Saturday, October 12, 2013

Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 photos reveal some major changes

Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 photos reveal some major changes

Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 photos reveal some major changes

A new series of leaked Nexus 5 photos traveled all the way from Italy today to reveal some of the aesthetic and functional changes coming in Android 4.4: KitKat.

The LG-made Nexus 5 appears to be running the new Android update in images from Italian site Tutto Android, and it looks like the OS has been rewor ked to make Google Now more prominent and reduce clutter.

The black bars Android users are used to seeing at the top of the screen (for notifications) and the bottom (for capacitive buttons on phones like the HTC One) now reportedly fade into the background or become more transparent when not in use, for one thing.

And the icons, wallpapers and lockscreen have all been overhauled to varying degrees, by and large becoming more colorful and flat, not unlike the recent changes in Apple's iOS 7.

Peas in a pod

The Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 have been closely tied together since the new LG flagship appeared in a commercial for Google's latest OS update.

Leaks of the new Nexus with the new OS version installed appeared throughout September as well.

They're expected to release at the same time, possibly even very soon.

More changes

Today's leak revealed changes in the way settings are organized as well.

There now appear to be three options for location detection: "device sensors," which uses just the GPS sensor; "battery saving," which uses just wi-fi and mobile data; and "high accuracy," which uses all three.

In addition, NFC is more promine nt in the settings menu with a "tap & pay" option front and center. That could indicate a greater focus on Google Wallet coming up.

Finally, the Android Messaging app is conspicuously absent in the homescreen shot, though Google Hangouts is prominent - which lends credence to the idea of SMS and MMS being folded into Hangouts like Google Talk just was.


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