Play edition devices?? But price s**** though

    • D’Ander McSullivan

      That’d be a pain in the ass for Google to make Android compatible ROMs with every single device out there.

  • banana

    USB OTG support, that’s good.
    yet still no sdcard support .. *sigh*

    • TechDevil

      There’s a valid reason for the lack of an SD-card in the Nexus smartphones, you know… But I also hope the technology in the SD-card improves, so Google can allow it.

      • Balraj

        What valid reason…price factor ? Or we ‘ll get confused where we have put our videos n photos !!

        • TechDevil

          Nexus devices get Android updates as soon as they are released. Android 4.3 has multi-user support, which means that different users have access to different material on the smartphone. The SD-card does not have multi-user support yet, and there would be one hell of a lot to write for the OS to understand how to handle the information when different users request it. SD-cards are just not very good for Nexus devices because of that, and if they had implemented it, it would create problems all over the area. I do hope that in the future we get some kind of external storage slot similar to SD-card, but with functionality that works well with Nexus devices.

          • Ximinez

            And SD card most likely won’t have multi-user support. SD-cards use FAT, which has no ACL support.

            SD-cards are also slow, prone to errors/dislocating and can be removed unexpectedly. None of which are good for the user experience.

          • Balraj

            Oh..Ok ok..I’ll get back to you after doing some research

          • Balraj

            Ok..I just checked,ya that’s the only valid reason.
            But Google can make multiuser only for internal storage n treat sdcard has external right.. like desktop
            It’s possible,i also read that Google might be doing it to force ppl to use its cloud system…

          • Blowntoaster

            or just bump up the device storage to at least 32gb. they did it with the Nexus 7, why not then the Nexus 5. 32/64gb option would make this device sell well.

          • TechDevil

            To be fair, 32GB is a lot of space. I can understand the frustration for music folks like myself who like to have music stored offline, but I have a Nexus 4 with 8GB storage. I have all my apps installed, all my music offline and I still have almost 2GB (1.98) available. When I get Nexus 5, I am certainly going for one with larger space than 8GB, but 32GB and 64GB is actually a damn lot when you think about it.

        • Mayoo

          Reason #1 : Physical space taken by the card
          Reason #2 : MultiUser (Thanks TechDevil)
          Reason #3 : Cloud-based content doesn’t need SD cards
          Reason #4 : Google said Nexus will never have an SD Card (except N1)
          Reason #5 : Security
          Reason #6 : Yes the price … Why buy a 32Gb when you can have a 16Gb + SD Card for cheaper.
          Reason #7 : Yes confusion … People don’t want to search their stuff, they want to have their stuff ready.

          • Balraj

            Then I think only Sammy knows how to managespace they devdevice…I’m not buying any of your reasons

          • AkhilSood

            Thats bullshit. Half the reasons are plain crap.


          • SBaka

            No, because in the future they will charge for cloud usage. Then it will become a major revenue stream. In 2-3 years they will start with wifi in the car.

    • Balraj

      If Apple uses sdcard, Google will follow suit
      Lol..just saying…wish someone could copy Samsung in sdcard lol

      • Justy

        But apple wont follow when google is selling the device at $349.

    • NeedName

      I think. . . that there is also a patent issue in dealing with sdcard that Google doesn’t want to get into with MS. Can’t remember the specifics. . . been a while since I read about it.

      • mikeym0p

        MS owns the rights to FAT32 and licenses it out to others apparently.

  • jc914

    I love my N4, but his will be my next phone!

  • Anon

    Release date!! …Seriously, I’ve been on my GNex for far too long. Far. Too long.

  • Mystery Man

    Hangouts SMS support?

  • CPVideoMaker101

    I feel like android 4.4 is going to be awesome. I would love to get on my iPhone :P I’m sure it would lag on it anyway.

  • Heroicslug

    If its $350 like the last one was, I’m buying the Nexus 5 at launch.

    But what will I do with my Nexus 4? It’s practically new.

    • Kev

      You could sell it or just give it to me ;)

  • barhoomo

    I bought the Nexus 4 last year just for this day. To upgrade to kitkat on Day 1. And don’t wait 4 months to get it :D
    My day has arrived (soon) :D

  • Cuco

    Hope it supports OTG, then can use Meenova MicroSD reader to add storage:

  • Joe

    Hope it supports OTG, then use this Meenova MicroSD Reader to add storage: