First of all, as always, until Google actually chooses to show off the final versions of Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5, take these rumors with a grain of salt. So today, TuttoAndroid has received some alleged pictures of a Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat. It looks like many features of the OS will become more transparent and brighter.
Starting off with the Nexus 5 hardware itself, it looks in line with previous purported pictures we’ve seen over the last few weeks. Unfortunately there’s no Nexus 4 to compare this device to, but it’s a new image regardless.
Moving onto the software, the home screen looks slightly different from Android 4.3. Up on the top, the design of the icons on the top is white instead of blue, which also matches up with other leaks. Moving down the screen, the Google search widget looks like it does now. But the bar that moves back and forth when you switch home screens is now dots, like on iOS.
The phone icon also looks slightly different than it does now. But the button to access the app drawer looks semi-transparent. The back, home, and multitasking buttons look the same though.
Opening the app drawer reveals a big change. Instead of the pure black background, it looks like you’ll now see your wallpaper beneath the icons. And instead of the blue line at the bottom displaying when you switch between pages, it looks like there are now dots there, too. The Google Search and Google Settings icons also look round instead of the usual square icons. We don’t know the changes inside of the apps, though.
As we also saw this morning, Google is now going to allow you to change the “location mode” you want between “high accuracy”, “battery saving”, and “device sensors only”. That will be a welcome addition for anyone who wants to save power if their battery level is getting low. And, once again, the Google Search app icon is round.
Once again, in the next shot, we’re seeing “Tap & Pay” in settings. What this means is still unknown, but hopefully Google will reveal all of this soon, too.
To close out, the lock screen also looks slightly redesigned. The usual button for unlocking your device is there, along with the camera widget. Once again, the status icons are white. However, in the second picture of the lock screen, there is a camera button (or a slider), much like on iOS. If this means you no longer need the camera widget or not, we again don’t know.
The current rumor for the release date of KitKat 4.4 and the Nexus 5 is still October 15th, which is actually next Tuesday. If that release date still pans out, that means it’s not much longer now. Those of you looking for the Nexus 5 and/or KitKat 4.4, are you looking forward to this?