Android 4.4 KitKat release date will be October 14 according to an Australian tipster who says that the new OS upgrade will come with an OIS-powered Nexus 5 on the same day. That would conform to early rumors from when the Android OS was still believed to be called Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. It was believed back then that the Android OS update and the Nexus 5 would both receive an October release date, Android 4.4 KitKat will likely start rolling out October 14, while the Nexus 5 and Nexus 10 2 will be announced. The two devices are likely to be released October 31.
The date certainly fits in with the time frame that most people are expecting of an October announcement of the next version of Android and the new Nexus phone; and if this follows the previous years a November launch of the new Nexus phone could follow. No mention was made of an update to the Nexus 10, but it's hoped that the successor would also be announced at any event to launch the next Nexus phone.
The Android 4.4 KitKat release date information comes from AusDroid who also reported a number of features we can expect new OS update to include:
- Firmware availability to older phones
- Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
- Miracast updates
- New Gallery Visualisation
- New APIs regarding animations
- Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
- New notification widgets
Some of these Android 4.4 KitKat features we had already heard about. The release on older phones, perhaps as old as Gingerbread, would be a welcome development to help reduce Android fragmentation. Even phones as old as the Galaxy Ace and HTC Thunderbolt could be capable of receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update, in theory. Of course, which phones and how many receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update will still be up to phone manufacturers. Some companies like HTC have suspended Android OS update support for many of their older devices while others have the old phones fairly low on the priority list.
Expect to see the Android 4.4 KitKat update come out first to the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10 2nd generation refresh, the old Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and the Google Play Edition of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Nexus may also get the Android 4.4 KitKat update, but that is likely to be the last one that it receives, which isn't bad considering the device has been supported for at least two years.
Hopefully the Android 4.4 KitKat update will give manufacturers the capacity to better upgrade and provide support for Android. Among the devices confirmed to be getting the Android 4.4 KitKat update the first one has been officially confirmed is the Pantech Vega Iron others include, "Many devices, including the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, will be getting upgraded to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean first before they are upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. Those devices are thought to be getting Android 4.3 in October." Some confusion has reigned about the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the HTC One, "Other devices, like the HTC One X and HTC One X+, are rumored to not be getting Android 4.4 KitKat at all though HTC itself has yet to confirm the bad news." HTC hasn't done well with getting Android updates out to users and the news that the company has cut 20 percent of its USA staff doesn't help rumors. At the minimum though we should at least expect the flagships like the HTC One and HTC One Google Play Edition to get Android 4.4 KitKat, barring anything unforeseen.
The Nexus 5 release date is almost certain to accompany Android 4.4 KitKat, the Nexus 5 along with the Nexus 10 2 are likely to be announced on October 14 but only be released on October 31. The Nexus 5 has been the device most leaked, a large amount of FCC leaks have given a pretty through look at the specs and design of the new smartphone. The Nexus 5 will naturally have Android 4.4 KitKat, boast a 5-inch screen modeled on the LG G2, a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2,300mAh battery. It has been confirmed that the Nexus 5 will not have the back volume rocker or power button and it will not have removable battery or expandable memory. Some productive users have put together the leaks to provide us an idea of what the 3D design of the Nexus 5 will look like:
LG Nexus 5 (click to view in 3D)
The Nexus 5 release date also confirms that what Google had mentioned earlier about improving the camera capabilities of their Nexus devices is something the company is taking seriously, "Responding to a comment by a user suggesting he wouldn't have to worry about taking a DSLR if the Nexus 4 had some truly revolutionary camera hardware, Gundotra said "we are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras." He also added a nice, reassuring "just you wait and see" to the end of that for good measure." The Nexus 5 will have optical image stabilization and boast camera modules similar to those found in the LG G2. We will keep you posted as we find out more about the Android 4.4 KitKat update and the Nexus 5.
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