Report: Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat to launch Oct 15

Google's Nexus 5 may well be one of the most greatly anticipated devices of the year, and after a series of leaks revealed almost everything we could hope to learn about the device without actually using it, it's not hard to understand why. 

The device will be the first to launch with the latest version of Android, 4.4 'KitKat', and was spotted running the updated OS just a few weeks ago. CNET reports that the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 will finally emerge from the shadows and into the spotlight next week. The exact date is believed to be October 15, based on murmurings and "whispers around the campfire" from the Google Launchpad event for start-ups, at which it seems that a few loose lips may have said more than they should. 

Amusingly, it seems that Google not only lavished attendees at the event with KitKat bars, as you might expect, but also served generous helpings of key lime pie - a reference to what was expected to be the name for the 4.4 update before Google settled on the KitKat moniker. 

The Nexus 5 - which is being built by LG - is expected to feature a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM, up to 32GB of storage and a 4.95-inch 1080p display, along with integrated wireless charging. Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of the device could be its price, with some suggesting that it could cost as little as $299

The rumoured October 15 launch date is broadly in line with previous reports, which have also suggested that the device will begin shipping before the end of this month

Source: CNET | image via Android Police

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boo_star said,
I just want my 64bit processor and a fingerprint scanner.

#ididntcopyapplehonest


Considering the fact that of the two, an Android phone was the first with a fingerprint scanner I don't see how you could say that any other android device doing it would be copying....

SharpGreen said,

Considering the fact that of the two, an Android phone was the first with a fingerprint scanner I don't see how you could say that any other android device doing it would be copying....

It's not the fact who was the first, but who did it right!

Key Lime Pie is the future Android 5.0 and it is in the works. KitKat doesn't replace Key Lime Pie, as the article suggests. Basically, Key Lime Pie was not ready for Nexus 5 release and they postponed it a bit, releasing Android 4.4 as an interim.

Mortis said,
Key Lime Pie is the future Android 5.0 and it is in the works. KitKat doesn't replace Key Lime Pie, as the article suggests. Basically, Key Lime Pie was not ready for Nexus 5 release and they postponed it a bit, releasing Android 4.4 as an interim.

No. Next version will start with a L. Please don't make stuff up.

Mortis said,
Key Lime Pie is the future Android 5.0 and it is in the works. KitKat doesn't replace Key Lime Pie, as the article suggests. Basically, Key Lime Pie was not ready for Nexus 5 release and they postponed it a bit, releasing Android 4.4 as an interim.

Actually Key Lime Pie and KitKat are the same thing as far as Android versions are concerned.

OK, you're right, next version will not be named "Key Lime Pie", obviously. Based on previous Android names, it should start with a L. What I wanted to say is that KitKat/4.4 is just an interim version before the next BIG version (5.0), that promises a revised UI. Until recently, the codename for 5.0 was "Key Lime Pie", but it's obviously it will have another moniker.

Mortis said,
OK, you're right, next version will not be named "Key Lime Pie", obviously. Based on previous Android names, it should start with a L. What I wanted to say is that KitKat/4.4 is just an interim version before the next BIG version (5.0), that promises a revised UI. Until recently, the codename for 5.0 was "Key Lime Pie", but it's obviously it will have another moniker.

Actually no the media assigned the KLP name to an as yet not-existent Android 5. Also from what I'm seeing of 4.4 its the one with the revised UI.

I'm sure the Nexus 5 going to be a great Nexus, but what I really want to see is the next Nexus 10 and Android KitKat 4.4.

Excellent! More junk for those who collect junk! Everyone knows that the Nexus name means junk. If it meant excellence Samsung would not have it's death grip on Android.

NeoPogo said,
Excellent! More junk for those who collect junk! Everyone knows that the Nexus name means junk. If it meant excellence Samsung would not have it's death grip on Android.

Are you high?

Im sure the low cost version will be available to all carriers EXCEPT Verizon. I know its a different network but why can't both versions be made available at the same price..

I'm so looking forward for this. Will need to order one from US. I hope Google has sufficient stock. I hope the camera is good. In past, almost all Google phones had **** camera. I'm also surprised that Google has decided to stick with 2Gb instead of 3GB ram. This makes me confident that anyone who picks a phone with 2Gigs should be somewhat future proof for next one year easily.

Edited by StandingInAlley, Oct 11 2013, 2:47pm :

I always figured the battery life on Nexus 4 was awesome, especially for all what I do on it.
I only charge it at night when I go to bed, and even then it's usually still at half charge.
And I'm on it steady all day, listening to music always, plus browsing the web, watching porn or Youtube vids, reading Facebook and chatting.
Sure highend games will use up the battery faster, but I would expect that, but even then, the amount of hours gaming is still great really.

I want to get the Nexus 5 but I'm waiting to see if KitKat really will offer better battery life, as thats the only failing on my Nexus 4.

You are aware that Nestle partnered with Google on this:

Update: A Nestle press release has confirmed that while no money was in fact involved in the decision, the makers of KitKat will embrace the partnership, with competitions and limited edition Android shaped KitKats as prizes. There will be specially branded packaging in 19 countries including the US, the UK, Australia and Germany. Patrice Bula, Nestlé's Head of Marketing commented:

We're excited to announce this partnership with Android, the world's most popular mobile platform, which will help us to enable even more KitKat fans to enjoy their break.


http://mail.neowin.net/news/th...t-version-of-android-kitkat

The only thing I'm wondering is this : what are they going to do when they reach the 7th generation of the Nexus phone? There's already a Nexus 7.
Wireless charging. Is it Qi like the Lumias or is it some other standard?

No, it's based on size, with the Nexus 5 closer to 5" whereas the 4 was smaller of course.

more to the point, will they ever make a Nexus-6 - from which the whole Android naming convention was based upon, is that the holy grail?

I have Nexus 4 now and i am really considering switching to Nexus 5 just because the battery life on my Nexus 4 is terrible! Besides that i love the phone.

In most cases the new revision of a phone will have improvements across the board. Can't say if the same will happen for the N5 but I suggest waiting to see personally. We all know someone will do a comparison.

Lamp Post said,
What's your reasoning for thinking that the Nexus 5 is going to have better battery life?

New version is usually better but i cant know for sure of course. I will wait and see what happens when it will be released.

Have you tried checking which background apps consume battery energy? There are some like facebook that milk the phone like a cow, resulting in constant radio connections.

Ye, it's not special app really. I bought a new battery and i want to try and switch it and see if maybe it's just my battery that is screwed.

Have you rooted it? If not, then I suggest that you do. You can flash a battery optimised kernel fork of Franco for example, use Greenify to hibernate power hungry apps and a few other things. I get about 2 days and that too on 3G.

I didnt and i dont think i want to do it.
As i said, i want to try a new battery first and see how it goes. Then i'll decide what to do.

Just bought a nexus 4 last week , the battery is the best on any smart phone I've got so far, that said they do have a tendency to deteriorate after a time

V-Tech said,
I have Nexus 4 now and i am really considering switching to Nexus 5 just because the battery life on my Nexus 4 is terrible! Besides that i love the phone.

Deactivate giving away your location to apps, i heard that was the bug that killed it.

I have at least 4 people that work with me that are going to jump all over this phone the second it's on Google Play! This thing is going to be so hard to get, the N4 was just the start!