20
Sep
google-kitkat-android-4-4-01

Google is juggling a lot of things right now. It's really not realistic to expect no one in the company to ever make a mistake. Well, today's slip-up is to our advantage. The most recent update to the Korean keyboard IME in Google Play contains a new screenshot which appears to be from Android 4.4 KitKat.

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The status bar has light gray icons and clock font, which has been suggested in a number of leaks. There was also a hint of gray icons in the recently leaked video. Over on the other side of the status bar is a debug icon – a piece of pie. The debug icon in Jelly Bean is a little Android jelly bean, so this screenshot was probably taken on a device that still had the decoy Key Lime Pie ID. We knew Google was keeping things under wraps with regard to the KitKat naming, and it looks like designers are still working on getting the Android 4.4 graphics updated.

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These gray status bar icons could be just the tip of the iceberg. The rumors have been pointing to a more significant update to the UI of Android with 4.4, but we don't have anything concrete to confirm just yet. Also, according to a source, the latest Android test builds also no longer refer to the upcoming Nexus as 'Nexus 4' – it's now Nexus 5. Things are coming together nicely.

[Google Play – Thanks, Bart Tiemersma]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Jeff Soohoon Yu

    Wow.. I've been wanting an update on the Korean keyboard forever. Hope that it's out so that I can actually use the stock keyboard for everything

  • fonix232

    Please don't let it be simple white... it would be so dull :(

    But a user-choice "accent" color would be a definitely nice touch!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      How about simple gray?

      • http://thedangerbrain.com/ Alfonso Surroca

        Personally, I'd prefer complicated gray.

        • mechapathy

          It's gray, but we don't talk about it.

        • perfectlyreasonabletoo

          It's a bit of a gray area.

      • PhineasJW

        Space gray?
        Interstellar gray
        Retina gray
        Magic gray
        Google gray

        • Marc Young

          Apparently there are 50 shades of gray.

          • Rabid Rotty

            I lol'd

          • Michael Ta

            thanks for letting us know.

          • Rabid Rotty

            You are very welcome

          • Asim Aryal

            HAH! That was quite witty!

        • jellymelly

          That's 1 shade of gray and 4 shades of gay

    • mikeym0p

      There is rumors that the accent coloring will match the application you're using. If you saw the 5.0 concept on g+ they had the status bar changing color which I really limed too.

  • TY

    Please Google, let us have the option to keep #33b5e5

    • Matthew Fry

      Please Google, let it be customizable like ROMs have done for years. Orange on black... mmmmm...

      • TY

        Orange? You mean #fcb414? Other holo colors include 99cc00, cc0000, f9f903, and da31e5.

        • Brian Menius

          I suspect someone will figure out how to lock down ef1d1d like Fort Knox if this comes about.

    • Joseph Cascio

      What if, built in Theme Engine? That would be sick.

      • chriscarver

        If they did this, that would be HUGE. It would open up a market for theme developers, contributing to the more customizable aspect of Android.

        And when I say opening up a market to theme developers, ThemeChooser themes hardly count. It's not native to Android and the majority of Android owners don't have access to ThemeChooser due to lack of a custom ROM and or root.

      • Colin Kealty

        even if it's not a full featured theme engine but just SOME choices for colours! that'd already be a good leap in the right direction

        • iboalali

          Sony phones already have this up to 10 colors

      • RajivSK

        While I would certainly welcome such an addition to Android I very much doubt a theme engine will ever be included. Google seems to be pushing towards a more unified android experience and I don't think a theme engine, on top of the segregation by oem skins, will be on the top of their list for new features.

        • Joseph Cascio

          Maybe not a theme engine that ROM Flashers are a custom too but maybe like accent color changing. Think of the Moto X. You could change the colors of the status bar to match the buttons etc.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      I see there are a few people who don't know what #33b5e5 is.

      • The Phenom

        No clue what is it?

        • J2

          It's the color of the "Holo" blue that Google introduced in ICS.

          • http://reddit.com/ yo2boy

            #HOLOYOLO

        • TylerChappell

          #33b5e5 is almost like a Windows 95 looking shade of blue lol

      • RajivSK

        LOL "What is this new #33b5e5 everyone is tweeting about all of a sudden?"

  • Rubin

    Loving that Pie Icon :D
    Though it probably won't last.

  • Grimmjow

    Majority of developers still dont care about HOLO. Keep that in mind before making any change in the guidelines Google.

    • Mark Curtis

      If anything that means they should keep making changes since developers don't follow them anyway.

  • Adalberto Barbosa

    I kind like the cyano clock and battery, but I agree that it became inconsistent when Jelly Bean came out...

  • Eszol

    #33b5e5 FTW!

    • Justin W

      This is the default currently, so I would think they'd let us keep it or at least have it as an option..

  • Sandesh van’t Veen

    I've always really liked the blue icons, but it didn't really fit with Jelly bean, wich used a lot more white.

  • Frettfreak

    I really hope it's not going Grey. I like the holo blue a lot more. Grey is so meh

  • mechapathy

    Ugh. I just realized that the USB debugging icon will be a KitKat. In other news, what color are the icons when there's no connection to Google? I feel like that's a useful piece of info, which can currently be gleaned instantly. I hope they're not taking that out.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm hoping they'll leave the KLP icon as an easter egg. Or in honor of the fallen pies everywhere, most recently in David's apartment.

      • mechapathy

        Remember the pies. Especially those gone to being smashed on faces.

      • bloomtronzero

        I hope they don't, and simply reuse it for 'L' release. Lollipop and Licorice are nice, but Lemon Meringue Pie is king of delicious.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        They should change it to something more witty like a Pi symbol with little android ears.

    • TSON1

      Okay, I'm less worried about that and moreso worried about the easter egg. *swipes kitkats offscreen*

    • http://planetmew.com/blog/ Christopher Glass

      Actually, this picture might lend an idea to it staying a piece of pie. That way if the mutual license expires, they're not boned.

  • sdny8

    That status bar is old. I've had it on my gnex for a year now, whenever I turn it on it takes 5 mins to connect to Google services.

    • TY

      Not on the clock/battery though.

    • Armando Rodriguez

      The clock never change color wether is connected to Google servers or not.

    • cabbiebot

      If I'm not mistaken, only the connection icon is grey when its not connected to google services (and turns blue when it does). In that status bar, the battery icon is grey as well.

      • sdny8

        It was a joke.

      • Zach B.

        ..

        • Justin W

          Nice profile pic... Every time I see it I laugh.

  • jTc42

    I like this! I love the holo blue but it would be nice to change the trim colour to match certain wallpapers better. Even if you can't change it, I think just for consistency I'd prefer this. Just my opinion though :)

  • Alphatime

    It's different the clock is white,too and if there is no connection to google it is gray and not white like the picture.

  • Akshay Sharma

    grey status icons! that's about the only thing stock rom was missing

  • moelsen8

    wow, i never realized the debug icons reflect the version name. wow.

    i really don't think i'm prepared to give up blue yet though. it looks so purdy.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. They have since ICS, I believe.

      Before that it was just the normal Bugdroid with insect legs. Cheers.

  • MattV111

    The new debugging icon looks like a piece of key lime pie.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You think?

    • Tony Sarju

      lol, you just won 4 Internets.

    • Darkbotic

      Shocking!

    • Simon Belmont

      In other news: the sky is blue and grass is green.

      Shocking. Utterly shocking.

  • Matt

    Grey is nice and all, but how are they going to differentiate whether you're connected to Google Services now?

    • Luke

      Maybe white instead of gray? Subtle enough to be noticeable but not enough to stand out too much.

    • Scott

      That's the first thing I thought of when I saw the gray icons.

    • Magneira

      Yeah, but it seems 90% of the people does not know that blue means conected to google services, and I love this, hope they can show us other way.

      • Craig Hawkins

        First time I've heard that.

      • Casin

        Does 10:07 mean it will be announced on October 7?

        • Nick Dion

          mother of god.

        • gayforandroid

          HOLY SHIT YES PLEASE!!

        • usamaisawake

          Since this is a leak and not an official Google Post (where they typically list the clock as showing the version number anyway, not the release date), it's probably not the release date. But one can hope.

        • WillHJ

          Interestingly enough, the KitKat promotional "have a seat" has the time at the seventh minute of a certain hour of the day so maybe even more evidence?

      • Chix

        Is it Google Services? Wow, I thought that blue means you're connected to internet.

        • http://lostsync.net/ lostsync

          That's basically what it works out to meaning in practice.

          • last

            Even im typing in gray color ithink

        • newsjunkieintl

          Yeah, so many people get pedantic about that and stress blue means connected to Google services -- but when my phone goes gray it has lost ALL data connection, not just to Google services.

          I'll probably install a custom color scheme to change this gray on gray thing. I want CLEAR visual confirmation of my status.

    • chriscarver
    • omegavesko

      I think white for connected and gray for not connected would work well. Not as obvious as the difference between blue and gray though.

      • newsjunkieintl

        I'll probably install a custom color scheme to change this gray thing. I want CLEAR visual confirmation of my status.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      According to a source, the icon will now turn dark gray when it's not connected and light gray as you see above when it is. So they just swapped colors, but the functionality will still be there.

      • andQlimax

        Also look the clock.. 10:07, 7 October kit kat?

        • Herman

          Or 10 July
          Wait...

      • Matt

        Oh, that's good to know. It doesn't have to be ostentatious as long as the functionality remains. It's not really frequently relevant: if you're connected to functioning WiFi or data, chances are you're connected to Google Services (it helps me realize if I need to log in through a browser for free WiFi though). I guess this means the screenshot is definitely not a red herring, then?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Yeah, it seems to be legit and makes sense.

      • peterfares

        Wow that is surprising! Google has been on a feature-killing rampage lately! All in the name of simplification.

      • newsjunkieintl

        I'll probably install a custom color scheme to change this gray on gray thing. I want CLEAR visual confirmation of my status.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Maybe it's just a beta version, and it'll switch back to blue. Or perhaps the person's device in question wasn't connected at the time. Who knows, it's all just speculation.

      I'm obviously saying this because I'm in denial. Please don't take away the blue! For someone like me who is living in a place with unreliable connections at times, it's really helpful to know.

    • Bjajjull

      The grey is almost white, so dark grey would still work.

      Edit: Just saw that Artem wrote this...

  • spydie

    oh gawd... get rid of grey icons (Apple). I'm so tired of black and grey. Use your colorful imagination and color screen to the fullest extent... otherwise become E-ink and save battery power. And I don't see any significant keyboard changes.

    • Dhickory

      Updated stupid work iphone to new crapOS and it could not be any more hideous with all the white. This could get really off topic, but I have to say I've never loved my Android more after seeing crapples terrible new design and hearing all the isheep around work talk about it like its the greatest thing ever.
      /end rant

      • bloomtronzero

        I like the new look on iOS 7. A stark improvement over iOS 6.

        Also do you really have to use terms like isheep and crapple? I bet you say M$ too.

        • Dhickory

          Sorry, I just had to get it out of my system. If I offended you well...

      • Wesley Modderkolk

        >"isheep"
        >"crapOS" "crapples"
        okay then

  • Tom

    Actually don't mind the grey icons. It goes much better with the rest of the Android UI.
    Just hope there's still an indicator to show when the device is connected to Google's servers (possibly fading out or something similar).

  • Freak4Dell

    Not sure I like the gray. The current method of changing from gray to blue depending on connection to Google services is really useful. What are they going to do with this...go from dark gray to light gray?

  • Dan

    10:07 = 10/7 release? Maybe lol

    • Bluewall

      Also, 10-7 = 3
      ...
      HALF-LIFE 3 CONFIRMED !!!

    • unsivilaudio

      10/7=1.4285714, this is very close to pie. Key Lime Pie!:O

      • Hans Pedersen

        Yeah, it's like, full of digits.

    • The_16th_Doctor

      i wonder what you guys would come up with if it was 00:00 midnight

  • Bluewall

    With grey icons you have many advantages :

    1) Icons are more unobtrusive, good for a status bar

    2) It fits better whatever wallpaper, icons, widgets, etc... you use.
    3) It fits better with any app (even HOLO) that use any colors.

    I'm all for it !

    • woj_tek

      Neh, I liked blue-ish icos because I could easily know what is active ant what's not... those litle inset icons aren't that great to discern from the distance...

      • mesmorino

        That would work for any colour really

    • Luke

      I've carefully customized my 4.1.2 Note2's homescreen to be mostly black and white with a small number of grey accents. Very minimal look (which aligns with my interest in minimal interior design). Most people that care about their phones ask me how I've done it, and tell me it looks slick but I do realize it's not for everyone :)
      You might notice the birthday bullets are blue. This is something new I'm trying out and am enjoying so far. A tiny splash of color that's not really noticeable upon first glance, but it's enough to catch my eye if it's there. The vertical thing I've censored is the city.

      Things I don't like (but am too lazy to be bothered with or simply don't know how to fix):
      - Battery % font is ugly as sin.
      - I can't make dock folders with custom icons (Nova limitation). Right now "listen" launches tinyshark. I'd like it more if it were like a preview-less folder. Then when I tap it it would show me pocket casts, tinyshark, whatever. Same goes for a few other buttons on the dock.

      • Darkbotic

        An screenshot would help...

        • Luke

          Screenshot shows up on my end. You don't see it?

          • Darkbotic

            Now I do. Looks good.

      • Abe Lincoln

        Wait, why can't you use custom icons with dock folders in Nova? I just drag my stuff into a folder, edit the folder icon, and drag the folder onto the dock...

        • Luke

          IIRC when I tried editing how a folder would behave it always had a preview of its contents. I must've messed something up. If this works, I think I love you!

  • ArrTooDeeToo

    All I want for Christmas is the option to move the navigation buttons to the left side.

    • unsivilaudio

      Word. I'll continue to run a custom rom (on my tablet) with TabletUI hacked into it because of this. So retarded they discontinued it in the first place.

      • Nick

        For as big as Google and Android are, you would think they could hire a decent UI designer or actually run their stuff through Usability testing, but nope.

  • bozzykid

    I'm pretty sure internally Google will always refer to 4.4 as Key Lime Pie so the debug icon may never change. KitKat is all the marketing team and no one else.

    • PhineasJW

      Nah. That wouldn't make any sense.

    • mesmorino

      What makes you think they *ever* referred to it internally as Key Lime Pie? Google has never said anything about names to anyone and unless you're on the marketing team- or indeed ANY google team, you don't know anything about it either

      • Tony Sarju

        Google has stated publicly that it was named KLP previously and they decided back in Feb 2013 or so to make the switch to KitKat. They didn't announce it internally until right when they went public.

        • mesmorino

          Right, because companies are in the habit of doing stupid things like announcing something publicly without (or even before) announcing it internally, because it makes all kinds of sense for the Android team to find out about the name change of something they're working on from a public announcement,

          • Tony Sarju

            You are clearly uninformed about all of this and did not pay attention when the KitKat nomenclature went live. If you were, then you'd had known what the Google execs had said about the whole thing. You should just stop now before making a further fool of yourself.

          • mesmorino

            Don't be stupid. It is not "making a further fool of myself" to disbelieve or disagree with something that is CLEARLY stupid, without at least some sort of evidence.

            And if it is indeed true, that they made the public announcement before the internal announcement, then it doesn't change the fact that that is STILL stupid.

            Evidence or gtfo, i'm not in the habit of believing random strangers on the internet just because they say something is true.

          • Tony Sarju

            Read this and shut up. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938

            If you want more sources, look for them yourself.

          • Guest

            pwned

          • Darkbotic

            OWNED!
            Epic win bro.

          • mesmorino

            lol did you even read the link he posted? dumbass

          • Darkbotic

            Yes I did, but apparently you didn't. Ha ha!
            Loser.

          • Guest

            Yes I did, but apparently you didn't.
            Loser!

          • mesmorino

            The link you provided contradicts your original post, which says "They didn't announce it internally until right when they went public"

            From the article: "Although the developers had referred to the forthcoming version as KLP in internal documents, Mr Lagerling said the team decided late last year to opt instead for the chocolate bar."

            LATE LAST YEAR.

            I think YOU should shut up now, since your own link contradicts your statement. My entire position, and my comments have been that it would be stupid for a company to make a public announcement without FIRST internally informing the team working on the damn thing. No really, scroll up and re-read my comments, I'll wait.

            I don't need more sources, thanks. You've done well enough proving my point.

          • Tony Sarju

            You really are dense, aren't you? If you read the article you would have seen this:

            "Executives from the two firms met face to face at a secret event held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February to finalise the details."

            They proposed it last year but it was not finalized until MWC this year. They kept the information close to the chest internally and only a few select people know about the KitKat naming idea.

            ""Keeping it confidential was paramount to Google's strategy," acknowledges Mr Bula. "Absolutely nothing leaked." The Android team also took steps to preserve the element of surprise, notifying only a "tight team" about the decision."

            Do you know how to read?

          • mesmorino

            You just won't stop with the insults will you? Listen, if you're not able to have an argument without taking a ride in the gutter then you can fuck right off.

            Moving on, did you actually read my reply? The one where I'm saying that the internal team knew about it BEFORE the public announcement?

            Because you see those parts you just quoted, right? THEY PROVE MY POINT!

            "The Android team also took steps to preserve the element of surprise, notifying only a "tight team" about the decision"

            But isn't that what I've been saying? That the Android Team knew about the name change, WELL BEFORE the announcement? I'm not even sure exactly what you're arguing, or what your position is.

            Anyway it's like you're more interested in being an ass, so I'm out.

          • Tony Sarju

            ugh, do you think any decision can be made without actual human beings being involved? The entire Android team was not aware of this. They were still working with KLP elements. Only a select few who NEEDED to know were informed about it to plan ahead for changes. Did this change just magically happen without anybody knowing about it? You're essentially saying that because a few people knew about the change that is the same as everyone working on the project at Google knew about it.

            Your original post on this matter was attacking the original post which you replied to and were denying that KLP was real because nobody from Google said so. You were wrong in this point as well.

            Bye Bye.

          • mesmorino

            Whoa whoa whoa, I didn't attack any post, and I didn't deny that KLP was real- In my original post, i said

            "What makes you think they *ever* referred to it internally as Key Lime Pie? Google has never said anything about names to anyone and unless you're on the marketing team- or indeed ANY google team, you don't know anything about it either"

            That's a question, and and assertion. I don't mind it being wrong, the thing is, I'm not gonna just accept that it's wrong because some random internet strangers say so. Incidentally, the link you posted *does* show that that assertion is wrong

            Moving on, when I say the "Android Team" knew about it, I'm not saying EVERYBODY working on Android at Google knew about it. I'm saying that people working on it that had anything to do with naming it, coding it, testing it, knew about it. Basically, the Dev Team.

            If we're both in the company and you are one of the select few who know about this name change, and I'm a programmer working on a couple of million lines of code with KLP references scattered around and any number of functions that have that name in them, it would be exceedingly stupid for you to not inform me of the name change WELL BEFORE launch, and not right before!

            Or do you disagree with that?

          • Tony Sarju

            With modern coding tools, it's not hard to just make text substitutions from KLP to KK for code corrections. They go through automated build processes, I'm not an expert on that matter but maybe one can chime in. All reference material that was leaked/discovered on the web pointed to and still points to the KLP naming (See FCC discoveries and this very article).

            It's not uncommon for companies to keep employees in the dark until zero hour to preserve a competitive edge, it happens at every major launch in the telecom industry in some shape or form. From my past employment experience I have witnessed and even been on the receiving end of such events.

            I apologize for any past rude comments.

          • mesmorino

            Well, I'm hardly an expert either, and I apologise if I was rude earlier too. In my experience it's the complete opposite: By the time we announce anything the engineers all know about it well before hand.

          • Darkbotic

            He's just retarded. Don't waste your time bro.

        • unsivilaudio

          Lol, I was wondering what that icon was. NOW I see it. Pretty slick.

      • bozzykid

        The FCC filing for the Nexus 5 calls it KeyLimePie. Google's marketing team never told anyone else inside the company of the KitKat sponsorship. Clearly, the Android team used KLP and I bet they still do.

        • mesmorino

          Where is this FCC filing you speak of? In any case, the Nexus 5 is a DEVICE. Android KitKat is an operating system. Whatever the Nexus 5 is called has nothing to with whatever the next Android version is called

          • Kurt Knebel

            the firmware build of the filing had the name "aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154"

          • Guest

            You haven't been reading android news lately, have you?

          • mesmorino

            Lol don't you start with me, I'm currently in the middle of an argument with this other fella who seems to like insulting me more than have any actual discussion

          • bozzykid

            The FCC filing for the D820 shows the OS as KeyLimePie. And Google publicly stated after announcing KitKat, that they didn't tell people inside of Google. Do you think they were creating an OS with no name until a few weeks ago? They surely used KeyLimePie.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii
      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        The fact that they said so, clearly, in articles about the naming, where they stated it was Key Lime Pie up until December when they decided to change it, and then in February when they finally made the deal with KitKat they did so privately, maintained the internal codename of Key Lime Pie, and allowed most of their employees to believe that was still going to be the name. This is all pretty well-publicized.

      • Nick

        Uhh, it has LONG been referred to KLP internally. Filings, code, icons, etc... the KitKat name change was very recently made known.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    I'm down for a gray color scheme. The blue color scheme is geting a bit stale now that it's been in existence for 2 years.

  • PrDawg

    HaHaa. Grey works but white would be better. That way I don't have to change threshold when I theme it and make any color. Saves a step. lol

  • Levi Wilcox

    I doubt that KLP debugging icon will make it into the final build.

  • Marcell LĂ©vai

    Personally, I hope that Android will undergo the same redesign as the the Google logo and search homepage and other pages. I really like this totally flat, minimalistic approach :)

    • dtraini30

      Not many will agree with you, but I certainly do.

    • omegavesko

      Hasn't Android already been flat and minimalistic since ICS..?

  • robert

    I'm hoping they fix the navbar that's it, like how some apps turn the navbar icons into dots that is annoying and ugly

    • miri

      You mean lights out mode (where the soft keys fade into dots so as to make the nav bar less distracting; usually triggers with games, reader apps, cameras, etc.)? I like that feature.

      • robert

        Yes, I've never liked it, to me it was ugly looking I would rather just see the icons as normal or some kind of auto hide feature for apps and swipe up to bring back navbar, but that won't kill my experience it's just a minor annoyance

      • unsivilaudio

        I concur. Neat? Yes. Waste of screen real-estate? Definitely.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      Strange, I think that's one of the smartest things they did with the softkeys. I like it.

  • Testraindrop

    Grey/White is just so Froyo -.-

    HoloBlue or ThemeEngine plz Google...

    • Thomas’

      Blue is so Honeycomb-Tron'ish.

  • BiggiePhat

    KitKat will be released / announced on 10/07...because the clock in that screenshot says 10:07. I believe everything Google does and posts has a meaning.

    • SpicyPixel

      Yeah, I'm in agreement

  • vs8

    The status bar shouldn't be the story here. That keyboard looks way different than the current one and has secondary rows on every key (like the one on CyanogenMod).

    Edit: I wonder why they didn't put the "@" on the "a" key. Makes more sense that way.

    • Floski

      It's the Korean keyboard. It looks different from the stock english one.

      • vs8

        Thanks!

        I like having those secondary keys, makes typing so much better.

  • CuriousCursor

    DAMNIT GOOGLE!! STILL NO "AM/PM". I sound like an old man repeating the same quirks >_<

    Also, that looks like a slice of Key Lime Pie instead of KitKat :D

    • tyressethewhiteguy

      lol just look outside the window maybe?

      • Nick

        Right? When was the last time someone got 3pm and 3am confused?

    • Humberto Hernandez

      Unless you live in a cave, it's useless the am/pm.

    • Freak4Dell

      Damn, I never even noticed that the AM/PM thing was part of custom ROMs and not stock Android. It's not really needed, but I love having it there.

  • miri

    Who wants to bet that the neutral icon color means the whole status bar will change color?

  • someone755

    WHITE PLUS KEY LIME PIE!
    ULTIMATE CAUSE FOR BUYING THE N5!

  • ashish

    I believe it will make status bar icon to grey or white whatever it is. However there should be indicator for data connection status. Am and pm is not necessary in notification. However I liked the 4.1.2 time, day month and year when swipe down.

    • ashisb

      It will stream line all the icons under notifications as white

  • Simon Belmont

    The grayish white for the status bar is kind of dull. I hope they at least give us the option to customize the color, as I prefer the cyan color they've been using since Android 4.0.

    The leaked N5 photo showed blue still being used in some instances, so maybe the Google services just aren't synced in this screenshot above. That's what I'm hoping.

    • Crispin Swickard

      Might be a decent change the N5 only had 4.3 on it though, so it might not mean much that it was blue.

      • Simon Belmont

        We actually don't know for sure if that was Android 4.3. It could have been KitKat (the non-bold font on the clock widget is different from stock Android 4.3, for example).

        I'm not saying I hate the gray, but I really like the Holo cyan blue. It may all end up being moot when we see KitKat and it looks great with the gray, or this was just an earlier build.

        • Crispin Swickard

          I realize the clock widget didn't have the bold, but it doesn't mean they didn't have dashclock installed, or anything either. It maybe jumping to conclusions on my behalf that it was still 4.3, but I saw no reason other than a to assume it was not either. The boot image is easily swapped, and a blue signal meter can be seen on the bar video.

          Also to say that they could both be 4.4, and different builds which may be an even more likely case.

          I mean not to argue. Its all wild speculation as normal with this sorta thing. ;)

          I for one would love they get rid of the bold time. 90% of the reason I have Dashclock is since I think it it looks terrible. Good riddance if that's the case. It looks very unprofessional on certain times on the clock app when using a timer, and numbers overlap.

  • usaff22

    Gone already.

  • Gordon Lutz

    Shouldn't it be a "KitKat" debug icon? Or is that still in the works of being changed, like the name was?

  • Joey Colclough

    Gladly go with grey especially on amoled screens, used Cyanogenmod for 2 months on my Note 2 and it left screen burn on the notification bar

  • Colin

    Where's the #HOLO? :(

  • mydroidhaswood

    This is so revolutionary. Makes me so excited for the next Android release.

    ...

    ._.

  • ConCal

    I smell a theme engine.

  • simp1istic

    Don't take my cyan!

  • Jooyoung Hong

    OMG I've been asking for this update for a long time now...
    korean keyboard hasn't been updated since ICS days.. hoping for gesture keyboard?

  • Xemion

    they removed it!

  • Rabid Rotty

    Test post

  • Ray

    Not a fan of the grey.

  • Jeremy626

    I don't like it at all

  • Guest

    Google has now removed several pictures from the app in the play store including the picture with the key lime pie icon lol.

  • MvP77

    10.07 is the time. Dies this mean they will announce in October 7th?

  • Phil Erskine

    Good, I would like to like the blue icons but it just doesn't work with a lot of customisations. I had to make my own white icons in photoshop and it was a bitch to get them installed.

  • Yash Raj Chhabra

    does the leaked nexus 5 video also has this grey icons? I cant see it properly .

  • wlmeng11

    #33B5E5 replaced by #C0C0C0
    KitKat: COCOA

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Please, transparent nav/status bars!

    It makes the screen look bigger!

  • Ashish

    Woah it has been removed i believe. Since I can't find it now.

  • Alan

    The first thing I thought when I saw that keyboard was that Chrome is now available for Windows RT!!!

  • bobby.tables

    My bet is on white/gray with red accents. Why? Because they used that in the clock app in 4.2+. Design-wise the app stands out so much from the rest that I always thought it must be some kind of preview.

  • manipulator

    Rumors says the devices with kit-kat installed,will be able to detect levels of humidity and increase waterproof capabilities.

  • Nexus1

    What a fake! As usual wannabe devs do shotty work and you all accept it like it's chocolate milk!! Look at that debug icon!? You teally think Googles team drew that up?!? Come on really?!?!

  • http://www.prismetric.com/ App Development Company

    I am looking to get upgrade my android system into Kitkat 4.4. I hope that would be amazing UI as iOS 7 has already discovered. ALL SMARTPHONE OS GETTING FLAT UI DESIGN............

  • impu153

    I'm hoping for a flatter design and the removal of ALL traces of tron-ish Honeycomb colors.

  • swlee

    FINALLY they are getting rid of the ugly cyan colour theme. This was the only reason why I installed custom roms on my nexus 4 and 7 to install themes. Much cleaner and elegant looking themes.

    I hope they bring transparent status bar as well in home screen and lock screen.

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