Nexus 5 recently hit the headlines after some mysterious FCC filings were spotted by the Android geeks all over the world and while those leaks did confirm a lot of things, the golden question still remains unanswered; the announcement date for Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat.
Thanks to an anonymous tip received by the folks over at Ausdroid, it seems that our thirst for knowing the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat announcement date might finally be satisfied. The tipped date which these folks are taking “with a large grain of salt” is suggesting an October 14th announcement date.
After doing the math, an October 14th announcement date does make a lot of sense because not only many experts have already speculated about an October announcement for Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat but it also fits the bill for a November release date for the phone, similar to the previous year’s Nexus 4.
Apart from the October 14th announcement date, the received tip also claims that the Nexus phone which was spotted in the Kit Kat announcement video a while back was indeed none other than the Nexus 5 itself. The tip then further reveals several of Android 4.4 Kit Kat features.
These features include backwards compatibility of the OS to older devices, screen resizing, updates to Miracast, a new Gallery app, several new APIs for Animation, Android default blue theme can now be changed to more preset palette colours and finally, new notifications widgets.
While we are not exactly sure about all the other features, the ‘backwards compatiblity of the OS to older devices’ certainly falls in sync with the lines that are written on the official Android website.
“It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.”
Since Google has decided to name its next version of Android as 4.4 instead of 5.0, we are forced to believe that the Android 4.4 Kit Kat won’t be as big of a leap as it was from the Android 2.3 Gingerbread to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and that’s a major reason why we are taking this tip with a grain of salt. But again, nobody has really understood Google’s naming scheme, so there is still some hope left.