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After several restless weeks of waiting, search engine giant Google has reportedly begun rolling out the new Android KitKat update to the 2012 flagship smartphone LG Nexus 4. The new update is reported to include a few additional bugfixes introduced with the original KitKat build.

Being an affiliate of Google, all nexus devices have the privilege of being the first to receive the latest firmware updates among all Android devices. Staying true to that, today 238 MB Android 4.4 KitKat OS has been made available to the LG Nexus 4 via OTA (Over-The-Air). Seems like Google has taken the extra time to eliminate a maximum number of bugs before releasing the latest Android version to their former flagship.

The process is executed in phases, hence Nexus 4 as well as Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models) and Nexus 10 tablet owners in some regions may receive the update in coming days. Surprisingly Android 4.4 KitKat OS has also been pushed out to Google owned Motorola phone Moto X in US.

So did you get the notification? If not don’t be sad update is on the way.

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iphone 5s vs nexus 5

The wait has come to an end and the Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone has gone from rumors to reality bringing with it the latest and greatest Android 4.4 KitKat. On the other side iPhone 5S is the flagship from Apple. You will see lots of comparisons in the coming weeks. Whether you’re in the shipping queue or just planning to buy one of these, vote in our poll and let us know which device do you think is better?

 

 

 

 

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At its event in San Francisco, Google unveiled Android 4.4, the long-awaited KitKat. And it brings some serious changes to Android, and some much-awaited integration among Google services. First thing you will notice is some design tweaks in the UI which make Android cleaner and simpler than ever before. The status and notification bar are now translucent and disappear completely when you’re in a fullscreen app. The Google’s Roboto font has also got new condensed version. The dialer app has been completely re-thought. It will let you search for a person or business through Google’s database even if you don’t have the contact number stored in your contacts. The hangout app has become unified messaging system for Android integrating Google voice, chat and SMS. But these cosmetic changes are just half of the story the real thing is under the hood. Google has taken completely different approach with KitKat. Some of the most amazing features of the latest version are:

Android for Everyone

Android 4.4 is designed to run fast, smooth, and responsively on a much broader range of devices than ever before — including on millions of entry-level devices around the world that have as little as 512MB RAM – Google said on its official blog

KITKAT IS VERY MUCH INTENDED TO SOLVE GOOGLE’S FRAGMENTATION PROBLEMS

With better memory management throughout the OS and new APIs, Google has taken the OS efficiency to new heights. It will also help to deal with the Fragmentation issues of Android.

New NFC Capabilities

With Android 4.4 KitKat developers will be able to emulate your credit cards through Host Card Emulation (HCE), for payments, loyalty programs, card access, transit passes, and other custom services. There is no need for Secure Element to store your information.

Built in Printing Framework

With standard printing framework built at its core Android apps can now print any type of content over Wi-Fi or cloud-hosted services such as Google Cloud Print. In print-enabled apps, users can discover available printers, change paper sizes, choose specific pages to print, and print almost any kind of document, image, or file.

Low Power Sensors for Improved Overall Standby Time

With the new technique called Hardware Sensor Batching, Google has managed to reduce overall power consumption of sensors. According to Google “Sensor batching is ideal for low-power, long-running use-cases such as fitness, location tracking, monitoring, and more. It can makes your app more efficient and it lets you track sensor events continuously — even while the screen is off and the system is asleep.” 

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Android 4.4 also adds platform support for two new composite sensors — step detector and step counter — that let your app track steps when the user is walking, running, or climbing stairs. These new sensors are implemented in hardware for low power consumption.

Framework for Beautiful Apps

Android 4.4 KitKat now supports full screen immersive mode. The System UI will hide when you use any full screen app or Game and it can be brought back with just swiping gesture from top or bottom of the screen. Android 4.4 introduces a new transitions framework to create high-quality animations in your app.

New Multi-Media Powerhouse

Android 4.4 adds support for screen recording and provides a screen recording utility that lets you capture video as you use the device and store it as an MP4 file. It’s a great new way to create walkthroughs and tutorials for your app, testing materials, marketing videos, and much more.

60 HOURS OF AUDIO PLAYBACK

Android 4.4 adds platform support for audio tunneling to a digital signal processor (DSP) in the device chipset for high-performance, lower-power audio playback. Google says the Nexus 5 can play music for up to 60 hours on a charge thanks to a new audio tunneling feature.

There’s plenty more in the full change log. Most of the features will help the developers community to bring us the awesome apps. So what do you think about the features of Android KitKat? Leave your opinion in comments.

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Nexus 5

Google started its Nexus program to show the world what pure Android can do with the powerful hardware. And the most amazing thing about Nexus program is its remarkable price. That’s why Google’s new device, the Nexus 5, has been so much hyped. After countless leaks and rumors the Google’s Nexus 5 is now a reality.

It is available today at the Google Play store. The fully unlocked device, priced at $349 with no contract for the 16GB model. The 32GB version will cost you $399, and both are available in white and black. In India it will be priced at INR 28990 for 16 GB and INR 32999 for 32 GB.

Most of the internals of the device have already been leaked. Under the hood is a 2.2Ghz quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM and an eye popping 4.95-inch 1080p display. It will run the latest version of Android – 4.4 The kitKat. This device will also support wireless charging.

According to Official PR

“Nexus 5 also keeps you connected at blazing speeds with 4G/LTE and ultra fast wifi. The advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot.”

Nexus 5 is available today, unlocked and without a contract, on Google Play in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India).

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There have been rumors about Android 4.4 KitKat launch everyday. We know its coming but there is nothing official yet. There have been several reports about KitKat’s likely features based on leaked screenshots and leaked photos of the Nexus 5 smartphone. But according to “jessicalessin” they have got access to a confidential file that Google shared with the manufacturers to explain the most important new features.

Less Fragmentation

According to the report Google is working hard to deal with the issue of Fragmentation with KitKat. The Android fragmentation makes it difficult for app developers to run the latest versions of their apps across all Android devices. Most of the low end phones are still running on older version of Android. According to the leaked document Android KitKat will work well on low end phones along with flagships.

Android 4.4 KitKat will also be compatible with the already sold low end devices

KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and provides “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices,” such as those that have 512 megabytes of memory, according to the document.

The question remain about whether the wireless carriers will do a good job of pushing software upgrades to existing Android devices that already have been sold?

Future of Wearable

According to recent rumors, after Google Glass, the company is working on SmartWatch.

Support for new range of sensors

According to the leaked document, Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to support three new types of sensors: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. Which could be Android’s way of answering Apple’s inclusion of a dedicated motion processor in its latest iPhone. It will boost the features of forthcoming Google’s Smart Watch and Glass devices. The fitness tracking apps will also get a boost with inclusion of these sensors.

Another Push for NFC

Google is apparently still working on making NFC a bigger deal, and has also worked internally on improving smartphones’ skills controlling your TV and other devices. Till now developers have not been able to fully utilize the potential of NFC. With Android 4.4 KitKat developers will be able to emulate your credit cards without storing your credentials in secure element.

Universal Remote

Google wants your Android device to be a remote control. The next version of Android lets developers build apps that control TVs, tuners, switches and other devices by sending infrared signals.

One standard for all Android devices

But Google’s approach will be different.  Rather than the fragmented approach brought by phone makers including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC Google will try to unify the process of how Android communicate with IR. These companies write different apps to tell their devices to deal with the IR. Now there will be common standard of Android communication with the IR sensor.

Bluetooth Boost

Bluetooth is also rumored to see significant improvements, with Bluetooth HID over GATT and Message Access Profile increasing what Android-running hardware can talk with. Now Android will be able to communicate with Joy Sticks, Keyboards, Entertainment Systems and much more.

We’ll hopefully see these features in the upcoming Nexus 5.

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Nexus 5 Pre Registration

Google is expected to officially announce the Nexus 5 any day now. But this Canadian carrier seems like its tired of waiting. A Canadian Carrier Wind Mobile launched a pre-registration page for Google Nexus 5. The best thing is Wind Mobile also revealed technical specifications of the device. (Nothing to be surprised here).

Nexus 5 hardware details

The internals of the device have already been revealed through the leaked manual in the past. There is only one new design choice here – as per Wind Mobile, Google is going to use ceramic for Nexus 5’s power and volume button. Hopefully it should not be long before Google officially announce it.

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It seems like a never ending wait. If there is one question you are trying to find answer of these days, Its about the release date of most anticipated Nexus 5. First it was rumored to be released in mid October but it turns out to be fake. Then people started decoding of teasers by KitKat and predicted October 28 to be the release date. As we are ready for October 28th, now there is another rumor thanks to Mobilesyrup.

According to the Mobilesyrup the Nexus 5 will release in the US at Google Play on October 31 and by November 8 it will arrive on Canadian carriers (Rogers, Bell, TELUS, Koodo and Virgin). These are still the rumored dates as they are not confirmed either by Google or LG.

Let’s hope by next week, we finally get the real deal and this time around Google is ready with the sufficient stock as people are ready to jump on this new flagship.

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Nexus 10

Take this rumor with a grain of salt. The next-generation Google Nexus 10 press render has leaked thanks to PhoneArena ahead of an official unveiling. An anonymous tipster sent the Nexus 10 2.0 press image to PhoneArena, so it’s not clear whether it’s an authentic render, but if it is, we can expect the next Google 10-inch slate to feature a modified body. From the image, it’s evident that bezels have been reduced compared to its predecessor. With the placement of camera, the device seems to be made in a way to emphasize use in portrait mode

Hopefully, with reduced bezels, the Nexus 10 will have a slimmer and thinner form factor. Google may be doing to the Nexus 10 what Apple has done between generations with the iPad 4 and iPad Air.

The Nexus 10 press image also shows another glimpse at the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat OS, complete with the new Google Hangouts icon and wallpapers. According to recent rumors the Google Nexus 10 2013 will be made by Asus rather than Samsung, who produced the second generation Nexus 7.

The Asus-made Nexus 10 is rumored to have an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. It will support 2560 x 1600p screen with 13 Hours of Battery Life. There was also a tip that the Nexus 10 2 will cost £350, pricing it very competitively against the £399 iPad Air. If true, it sounds like the Nexus 10 franchise is in good hands.

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white nexus 5

When Google Nexus 4 was launched last year, it was available in only black color. The white one was launched later in May.

Recently we saw a leaked official image of Nexus 5 listed in Playstore. But that was Black. Now this leaked render shows a Nexus 5 in pure white. We are not sure about its authenticity but we may not have to wait long as Google is rumored to announce Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 KitKat on October 28th.

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The goal of Android 4.4 KitKat is stated as “to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to be announced by the end of October along with pure blood Nexus 5. The hype cycle is on full swing these days with daily leaks and rumors from different tipsters.

KitKat will be the first new named version of Android in more than a year since Jelly Bean 4.1 was introduced at in the spring of 2012. Previous two update versions 4.2 and 4.3 have both been rolled up in the Jelly Bean moniker. These two versions were nothing to be extremely excited about. They brought us better stability and some minor changes. Now that Google is almost ready to unveil the “K” desert version of Android everyone is expecting a lot. Here are few of the improvements we expect to see with the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat

Better Looking UI

With the release of iOS7, Apple make it look more like Android than ever before, which speaks volumes about how attractive Google’s software is these days. With Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Google has turned Android into one of the best-looking operating systems available and this is because of the efforts of Matias Duarte, who joined the company in 2010 after working at Palm.

There are rumors of changed color scheme, improved notifications and other general UI enhancements. It means that Stock Android is going to look better than ever with 4.4.

Wider Hardware Support

If rumor is to be believed, Google is going to deal with the Android Fragmentation problem with the release of latest version. Android 4.4, which is rumored to have lower specification demands can therefore be installed on older phones and tablets. It’s even been said that devices that missed out on 4.0 and beyond will be able to download 4.4  – but take it wait a pinch of salt.

Better Battery Life

This one feature, that seems to be promised every time, may get delivered with the release of Android 4.4 as it is supposed to make better use of multi-core CPUs and is apparently lightweight on the hardware. That will mean better battery stamina, although this could vary depending on device. One thing’s for certain: Google is working to make Android more efficient and less power-hungry, which has been one of the biggest criticism since day one.

More Project Butter

With the launch of Android 4.1, Google set the default frame rate at 60 fps for UI transitions, known as project butter. It brought the smoothness in UI fixing lag issues. With the launch of Android 4.4 and in the era of much more capable hardware devices Google is believed to take a step forward in the direction of Project Butter to make it more slick & responsive.

Improved Security

Android has a bad reputation when it comes to general security, with many critics citing the prevalence of malevolent apps on the Google Play as a serious cause for concern. Google is clearly aware of this and has recently made it easier to report malicious downloads, but it’s clear that the OS still lags behind the iPhone when it comes to keeping things locked down.

OK Google Now

If you saw the “always listening” feature on the Moto X this summer and wondered if it would be coming to all Android devices soon. May be this wish will be granted by Google with the launch of latest android version. With this feature you don’t need to pick up your device to do various tasks – you just need to say “OK Google Now” and the device will listen to your commands. This killing feature will set Android apart from its competition.

Only Time will tell what we are going to get, but just thinking about it is making us hungry.

 

 

 

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