After being leaked in almost every way possible, Google has finally released the LG Nexus 5 for purchase from the Playstore. For those countries lucky enough to have access to that, orders have already started shipping and we will soon have reviews of the phone. Malaysia is still not one of those lucky countries to have access to purchasing devices directly from the Playstore and will have to wait patiently for LG to bring them in (at inflated prices most probably but here’s to hoping they do not). The LG Nexus 5 is listed at USD349 for the 16GB version while an extra USD50 (USD399) gets you the 32GB version. More after the break.
LG Nexus 5
Those who have been following Android news will not be surprised with the specs in the Nexus 5 as they have already been leaked many times prior. I’m not going to list the specs here as they can be easily found over at GSMArena. Among the more interesting specs is the inclusion of an Optical Image Stabilization camera (which was also leaked).
LG Nexus 5 comes with the newly announced Android 4.4 KitKat on board, replacing Android 4.1-4.3 JellyBean. The AOSP source code for KitKat has already been released and updates to Nexus devices (Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and also Google Play Editions of Galaxy S4 and HTC One) should be incoming over the course of the next few weeks. Unluckily for Galaxy Nexus owners, the device is now being left out from receiving the Android update. As pointed out by many sites, this is ironic as Android 4.4 KitKat comes with optimization that allows it to run on phones with lower end specs and as little as 512MB of RAM. The Galaxy Nexus has 1GB of RAM onboard and has a dual core processor and yet it is left out from the update cycle.
Of course, being able to run on lower spec phones with 512MB of RAM is one thing but how well will it run. That is a question that can only be answered once we see some of those lower end phones running Android 4.4 KitKat.
What’s new in KitKat?
Android 4.4 KitKat comes with better memory management (thus allowing it to be installed and run on devices with as little as 512MB RAM) for one. But what else is new?
KitKat also brings changes to SMS. Where there used to be a default SMS Messaging app, it is now integrated into Hangouts. I view this as a positive as it looks to emulate what Apple had done with its iMessage app that integrates seamlessly with its SMS capability. However, with many other SMS apps out in the Playstore, like GO SMS, I’m not sure how many would stick with Hangouts. Hopefully, it will convince more people to start using Hangouts instead of other chat options like Whatsapp. Personally, I do prefer Hangouts as the messages sent can be viewed on a PC (any PC really, as long as I login to Google+ or Gmail) and also on my phone.
There are many other changes and I encourage you to visit AndroidPolice for a detailed coverage of all the features of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Has your Nexus device received Android 4.4 KitKat yet?