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Nexus 5 photo leaks reveal Android 4.4 KitKat changes

Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Friday October 11, 2013.

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Android 4.4 Kit Kat leaked screenshots (click for closer view)
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Google is expected to remove the veil from the LG-made Nexus 5 and the new Android 4.4 KitKat software soon. A treasure trove of leaked photos provide evidence of what to expect when the announcement arrives. Italian website TuttoAndroid has posted a series of low-quality and blurry photos of the Nexus 5, but we've already seen the hardware in previous leaks, so we're not too concerned about Mr. Blurrycam. What matters are the changes that can be gleamed from the software photos. Those changes include:

- On the lock screen, Icons for battery level, Wi-Fi, and cellular connectivity are visible in the top right corner and the notification bar is transparent. There's now a camera icon in the lower right corner and dragging it left launches the camera app.

- On the home screen, some icons have been changed. The app drawer icon has removed its outer border and focused on a translucent circle with six dots in the middle. There's also a new ugly, awful, and terrible dialer icon that I pray will be changed before KitKat is released.

- In the app drawer, the background has been changed to replace the solid black background with one that's faded over the current wallpaper. Icons are now larger as well.

- There's no confirmation of this yet, but there's a very good chance that the Messaging app has been removed. Google is reportedly planning to merge SMS into Google Hangouts and the Messaging app is a casualty. When looking at the list of apps, there's Maps and News have no apps between them, signaling that Messaging has been renamed or removed. It's probably the latter based on previous rumors.

- Google+ Photos is now Google Photos. Also, there's no Gallery app. It's possible that Google has merged the two into one app, which makes sense because Google+ photos were already visible within the Gallery application.

- "Ok Google" will become a standard part of Android. Previously available only on Motorola devices, users will be able to use the wake command for Google Now on the home screen. There's no word if it works when the screen is off as well.

source: Tutto Android

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