Google officially announces the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat


Nexus 5

After months of leaks Google finally decided to officially unveil the long-awaited Nexus 5 powered by the brand new Android 4.4 KitKat!

Just like we all knew it the Nexus 5 is 5-incher powered by a speedy Snapdragon 800 SoC featuring 4 Krait 400 cores ticking at 2.26GHz coupled by the Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM and a 2300 mAh battery. Connectivity features include penta-band 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, A-GPS and NFC. The Nexus 5 is made by LG ,and internally seems very similar to the G2, aside from a smaller battery and camera.

On the rear, there’s an 8MP snapper with OIS and LED flash. One of the key features in the Nexus 5 is something Google calls HDR+. It’s a pretty standard HDR feature — silently using a burst mode to take a bunch of photos and composite them together.

Most importantly, the Nexus 5 comes bundled with Android 4.4 KitKat which brings along several improvements under the hood. The latter has been internally optimized to run on low-end handsets. Google also announced that core Android Play services were optimized to use less memory.

The Nexus 5 is available from the Play Store at a base price of $349 for the 16GB version while the 32GB variant will sell for $399. Users from U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea can already order the Nexus 5. The smartphone will soon be available at the following retailers and carriers: Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack.

Google also states that Android 4.4 KitKat will hit current Nexus devices in the coming weeks. Fingers crossed for a better experience this time!

via Google Blog