By Stephen Schenck | October 11, 2013 12:43 PM
If we’re to believe all the rumors, Google’s Nexus 5 is nearly ready to go official. Aside from the fact that October has been looking like a prime candidate for a launch event for a while now, recent chatter has suggested that it could occur as soon as next week, on Tuesday, October 15. As we wait to learn whether there’s anything to such claims or not, a new series of images has leaked out, showing us a bit more of Android 4.4 on the Nexus 5.
If these shots look familiar to you, there’s a good reason for that, as some of this stuff showed up earlier this month in a separate leak. That time, though we were looking at KRS65B, while this time we see a slightly more recent version, Android 4.4 KRS92B.
What was a setting labeled “Payments” in that previous build is much more clearly NFC-based this time around, changing to “Tap & pay.” That’s interesting as we were working on the assumption that Google would be downplaying the NFC component of Google Wallet, like we saw with the recent update to the app itself adding person-to-person funds transfers.
We also get a quick look at location settings, and hear about cloud printing functionality. With any luck, not only will we see the Nexus 5 next week, but Google might just start distributing KitKat to existing Nexus devices.
Update: Looks like even more changes are coming to light. We see a new look for the notification bar and its icons, and easy camera access from the lock screen. The launcher gets a transparent backdrop, and Google Now should be accessible just by saying “OK Google,” instead of requiring any gestures. SMS is getting absorbed into Hangouts, and the system should now support additional home screens.