Google Unveils Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5

Google Unveils Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google took the wraps off two highly anticipated things on Halloween day: Android 4.4 KitKat and the all new Nexus 5 smartphone.

Via its blog, the tech giant noted that Android KitKat would deliver a “more immersive Android experience to even more people.”

With KitKat, Google’s added a new Hangouts app which combines SMS and MMS messages into one central location.

Android 4.4 also promises to be faster as Google has worked to slim down the mobile OS’s memory footprint by nixing what it called “unnecessary background services.”

“We did this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM (or memory) is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users,” stated Google.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 5 is available for purchase for $349. It features a Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz processor, 4G LTE, a 1.3MP front facing camera (8MP rear facing), a 2300 mAh battery and 16GB or 32GB internal storage options.

Nexus 5 retailers include Best Buy, Sprint, T-Mobile, RadioShack and Amazon.