Google has finally released the first official images and specs for the next flagship smartphone, the Google Nexus 5. The new phone is the fifth installment to the series, and this one will be running on the Android 4.4 operating system named ‘KitKat’. The phone was revealed at a Google sponsored press-event in San Francisco earlier today (Thursday).
At 5″ the Google Nexus goes on sale today, starting at $349 without a contract for the 16GB version, and $399 for the 32GB version. Customers will have their choice of white, or black models. The phone weighs only 4.59oz, making it one of the slimmest, and lightest phones on the market. Inside customers will find the new Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera received a major upgrade as well, the new Nexus 5 camera lens can actually adjust itself while you move to take a picture. At the event Burke stated, “You don’t have to worry about shaky hands,”. The camera also supports a new HDR+ mode, that both selects and combines multiple shots, selecting the best parts of each picture, to form one optimal picture.
KitKat will be made to work on all Android devices, if you have an Android device and are eager to update, you will get a notification “in the coming weeks,” according to Google. Sundar Pichai, head of Android stated that the new OS will allow application to use fewer resources, the example given was the Chrome browser, it will run using 16% less power in KitKat when compared to the OS JellyBean. Other improvements went to the voice recognition software, and simply saying “OK Google,” starts the program.
Using the Hangouts app, all of your SMS and MMS messages are together with your conversations and video calls. The new Nexus 5 launcher is, “integrated into the phone you carry around with you, so getting to the information you need is simple, easy and fast,” according to Google. “Swipe once from the home screen to get Google Now literally at your fingertips. Put Google to work for you by saying “OK, Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song you want to hear. And in the coming weeks, we’re enhancing Now with important new card types that bring you information about contextual topics that interest you such as updates from a favorite website or blog.”
Going back to reserving resources the company states, “Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.”
As for the hardware on the Google Nexus 5, you can find the 5″ Full HD display, 4G/LTE and wifi. Google talked about the lens stating, “the advanced new lens on Nexus 5 captures more light for brighter night and sharper action shots. And with optical image stabilization, you no longer have to worry about shaky hands and blurry pictures. A new HDR+ mode automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot.”
Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.