Nov 05 AT 3:28 PM Dustin Earley 19 Comments

Google opens up on Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5


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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  • vforvortex

    Love it. Can’t wait to get my hands on the N5. When I ordered mine it said will ship out on Nov 8th, but to my surprise it already charged my account and shipped out yesterday and arrives on the 6th. :-D

  • price

    what Kathleen replied I cant believe that you can profit $5675 in 1 month on the internet. go to these guys…………

  • POTUS traitor

    Android 4.4 is decent, but the deal with kitkat is a cheap sellout and annoying.

  • da9el

    The saying goes: “Good, Fast, Cheap: You Can Only Pick Two!” The Nexus 5 covers all 3 :D

    • Nicholas Vettese

      Amen to that. I bought two. One for me, and one for the wife. Can’t beat it.

  • yoaj

    I’m really happy to see Google pulling through with their ecosystem. They have had all the right pieces but they didn’t seem to create a cohesive and tailored experience as Apple does. I always knew Google was going to pull through. Seeing how they are connecting Google Now with the Android ecosystem makes me excited for the future of Google awesomeness.

    • Nicholas Vettese

      I use google Now all day long. It is a great tool, and I have everything I want at my fingertips. I think the left pane will be a nice addition, although until my phone shows up today, I will not truly know.

      • Ezekiel

        I don’t get the point of it. You can’t swipe cards away, and a swipe from the left is no easier than a swipe up from the bottom which actually loads the whole of G Now. I really think there’s no benefit to it.

  • yowanvista

    I would sincerely get a brand new Nexus 5 if Scroogled had made the effort to offer it worldwide (the U.S/E.U aren’t at the center of the world). A 16GB Nexus 5 here would probably cost me up to 700USD with all the import taxes, custom clearings and all the government tax BS. Hell even a GS4 (Octa) would be cheaper alternative to the Nexus 5 here.

    I wonder when Google will really learn how to make Nexus devices globally accessible instead of region-locking the platform.

    • Mix

      Usually the country you are importing to charges those fees and has nothing to do with what you are buying.

      For me, it’s random. I can buy a $500 sub that weighs 40 pounds…nothing, I order 2 used headlights for $100 that weigh less than 5 pounds and I get charged $40.

      It’s hit and miss for me.

    • Ezekiel

      Elect officials who make it easier for global companies to do business there.

  • Bryan

    Just got mine today. It is glorious… Especially coming from the vzw galaxy nexus.

  • elvin

    Just got mine today. Love it. Feels very different from previous android OS. Very smooth,speedy,Its Just a beast… All around

  • jamal adam

    I really love these inside interviews and learning about what the thinking was behind the changes and how they went about making it work. It’s really fascinating and worthwhile to see the dedication and pure awesomeness that goes into the creation of Android.

  • http://no stokis

    If i could buy it from google play here in Latvia (Europe) for 350$, i would buy it 100%. But i can’t!

    • tma

      Same to me, don’t understand why it is available only for US?

  • Patcheen

    I wish they would “open up” about why they don’t make these phones available to more countries like Apple, Nokia, Samsung do.

    Feeling felt out in Ireland :-(

  • hjforyou

    i rally love it

  • donger

    Go Google!