Once again, new Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 2013) images have emerged thanks to the folks over at the Italian web blog tuttoandroid.. the images, while terribly grainy and blurred, (Im guessing to protect the sources identity) show off some new features and parts of the UI that have never been seen in any past leaks. Below we recap what the Italian blog has revealed to us.
As previous leaks have already revealed.. we have a circular speaker located in the top center of the device for making calls. The device is reported to be slightly more squared off then previous leaked images and the back is confirmed to have the padded rubberized texture, similar to the back of the Nexus 10.
Lockscreen Android 4.4 KitKat
Changes have been made to the lockscreen as you can see. We have white icons on a transparent notification bar and the presence of shadows at the top and bottom.. similar to Nova or Apex Launcher.
Also new to the lockscreen is the presence of a camera icon located on the bottom right next to the center lock circle that we are already familiar with. Selecting the icon and dragging it to the left launches the camera app. We also see that the camera app can be launched from the lockscreen as in past versions by simply swiping the screen to the left to reveal the lockscreen widgets.
In the launcher we see the app drawer icon has taken on a new look. The white circle that bordered the icon is now a transparent fill and the horizontal line separating the quick launch icons from the rest of the homescreen has been removed. You'll also notice that there are only two quick launch icons.. the phone which has a new flat look to the icon and the other being the camera app. The navigation bar, as well as the notification bar both have transparent backgrounds with the navigation buttons having a similar appearance to the Moto X.
This homescreen in the image is showcasing 6 homescreens but that should be easily changed to how ever many you want within the settings.
The app drawer loses the black background and also takes on a transparent look. The icons are nice and large with a 5x4 grid size which should be the same size as the homescreen layout.
Android 4.4 KitKat
According to tuttoandroids informant, they have some exclusive information:
Google Now and Google Search
Google Now is much more responsive. Just simply say "Ok Google" within Google Now to make a new search. Google Now is accessible in two ways: the first is the classic swype upward from the navigation bar, the second is through one swype to the left starting with the last homescreen.
Google Search, instead, you can start by saying "Ok Google" directly from the homescreen.
As we see, then, Android 4.4 KitKat should always be in mode "always listening" , just like the Moto X, and the function may be extended to other languages besides English.
Google Hangouts has settings that affect the sending and receiving of SMS , but their informant could not test this feature. So there is a high possibility that Google Hangouts with Android 4.4 KitKat allows us to send and receive messages even when you do not have a network connection.
The following is based on the opinions of TuttoAndroid
Display, Color and Bootanimation
The screen is reported to be really bright with vivid colors. Colors of the display are really very beautiful and the display is very bright in general . Also confirmed the new bootanimation, at least for now.. should be the same as that of the devices on board Google Edition (Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One).
Speed and Smoothness
In addition to being much lighter in weight, it is also much faster than the Nexus 4.
The Snapdragon 800 and 2 GB of RAM give you the best with Android 4.4 KitKat. Despite the build still suffers of some bug, is nevertheless fast and smooth .
Android 4.4 KitKat, in any case, it seems to be a version of Android much lightened, and this definitely helps performance.
The audio quality is good, the volume is more or less like that of the Nexus 4, maybe slightly higher. The dual speaker seems to give a good feeling, not like HTC One but something similar.
Acknowledged, then, the two stereo speakers that are located on the bottom edge of the smartphone and the very good audio quality.
Unfortunately we could not provide details on battery life as there are too many elements that come into play and that does not give us a good idea of how tough a single charge.
There seems to be an image stabilization system, which helps a lot when we hand shaking during shooting. I do not know if it is an optical image stabilization (OIS in this case) or digital. The fact is that it works very well. The quality should not differ from that of the Nexus 4 so blatantly.