Nov 05 AT 3:28 PM Dustin Earley 19 Comments

Google opens up on Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5

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Every now and again, Google likes to open up on their products and services, giving consumers an idea of where the company is heading and shining some light on anything that may come off as a little confusing. Today Google has done just that by offering up some high-level employees for some interviews with the Verge where everything from hardware design to Nexus 5 exclusive features were discussed.

The Verge’s piece diving into the interviews is titled “The Nexus 5 isn’t pure Android, it’s pure Google” for a reason. Google spent more time crafting the Nexus 5 than any other Nexus before it. Everything about the design of the handset, the look, the feel, was painstakingly chosen for a reason. In the past, it’s been said that Google will take any existing phone, slap any new body on it, and call it a day. Now more than ever, you can tell that’s not true. The Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 finally feel like a family of devices. But where they share now share a new set of handsome, understated looks, the software between the two devices may slightly differ.

One of biggest features in Android 4.4, KitKat, is the new Google Now integrated launcher. Google Now is always present on the far left screen of your Nexus 5. That’s because the new launcher on the Nexus 5 is the Google Search app. Everything you need in a launcher has been moved to the search app on the Nexus 5 — the search app available to all Android devices. Eventually, this will be a great way for Google to completely take over your device. But for now, it’s a Nexus 5 exclusive. Google wants to test the waters with the launcher integrated search app before possibly releasing to more devices. Which is big news for the Nexus name.

It would have made much more sense to use Motorola as the driving force behind Google, not Android, exclusive features, but Google is letting the world know the Nexus 5 is more than just a developer phone. Knowing Google, this could change at any moment. But for now, if you want the best of Google, Nexus is the way to go. To see the interviews in their entirety, and to hear more on the design of KitKat, the thinking behind the revamped dialer and more, check out the YouTube video below.

Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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