Google Nexus 5 and Android KitKat are finally here

android-kit-katGoogle had a special announcement for Halloween. It has officially launched Nexus 5 along with Android 4.4 KitKat. Google says that Android is the operating system that powers over 1 Bn smartphones and tablets, and with KitKat it aims to reach another 1 Bn.

Although Android is being used by so many people across the globe, its outdated versions such as Gingerbread are prevalent due to mobile hardware limitations. In order to take care of this disparity, Google has made KitKat really light. The new version could smoothly run on 512MB of RAM devices that are common around the world. Thus, making the best of Android available to everybody.

Mobile personal assistant, Google Now, has been enhanced to have better efficiency. Users could directly use the voice interface without touching the screen for options on Google Now.

The UI has been redesigned. With the new immersive mode, one can full screen the task/app they are working on for a better experience, and swipe the screen to get the navigation buttons back.

Google has also integrated some features that are already available in some vendor UI like prioritising call list based on the most contacted people. And a useful feature like TrueCaller, where if a non-contact is calling a person then the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

Another new feature in this version on Android is that it has integrated the SMS and MMS messages with Google Hangouts itself, so that all messages from a person may appear together. This comes along with availability of Emoji on Google Keyboard.

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Moving on to Nexus 5. The phone is being manufactured by LG, just like Nexus 4. It has a 5 inch full HD display and 8MP rear camera with optical image stabilisation. Google is particularly emphasizing on the high quality images that this phone produces as compared to its predecessor.

It has a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, which is coupled with the Adreno 330 GPU and a 2GB RAM.

Nexus 5 is available on Google Play in US, Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and Korea (and coming soon to India), starting at USD 349 (INR 28,999 for India)

And as for Android KitKat, it is available on Nexus 5, will be soon available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices.

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