Information about Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat continues to surface, creating an even more complete picture of the coming device and operating system.
Following the discovery of a supposed Android 4.4 KitKat log file believed to have come from a Nexus 5, several pundits have taken to deciphering information from the leaked build version KRS74H. According to the tech website Myce, the 10MB Android 4.4 KitKat log file shows that the operating system is being run by a device under the codename “Hammerhead,” which has been linked to a device under the model number LG-D820 that many believe is the Nexus 5.
Nexus 5 Leaked Features
Thus far such publications as Tutto Android and Android World have determined a number of specs for the Nexus 5 based on the Android 4.4 KitKat log file. The Nexus 5 will reportedly include 5-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display at 443 ppi as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 GPU, which have been long rumored for the device. In addition, the log file has revealed that the Nexus 5 may include 16GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. The Nexus 5 camera should feature an 8-megapixel lens and well as a 1.2-megapixel front-facing lens. Nexus 5 connectivity will reportedly include LTE and NFC support as well as accelerometer, magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity, light and barometer sensors as well as a wireless charging battery. As expected, the Nexus 5 operating system will be Android 4.4 KitKat.
Further inspection from Android World has discovered that the Nexus 5 will include several USB On The Go (OTG) features and support for USB audio accessories. In addition, the long-rumored optical image stabilization camera feature has supposedly been found in the Android 4.4 code.
Android 4.4 KitKat Leaked Features
For updates to Android 4.4 itself, the log file reveals several new version numbers for a number of apps, listed below, many of which could indicate significant updates as the version numbers (Email, Clock, Google Authenticator) largely increase.
Google Sound Search: 1.1.8 - 1.1.11
Email: 4.1 - 6.0
Clock: 2.0.3 - 3.0.0
Currents: 2.1.1 - 2.1.2
Cloud Print: 0.6.1b - 0.8.3
Google Authenticator: 2.49 - 3.55
Play Books: 2.9.21 (depending on device) - 3.0.1
Gallery: 1.1.40012 - 1.1.40030
Hangouts: 1.2.018 - 1.3.012
QuickOffice: 6.1.180 - 6.2.255
Play Store: 4.3.11 - 4.4.2
Gmail: 4.6 - 4.6.1
A change in the structure of app names in the log file, from "com.android.APPNAME" to "com.google.android.APPNAME," has been noted as well. It is suspected that Android 4.4 will allow apps to be downloaded independently from the Google Play Store, which could allow older handsets not (yet) running Android 4.4 to download the latest updates for Google apps. This piggybacks on Google’s own hint that Android 4.4 KitKat will reduce fragmentation of the Android line and be compatible with several devices on the market today.
In addition, the Android 4.4 file log revealed several new Google apps, including separate Camera and Gallery apps and an updated dialer app. According to the file log, Android 4.4 may include a Google Home app, which may serve as a one-stop locale for all for Google services; a similar Terminal app was also discovered, while a Tag app is expected to work with NFC tags. Android 4.4 may also see the Android 4.3 “App Ops” hidden permission manager app active in this iteration of the operating system.
Android World reports that it is certain the Android 4.4 log file was leaked by a Google employee, which is determined from code referring to Bazar, the name for Google’s internal Play Store.
Other Leaks and Information
Amid this surge of information about the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, other leaks continue to fill in the blanks about the phone and operating system. The image pictured above is one shared by the tech website MacRumors, of a device believed to be the Nexus 5. The clear shot of the device’s back panel matches several previous Nexus 5 leaks; we see the prominent camera sensor and the vertical printed Nexus branding.
All rumors predict that the Nexus 5 will be unveiled in October alongside Android 4.4 KitKat; currently the date Oct. 14 has been heavily predicted, but is not confirmed. A recent report from Tech Radar suggests the Nexus 5 will cost half the price of the recently released iPhone 5S, which Gotta Me Mobile believes will equate to a price tag between $299 and $399 for the Nexus 5. Regardless of exact price, many are certain the Nexus 5 will maintain an affordable price similar to the $299 cost that made the previous Nexus 4 so popular.
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Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.