Nexus 5 hands-on reveals details of Android 4.4 cloud backup service

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You ever get that feeling that everyone has a certain phone, except you? The Nexus 5 hasn’t even launched yet, but from all the leaks we’ve been seeing, it’s pretty clear that there are a whole lot of them out there already, teasing away at us. As we wait for Google to flip the switch on this baby, reports on the handset continue to pile up, one of the most recent of which taking the form of an AMA on Reddit. In the course of the discussion, we got to learn a little more about Android 4.4, and it sounds like there could be a big new cloud backup feature.

While you can already sync your Google account across devices, this new system sounds a whole lot more all-encompassing, and has been compared to Apple’s iCloud. The source of this info doesn’t sound like he was fully able to test and confirm this functionality, but it looks like even things like app data and saved games will be backed up. This may also be tied to an offer for additional Google Drive storage – again, details are sketchy, but it may involve giving users an extra 100GB.

That’s a lot of space to be handing out, and we don’t know if that offer is going to be a general Android 4.4 thing, or if it might be specifically tied to the Nexus 5. If launch rumors are any kind of accurate, we should be finding out quite soon, indeed.

Source: Reddit
Via: Pocket-lint
Image: Axel Rouvin

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