Google's Nexus 5 & KitKat Launches

Nov 1, 2013 • 8:30 am | comments (1) by | Filed Under Other Google Topics

KitKatGoogle announced yesterday the new Google phone, the Nexus 5, plus that they are rolling out Android 4.4, aka KitKat to all Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition and of course, the Nexus 5 (preinstalled).

The 16GB version of the Nexus 5 is already out of stock but you can still get the 32GB version, if you want.

Developers should know Android 4.4 adds many things but here are just a few:

  • A new full-screen immersive mode lets your app or game use every pixel on the screen.
  • The transitions framework makes it easier to animate the states in your UI.
  • Web content can take advantage of a completely new implementation of WebView built on Chromium.
  • New NFC capabilities through Host Card Emulation.
  • A printing framework lets you add the convenience of printing to your apps.
  • A storage access framework to support the use of documents, photos, and other data across local and cloud-based storage services.
  • Low-power sensors including a step detector and step counter.
  • A new high-quality screen recorder that lets you capture of your app directly from your Android device.
  • RenderScript available in the NDK.
  • Improved accessibility support with new system-wide captioning settings.

Here is Google's promo video for the Nexus 5:

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