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Google Nexus 5 And Android KitKat Rumours - 16 Oct 2013
Since the release of the iPhones 5S and 5C eyes have turned to Google in anticipation of the release of not only the new Nexus 5, but also the latest version of Android, KitKat. It now appears that the two are closely related, with various sources claiming that the phone will be released with the new operating system pre-installed. We wanted to round up the rumours on both of these subjects to give you a clear picture of what to expect from Google’s iPhone and iOS7 competitors.
Google’s Nexus 5
The Nexus 5 is rumoured to have a number of upgrades, resulting in a smartphone that’s faster, and gives users more functionality and abilities.
The first rumour I want to point out, (the one that’s probably the best), is that several sources said to be close to Google have stated that the Nexus 5 will retail for half the price of an iPhone 5S. This would put the price at around the £100-£400 mark, depending on what kind of storage and contract you’re after. The Nexus 5 is rumoured to come in both 16GB and 32GB versions, but no word has yet been said on a 64GB version, which is one downside if you’re someone that needs that much space on their smartphone.
In addition to 2GB RAM, the Nexus 5 will also use a Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz quad-core processor. The Snapdragon 800 is commonly used in Android smartphones because of its power and functionality, there’s even an always-listening voice command option that Google could be taking advantage of in the Nexus 5.
The Nexus 5 will have one of the largest smartphone screens available on the market at release, with a 4.95 inch 1080p display. This new display compliments the new 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera, almost matching the iPhone5S for its camera specifications.
Google are also rumoured to have used Bluetooth 4.0 in the Nexus 5, the latest version of the technology. Above all else, the improvements made to Bluetooth 4.0 provide better connectivity and improved energy efficiency, probably the most important considerations for anyone buying a smartphone. The Nexus 5 hopefully won’t struggle with power though, given that it will now be running on a more powerful 2300mAH battery, compared with the 2100mAH battery used in the previous model, though some have said the new hardware will bring the battery life down almost to the level of the Nexus 4 if Google isn’t careful.
As if rumours of the Nexus 5 weren’t exciting enough, there’s also a new update for Android on its way. The latest update for Android, KitKat, was thought to be a renamed version of Key Lime Pie, the name of what was thought to be the latest Android update. Features of Key Lime Pie have appeared in screenshots of KitKat, but this update to Android has now been abandoned, with Google entering into a relationship with Nestlé and naming their operating system after a specific chocolate bar for the first time ever. Pictures of the promotional Android KitKats and the KitKat Android statue are great fun to look at, but what’s new with this Android update?
Rumours state that KitKat is in fact, a very minor update to the Android operating system, offering users a better-looking interface, with folders now displaying a background instead of simply being black. As with any update, apps will work faster for a time and you’ll be able to do more with your device, but the bigger changes will be coming in a future Android update. There isn’t currently a name for the Android update after KitKat, but it’s that one you want to keep an eye out for, as it’s set to include more changes and improvements.
This slightly disheartening news about KitKat comes with a silver lining. I mentioned before that the Nexus 5 will come with KitKat pre-installed, but the really exciting part is that the two will launch on the same day, supposedly. The launch date for KitKat and the Nexus 5 seems to be imminent, with many sources stating a release date of the 15th of October, but obviously that never happened. Apple were supposed to host an event dedicated to the iPad range around this time as well, but the event has since been pushed to October 22nd, which could be the reason we’ve not heard anything from Google on its latest smartphone yet, as they wait to announce the Nexus 5, Android KitKat, and the Nexus 10 2 alongside any iPad news in the hopes of overshadowing it.