Android 4.4 and Nexus 5 to be announced on October 14th?
Following a shameful reveal of the Nexus 5 that Google should have keeping secret against all odds, a rumor suggests the search giant will unveil the latest Nexus flagship along with Android 4.4 KitKat on October 14.
An anonymous source tipped off the folks over at AusDroid, though it should all be taken with the customary pinch of salt at this point. However, an October unveil, followed by a launch in November, doesn’t sound the least bit far-fetched, as that’s the schedule Google followed with the Nexus 4 as well, which is currently the best phone you can buy for $200.
The tipster also advises that the phone in the leaked KitKat statue raising video is indeed the ‘Nexus 5,’ though that’s something which is all but confirmed thanks to the plethora of leaks in the past couple of days. But more importantly, the tipster has also sent in a list of features that should be part of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Here’s what the chocolate-themed version of Android will reportedly include:
- Firmware availability to older phones
- Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
- Miracast updates
- New Gallery Visualisation
- New APIs regarding animations
- Change Android default blue to other preset palette colours
- New notification widgets
It’s unclear what the first feature on that list means, though it falls in line with the teaser “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody” on the Android KitKat site. It’s possible Google is hinting that more and more parts of the OS will be detached and made available via the Play Store (like it’s done with the stock Android keyboard, calendar, etc.), as there’s no way manufacturers will be joining hands with Google to push out 4.4 to older, especially non-flagship, devices.
We could go on speculating all day about what it all means, but again, right now it’s better to be wary of any rumors that show up without concrete evidence backing them up. The Nexus 5 is surely coming, and we’ll just wait patiently for Google to start making some official statements.