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Google launches Android 4.4 Kitkat and the Nexus 5

Posted on 10/31/2013 by A.A.I

Just in time for Halloween. Android 4.4 KitKat is here!

Voice recognition.
In 4.4 you'll be able to wake up your Nexus 5 and search or issue voice commands. By saying "Ok Google".  Voice search has been improved, allowing you to further clarify what you mean by way of conversation with your phone.  Google promises it's already excellent speech recognition will now have 25 percent less word errors.

Immersive mode
When playing games, movies or listening to music android now lets that experience take center stage. It will automatically hide everything else on the screen. You simply swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons.

Faster Multitasking
In Android 4.4 system performance is revved up by optimizing memory and improving the touchscreen. Making it respond faster.

Google Smarts 

  • Prioritized Contacts
  • Smart Caller ID - matches unknown numbers with businesses with a local listing on Google Maps. 
  • Hangouts app - all sms and mms messages together alongside your conversations and video calls.
  • Emoji everywhere - now available directly from the Google keyboard.
  • Print wherever, whenever.  print to any printer connected to google cloud print or HP eprint

Project Svelte

One of the most important features of this new version of Android comes in the form of Project Svelte.
The project focuses on reducing memory requirements and allowing later versions of android to operate on older devices. The project aims to bring even "entry level" devices in on all the latest android has to offer. This would include even those devices with as little as 512MB RAM.

Additional features
Bluetooth MAP support
Chromecast support
Chrome we view
Closed Captioning
Device management
Easy home screen switching
Full screen wallpapers with preview
HDR+ photography
infrared blasting

location modes and monitoring
low-power audio playback
Music and movie seeking from lock screen
Secure app sandboxes
Step counting built-in
Improved NFC payments

No more rumors, no more teasing leaks.  The Nexus 5 is here!

  • 4.95" 1080p display 445ppi
  • Full HD IPS
  • Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB and 32GB storgae
  • 8MP  rear-facing camera with OIS (optical image stabilization) 1MP front-facing
  • 2300mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities
  • 4G/LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 802.11ac Wifi
  • NFC
The Nexus 5 will be carried by AT&T, T-mobile and Sprint in th near future.  Leaving Verizon customers to miss out.  The device is available unlocked on Google Play. Two Nexus 5 models will be offered, a North American version with CDMA support, 7-band WCDMA and 9-band LTE, and an international version with 6-band WCDMA and 6-band LTE. The 16GB version runs $349 and the 32GB version is $399.

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