Rumors by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday October 30, 2013.
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Though many have expected Google to make an announcement about the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat availability at some point in October, the company has yet to say anything. A flood of updates to Google-owned apps may point to that changing soon.
Reddit user JLishere noticed last night that Google has quietly updated nearly a dozen apps, since increased to 16 after the original post, in the past three days. It's common for Google to post updates for multiple apps on the same day, typically a Wednesday, so there was no immediate need to pay too much attention to the updates, especially after Google+ saw some changes yesterday. However, the scale of so many apps updating at once seemed large even for a Wednesday update bonanza, and many of the apps have the same change log they had on previous update days. Why is Google updating apps and not mentioning what's new?
Like any piece of Google news, that immediately led to speculation about whether Google is set to announce availability of the Nexus 5 and Android KitKat. People have become so insatiable for Nexus news that they are actually interpreting promotional items from KitKat - the candy brand, not Google - in an attempt to guess when the Nexus 5 would be announced. The cause of this speculation is at least rooted in something more concrete. It's quite possible that Google could be preparing to get its apps ready for the next version of Android. The most recent Nexus launch rumors have pegged the announcement for tomorrow, October 31, but I'd still caution against expecting to suddenly have all of your Nexus questions answered in the next few hours.