It’s Official: Nexus 5 And Android 4.4 KitKat Are Here

Skye Hudson 01-11-2013

The Nexus 5 is now on sale in the Google Play Store unlocked for $349 (16GB) or $399 (32GB) in both black and white, and it’s running the brand new Android 4.4 KitKat, which will also be rolling out to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices “in the coming weeks.”


Built by LG, the Nexus 5 has a soft-touch backing much like the Nexus 7, and it measures 8.59mm thin and 130g in weight, making it just slightly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Nexus 4. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with an Adreno 330 for graphics, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display made of Gorilla Glass 3, a non-removable 2300mAh battery, 4G LTE support, and an 8MP rear-facing camera with Optical Image Stabilization.


As for the software, a slew of changes are in store for Android users this time around — far more than were announced with Android 4.3. For starters, the default launcher is now called Google Experience, and it allows for the user to begin a search at anytime by saying “OK, Google.”

The navigation and status bars are now transparent, allowing your wallpaper and apps to take up the whole screen, and books and movies now automatically display in full screen. RAM usage has been greatly improved, according to Google, allowing for much faster multitasking and the ability for 4.4 to run on low-end devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. And the phone app has been updated to include better caller ID and prioritized contacts.

Android 4.4 is so chock full of new features that you should visit the official website for all the details.


What do you think of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4? Are they everything you hoped they would be, or are you disappointed? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Google Blog

Related topics: Android Tablet, Google Play.

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  1. Arxadius S
    November 4, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Not sure whether to update or upgrade. Might wait till I can purchase it in my country.

  2. Tim B
    November 2, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Love this phone at this price. Another great Nexus device from Google means less bloatware and reliable OS updates.

  3. nour
    November 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

    try to bought it but this message keep apearing :(:
    Secure and Safe

    Uh oh. There was a problem.

    We couldn't start your purchase because of a technical issue.
    Details of the problem below:
    Sorry, we were unable to process this request. Any charge will be automatically cancelled within 24 hours. Please try again after 24 hours.
    131102 02:14:02-0600 RQJ6IA
    any idea???

  4. Don
    November 1, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    This brings nothing new like the iPhone. Only company innovating is Nokia. I am switching to Windows Phone this Christmas.

    • ShadyGuy
      November 2, 2013 at 11:50 am

      you dumb fool?? Much faster internals, 4G LTE, Streamlined and overhauled OS, what drugs you on kid?

    • ShadyGuy
      November 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Nokia aint innovating shit man.

  5. Steve Costello
    November 1, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    If bought through Google Play unlocked, can it be used with my Sprint service to replace my Galaxy II?

    • Paul Werner
      November 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

      I read online that it's compatible with the Sprint Network even if you purchase it via Google Play

  6. Azamat E
    November 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Nice! And the price is beautiful! Keep up Google.
    Cant wait to get the KitKat update for my Nexus 4...