Nexus 5 pictured in the wild (again) – New screenshots of Android 4.4 KitKat running on Nexus 7 (2013)


Nexus 5 leak Russia edit

Over the weekend, we saw the Nexus 5 leaked in a 7-minute hands-on video out of France. It seems we’re getting really close to a launch as even more pics of the device have surfaced on the net. Today, a Russian Google+ user by the name of Anton Kuznetsov was able to get some hands-on time with the device as evidenced in the above pics. There really isn’t much here we haven’t already seen, but we’re hoping with all the hands on the Nexus 5, it’s only a matter of time before leaked system dumps make their way to the various developer forums.

Android KitKat Easter Egg phase 1

While our Russian friend wasn’t able to share any screens of the actual OS, the folks at ZDNet have secured screenshots of an early Android 4.4 KitKat (Key Lime Pie) build running on the Nexus 7 (2013). The easiest to spot changes came from the now well-known Easter egg, where pressing on the build number multiple times shows you a fun little graphic of the version number. You’ll notice “Android” is displayed using the KitKat font, despite still reading “Key Lime Pie” directly below it.

Android 4.4 KitKat Easter Egg phase 2

Once again, this shows us that this is an early leaked build, and in no way representative of the final product. Long pressing the “Android” takes you to a nice little mosaic of all the Android versions (in Jelly Bean it was the floating candy that could be flung around the screen), showcasing everything from Cupcake, to Key Lime Pie. Yup, looks like the Android team is going to have to do a lot of last minute graphical changes before KitKat is officially ready for public consumption.

Inside the Settings app we once again spot support for wireless printing and the new “Tap to Pay” options. We’re hearing from sources that Tap to Pay will have API access for OEMs and apps, and the fact that Google Wallet is now supported on every Android 2.3+ device makes it all the more interesting. You’ll notice a new “Home” option, but what’s inside is anyone’s guess at this point. More on that later.

Nexus 7 Android 4.4 KitKat


A comparison of the Jelly Bean and KitKat shows app drawers that are near identical. The addition of Quickoffice makes into Google’s official app lineup, and some slight changes to the Google and Google Settings icons are pictured. It’s been rumored that SMS will be integrated into Hangouts (but no Google Voice integration), and our own sources were able to confirm this. Same goes with the Gallery app and “Google Photos”, although it’s still up in the air whether or not Google will merge them into a single app.

It should also be noted that we’re hearing there are currently 2 launchers being tested in Android 4.4 — a traditional bare bones version, and the more iOS-like “Google Experience launcher” — but it’s still undecided which Google will pre-install on Nexus devices. That being said, our birdy told us that the new Google Experience Launcher will most certainly be available for download through the Google Play Store so those of you with Sense or TouchWiz shouldn’t feel left out.

Android 4.4 KitKat downloads clock comparison

Other smaller changes include the pictured new Downloads app and the removal of the bold font in the Clock app (thank you). Not pictured is a new “Location Settings” toggle in the Quick Settings pulldown, and the Dialer and People app finally merging into one.

We’re finally starting to paint a clearer picture of the new changes Android 4.4 will bring to the table, and there’s still a few new surprises we aren’t able to reveal at this point in time. From the looks of it, Google is continuing to refine the Android experience into a more polished mobile OS mainstream consumers can finally get behind. With all the recent leaks, it wont be much longer before Google finally makes Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 official.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I really hope the lens isn’t an “outie”. It looks like it will be, though.

    1. yeah…why the hell are ALL of the manufacturers doing this with there cameras?

      1. most likely to fit a bigger sensor in there if only slightly

      2. Bigger lens, slimmer phone – i guess.

  2. Please tell me it reduces screen latency :)

    Yes, it’s my new crusade…

  3. The “nice little mosaic of all the Android versions” is filled full of the 4 parallel lines which look exactly like a KitKat bar

  4. That settings icon is ugly and very out of place…

    1. it looks like samsung’s settings icon…

  5. Why the crap would I want an iOS-like launcher?!?

    1. He means that this second launcher version has all the bells and whistles in terms of animations and color probably. So he called it ‘iOS-like’ in a tongue in cheek sense. Remember all those reports about iOS animations giving people motion sickness?

  6. I am 80% sure the Nexus 5 or KitKat ain’t launching tomorrow. But the other 20% hopes it does :(

    We are definitely seeing the unveiling by the end of the month along with Asus N10 & Google’s smart watch “Gem”.

  7. I’ll say it again, these people really need to wipe a phone off before taking photos to leak. I mean seriously. And take a picture in focus, in good lighting. Its not that difficult.

  8. “and there’s still a few new surprises we aren’t able to reveal at this point in time”

    What the hell man? Not cool to tease like that. Can’t you just email me, I pinky promise not to tell

  9. I like how the Easter Egg looks a bit like those fragmentation diagrams… seems to me like a deliberate dig at them that point fingers… it also hints to me that they might still have something up their sleeves regarding fragmentation… maybe they want to aid rooting and get onto older devices? They did say something like “We want the new android to be for for *everyone*” (or something like that) a few months ago.

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