Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 slated for October




Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 slated for October. The LG Nexus 5 news has been abuzz recently with the latest release of pictures of the device from the FCC and some pretty impressive fan high quality renders. However, Google has remained pretty tight-lipped about the device and also hasn’t mentioned much about their latest version of Android, Kit Kat. A new tip has revealed the release dates for both to be slated for mid-October of this year.

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Android 4.4 and the new LG Nexus 5 could be coming in mid-October. / © Sundar Pichai

Mid-October Release Date

According to a report done by ausdroid.net based on an insider tip, the LG Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat will be released on October 14th. Sure, we’re taking this with a grain of salt at the moment as we’ve been hearing nothing but rumors in regards to this, but the time frame does fit in with previous Google announcements. However, sometimes while wading through those grains of salt, you do find some hidden gems.

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A render of what reddit user Vovicon thinks the LG Nexus 5 will look like./ © Vovicon

Android 4.4 Details

As well, the tipster revealed some details on what some of the supposed changes we’ll see in the next version of Android. These include:

  • Firmware availability for older phones
  • Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
  • Miracast updates
  • New Gallery Visualizations
  • New APIs in regards to animation
  • Changing the Android default palette from blue to other preset colors
  • New notification widget

With the shift away from Android Key Lime Pie and what everyone had thought was the next natural progression to Android, the changes fall into what we would expect out of an incremental update to Android 4.4. One interesting thing to note is the “Firmware availability for older phones” fits in well with some foreshadowing from Google itself on its KitKat Page:

 

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The tagline from the KitKat website. / © Google

As we said above, please take all this with a grain of salt until we receive an official announcement from Google. Until then, let the speculation reign free!