Google took to the stage and unveiled the often-leaked Nexus 5 and its new android OS, KitKat.
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The Nexus 5 goes on sale Thursday. Without a contract, the 16gb version will run you $349 and $399 for 32gb. The phone will come in black and white.
It weighs in at 4.59 oz, and barely 1/3rd of an inch thick. Powered by a Snapdragon 800 processor, it’s powerful and petite
The camera also gets an upgrade: it moves. To compensate for movement of the phone, that camera itself can move to compensate. A new HDR+ mode creates the best images from bursts of different shots
While the Nexus 5 got its time to shine, Google spend most of its event talking about KitKat. It’s designed to work across all devices, and other Nexus devices will get the update “in the coming weeks,”
Apps in KitKat have been fine-tuned to use less power and resources. Chrome browser, for example, uses more than 15% less computing power.
Also improved is the voice recognition – Google’s Siri. It cam be accessed from any point by saying the command “OK, Google”. A Google search bar is available on every screen and searches can take you directly to apps: OpenTable for restaurants, ESPN for sports scores etc.
Google Now also got a boost, providing more results based on what people are you are looking for. The phone app suggests numbers for businesses around you, and google cloud print offers many more options for users.
KitKat is available now as a download and the Nexus 5 will begin shipping November 5th.