Nexus 5 design, Android 4.4 KitKat features detailed in new photo leak; LG-D821 gets second Bluetooth SIG sighting

by: Chris SmithOctober 11, 2013

Nexus 5 leak

New photos allegedly showing the Nexus 5 running an Android 4.4 KitKat version have hit the web, while the LG-D821 handset has received certification from the Bluetooth SIG… again.

Second Bluetooth SIG sighting

We have already seen the LG-D821 hitting the Bluetooth SIG in early September, at a time it wasn’t really clear whether this was a Nexus smartphone or not. Meanwhile, we’re very much convinced this is the next Nexus handset made by LG.

Nexus 5 Bluetooth SIG

But, for some reason, the same device has been again spotted at the Bluetooth SIG, this time with an October 11 list date – previously it had a September 5 listing (see the Source links below).

Nexus 5 Bluetooth SIG

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat pictures

Moving on to the more interesting part, we’ll tell you that we’re looking at new alleged images of the Nexus 5. As you can see in the following pictures, the camera and speaker placement on this handset coincide with previous Nexus 5 leaks, so we’re certainly looking at the next-gen Nexus handset – the device may be called Nexus 4 (2013) according to some recent speculation, although that’s yet to be determined.


The pictures have been published by Tutto Android, which received them from an unnamed tipster. According to the publication, the device is running Android 4.4 build KRS92B (Kernel 3.4.0), although the firmware is not the final version.

We will note that it certainly looks like this is a newer build than what we’ve seen before (KRS74H was one of the most recent Android 4.4 KitKat we’ve talked about), and should have a late September date. The on screen date though appears to be October 11.

Interestingly, the publication is not actually showing the About phone screen in the pictures it has published.

Nexus 5 design

The tipster has apparently confirmed that the Nexus 5 leaks that detailed specs and phone design were accurate, further adding that the phone is slightly bigger than its predecessor, but not heavier. Here’s an adapted Google translated quote:

It’s very light, usually something “bigger” also weighs more, but this Nexus doesn’t, and is slightly higher than the Nexus 4. The design is identical to the leak and specifications are confirmed. The rear part is rubber type.

A clear image showing the handset’s front panel is not yet available, and the one below has been significantly altered, probably to protect the identity of the tipster.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

However, he or she did say the display appears to offer an overall better performance, with “vivid” colors and increased brightness.

The phone will reportedly have better audio as well, thanks to its dual stereo speakers.

Android 4.4 KitKat features

The new images confirm some of the features presented in previous reports, but also reveal other features that haven’t been seen before for the Lock screen, Launcher, App Drawer, Google Now, Google Hangouts, Boot screen and camera.

When it comes to the whole Android 4.4 KitKat experience, the tipster revealed that the Nexus 5 is even faster than its predecessor thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM.

Lock screen, Boot animation and Wallpaper

The notifications bar has the same white icons we’ve seen in previous pictures (albeit they’re blurred in some of these pictures), and Tutto Android says that there are no themes for the user to choose from – this was a rumored feature for the OS.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

Interestingly, the notifications bar appears to be transparent on the lock screen, and there’s a camera icon in the lower right corner that can be used to start the camera app by swiping to the left. Swiping to the left from anywhere on the right side of the screen will also trigger the camera app.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

As for the Boot animation, the Nexus 5 will apparently share the same animation with the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

Naturally, since this is a new Nexus handsets, new Wallpapers, as seen in these images, are to be expected.

Launcher and App Drawer

The App Drawer icon has been changed. Instead of having a white border, the icon now has a borderless, round, transparent background. Furthermore, the line dividing the app shortcuts section of the screen from the rest of the screen is now gone.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

The notifications bar is still transparent, and the same goes for the menu buttons, which also have a transparent background – both of them have a dark gradient that creates an interesting transition effect from the screen to the bezel of the phone. This design choice would explain why the transparent background is not obvious when looking at all those leaked images showing the phone’s Settings.

It’s worth pointing out though, that images showing an app in action aren’t available, so we have no idea how the notifications bar and menu buttons will look like inside an app.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

For what it’s worth, he phone icon also seems to have a flatter design.

As for the App Drawer (above), you’ll also notice that it has a transparent background instead of a dark one, and that it has a 5 x 4 icon grid instead of the 5 x 5 found on the Nexus 4 – the publication says the icons appear to be bigger than on the Nexus 4.

The Drive and Keep app also seem to be present, just as a previous leak has suggested.

Google Now and Google Search

Google Now and Google Search have apparently been also updated in Android 4.4 KitKat, with Tutto Android suggesting that Android 4.4 comes with “always listening” features, just like the Moto X. Here’s what the tipster had to say about the search apps:

Google Now is much more responsive. Just simply say “Ok Google” within Google Now to make a new search. Google Now is accessible in two ways: the first is the classic swipe upward from the navigation bar, the second is through one swipe to left starting with the last home screen on the left.

Instead, Google Search [can be launched] by saying “Ok Google” directly from the home screen.

Google Hangouts

Android 4.4 will apparently bring SMS support to Google Hangouts, as previously rumored, but while SMS settings were present in the app, the tipster couldn’t test the SMS functionality.

Unlike in the previous photo leak, the Messaging app icon isn’t present and seems to be replaced by the Hangouts icon – however, the app could simply be placed on the second screen in the image above.


The camera seems to have some image stabilizing features, although it’s not clear whether the Nexus 5 will indeed have optical image stabilization, or whether everything its done at the software level.


A Tap & pay menu in the phone’s Settings is present, which will apparently let you complete NFC payments from the phone.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

Furthermore, the new Location settings we have seen the other day also seem to be confirmed, as the new images show exactly the same new options.

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A Print Cloud feature is apparently also available in Settings, which seems to confirm the new printing features that were spotted in a different set of leaked Android 4.4 KitKat images a few days ago.

The publication says that the design of the Settings menu has remained unchanged, which appears to be also the case for the Quick Settings.

Wrap up

As you can see, the closer we get to the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 announcements – currently, October 15 is said to be the announcement date for both products, although we have our reservations – the more and more leaks we see, with some of them apparently confirming what previous ones have said.

Nexus 5 - Android 4.4 KitKat

We’ll be back with more details about the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 as soon as we have them.

  • a

    Excited :D

    • Luka Mlinar

      • Brian Shieh

        If this beast beats all the other phones on the market….WOW

  • Peter HJ

    Looks good!

  • William Larsson

    that looks amazing! :D

  • Twerk Master

    This is the real deal! :)

  • jiggs82

    That phone icon is hideous!!! Lol other than that looks good Google!

  • Wreck me

    What are the two covered icons?

  • pedmart

    Very nice. I just wished it had the TV remote IR and app to go with it. It makes the SG4, HTC One and the LG G2 such a great device at home.

  • Aniruddh

    I just hope it comes with an IR. Love playing around with the one on my mom’s Note 3, really handy cos I’ve lost the remote of one my set top boxes. I don’t need to replace my TV Remote batteries any more :D

  • marhensa

    hope that per-app color for navbar+statusbar is true!!

  • mekmar

    Hmm, camera icon’s placement on the lock screen seems very iOS like. I don’t think, something like that was there in the previous versions… That makes me a little bit suspicious about the whole set. Otherwise? Count me as excited :P

    • Techpm

      That Camera icon is exactly the same the as iOS! It’s not just the placement.

      • mekmar

        My point exactly. It really brakes credibility of those images in my eyes. And, on a good site, Google may really surprise us, because quality of all leaks to this day seem very low and incredible. So, surprise it’ll be :)

        • RaiDei

          It’s not the iOS camera icon. Yes, its similar, but Android actually used it first. It’s present on my Nexus 4 and has been since launch. You can see it in the Gallery app.

          • mekmar

            OK, there is a little difference. But the argument of weird placement stands. :( still don’t see it as legit…

      • Apple_Nexus

        It does look very similar, but it’s not the same.

  • Rijoenpial

    All I want to know right now is if the Kitkat will work on the Galaxy Nexus… That is the only information I need right now… :-(

    • Nathan Powell

      They said their goal is to make Kit Kat more accessible to more phones, so it’s more likely than previous

    • turdbogls

      same here. pretty confident our Dev’s will help us out on that one though.

  • Conor Most

    If this really is Kit Kat, I’m so stoked! Google has done an absolutely fantastic job of polishing up the already stellar Android UI. I can’t wait! :D

    • MasterMuffin

      Transparency is the thing this year ;)

    • Junaid Ansari

      I know. Plus I see the new all transparent Nav and Status bar into the Original ROM. Good to see that implemented with the unified look :D

  • Sapero

    Anybody else noticed that gallery seems to be replaced with Google photos? If app drawer sorts apps alphabetically, then the gallery app should be before gmail, but there is none, soo…

    • sluflyer06

      Google photos already exists on 4.3. I’ve got it on my Nexus7

      • turdbogls

        right, but you still have a “gallery” app. this suggests that the gallery is being replaced by “google photos” so you will have your local photos stored in there as well.
        not too fond of that as i think the UI isn’t great in teh G+ photos app….hopefully they work on that a little bit.

    • kakareo

      why is there an empty space on the app drawer? it looks like is missing 2 apps

  • Rayan

    Doesn’t it look SEXY ?? :D

  • Oli72

    it looks awesome.

  • thartist

    Not so excited… After a minute to think about it, the interface tweak seems much cooler than the rest of the features.

    But again; New device hardware + 4.4 novelty + catching up to the latest, with a guarantee to stay always updated, and getting all the OS features from versions your device didn’t receive: PRICELESS.

    I’m sold.

    • MasterMuffin

      Not so excited but absolutely sold?

      • thartist

        Yep, it’s not so much by KitKat itself ALONE, but for the whole Nexus 5 combo

  • Grman Rodriguez

    The only thing I’m not sold on is the app drawer icon, looks like it came out of an ugly Go Launcher theme. Everything else is fantastic, I might not even install a Launcher ever again

  • Tuấn Ankh

    According to the wallpaper, this will be called the Nexus 5 and not Nexus 4 2013.
    Unless the wallpaper is fake.

    It’s just like what Google did with Nexus 7 2013. The number is right in the wallpaper. You know which one I’m talking about right? :D

    • Grman Rodriguez

      Oooh nice one!

    • Brian Shieh

      I always thought it was like a 7 on the N7, but wasn’t sure. Thank’s for pointing it out. :)

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Hey guys can you give me a link to the source? I’d like to read it all

  • iamtravis182

    Looks awesome. Let’s just hope they’re in the ballpark of the Nexus 4 pricing, and I’ll have this bad boy on Straight Talk for $45 a month ;)

  • akshay jain

    Mark my words….
    Android 4.4 to be unveiled on September 27 2013

    • Chris Gates

      But it’s already October.

    • D’Ander McSullivan


  • Laurențiu Selei

    finally, I like the actionbar without the blue line

  • Sudeepto Dutta

    The wallpaper on the phone is telling us that this phone may be called Nexus 5 :)

  • akshay jain

    35 days to go!!!!!!!
    For android 4.4!!!!!
    That’s when the kitkat competition ends in India.

  • Mystery Man

    The leaker was a cartoon character?

  • Mic

    dat dialer icon…

  • I just hope Google isn’t teasing us with all these leaks! It’s kill me!!!

  • Zach Mauch

    My question, what are the Apps covered up in the App drawer? They exist between Google+ and Hangouts. Consequently, we must assume they are alphabetical between those two names.

    So the names of the two apps likely Start with G and aren’t google. Rather a word that would come after “google”. Something like GTV? Who knows. Interesting to see what it will be.

  • Ben Edwards

    If this is legit, I’m definitely getting an N5. Fingers crossed for a 64GB offering, but 32GB will do (wouldn’t 128GB be amazing?!).

  • valbjarne

    Looks like a phone for children with new icons and that “tap and pay”for sure all finkelstein goldstein etc will see instant who you are what you think and so on!Bye bye G(masonry).

  • Brendon Brown

    I hope that unlike the Nexus 4 that the Nexus 5 comes to South Africa :(