Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 tipped for October 15th release, leaked screenshots show built-in NFC payment option
Google seems to be having a harder time keeping the eagerly awaited Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat under wraps with each passing day, as more screenshots from the two have surfaced online.
The screenshots show an interesting new option called “Tap & pay” in the settings menu. Google recently removed NFC from its Wallet app, and it looks like we now know the reason behind that – the option to make payments via NFC will be built into the OS now, which should also give manufacturers a chance to design their own payment apps and services on top.
Another new feature seen in the screenshots is advanced location settings. The Location access option has been renamed to Location, and users can now select between different location reporting modes – High accuracy (GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network), Battery saving (Wi-Fi and mobile networks), Device sensors only (GPS). Also debuting on Android 4.4 is the option to check what apps and services have recently accessed location, an option that is present in Android 4.3 but hidden.
Now, when can we expect Google to unveil the Nexus 5 and the latest iteration of its popular operating system? Well, October 14th was a date that has been rumored before, but according to developers coming from attending Google’s Launchpad developer program, the announcements will be made on October 15th instead. The pricing will apparently not cross $300 for the base model, similar to the Nexus 4.
However, it seems a bit unlikely that will happen – Google is yet to send out any press invites, and it would be odd if it simply made online announcements and left it at that. Even if they do that, keep in mind that October 15th isn’t the launch date, so it might be a while before we see the Nexus 5 become available for sale, and even longer before Android 4.4 rolls out to existing devices.