Google announces the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat

Say goodbye to the waiting, goodbye to the rumors, goodbye to the speculation; after months and months of waiting, with October just about to give way to November, Google has finally gone official with the Nexus 5, ushering-in the era of Android 4.4 KitKat along with it.

Just like last year (following the Sandy cancellation), there’s no grand event, no big media circus: just a simple blog announcement and placing the phone in the Google Play Store. So, just what do we have here?

It’s not like there was much we didn’t know about the Nexus 5 by now, but for those of you who have been glossing over the specifics, the phone offers a 4.95-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB RAM, 8-megapixel primary camera with optical stabilization, and a 2300mAh battery. It will measure about 8.6mm thick, weigh nearly 4.6 ounces, and be available in white and black.

The radio’s fully equipped for LTE this time around, and will support operation on nine bands, in addition to seven HSPA+ bands. There’s also CDMA support baked-in, making sense of those Sprint rumors.

The 16GB model sells for about $350, or $400 for 32GB. Sales begin today in the US, Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Korea.

Google only briefly talks about Android 4.4 in its announcement, but confirms things like the Hangouts with SMS we’ve heard about, as well as launcher improvements with deeper Google Now integration. Google also touches on support for low RAM devices, explaining that even 512MB models should handle KitKat just fine.

While the Nexus 5 ships with KitKat (and US orders currently look like they’re going out on November 8, though expect to see that slide back), other Nexus models won’t see the software until sometime “in the coming weeks.”

Update: 16GB is sold out in the US, though 32GB remains. That was fast!

Update 2: And now both models appear to back!

Source: Google, Play Store

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