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