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Earlier today, we received a few emails from a tipster claiming to be running a build of the much-hyped and hotly anticipated Android 4.4 KitKat. I'll cut straight to the chase – we're pretty sure they're not real.

The photos we were provided show an alleged KitKat home screen, messaging app, dialer app, and "about" screen, each with their own design tweaks that, pretty or not, likely won't be showing up in official Android any time soon. First, let's take an overall look at the shots we received.

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Let's break this down, starting from the left.

The Home Screen

The home screen shot shows a familiar 4.2 stock wallpaper, Google Search widget, and some atypical icons for typical Google apps including Hangouts, Play Music, Chrome, Messaging, and Phone. There's honestly not too much to talk about here except the translucent dock and redesigned icons, all of which are flat except for hard, angular shadows which look at least a little bit in line with Google's visual asset guidelines. That said, they just don't seem particularly Googly.

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The Play Music icon looks similar to its current design (featuring criss-crossing gradients common in Play imagery), but like the other icons is significantly flatter. The Chrome icon is totally flattened out, the Phone icon is likewise flat save for a two-tone palette to preserve depth, and the Messaging icon has problems of its own.

Chiefly, it's completely unbalanced. The visual weight of the point on the word bubble is absolutely miniscule compared to the massive bubble itself, which is occupied by two and a half white lines and a substantial expanse of blank space. Oh, and there's a substantially more cartoony and spaced-out app drawer icon.

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The status bar also has red icons for some reason. Presumably, this is meant to match the wallpaper, but the decision to keep a solid (or nearly solid) status bar with red (or transparent?) icons along with a translucent nav bar with white icons is questionable. It's also worth noting that in the video we saw the other day, the status icons were white, though the phone in the video sported the same wallpaper, and was also plugged in.

The Dialer

Next up is the Dialer app. There isn't much to point to on this screen that would immediately raise suspicion – most of the design choices here are actually plausible. The magnifying glass icon is tweaked from its current state (with a less-pronounced handle), but the phone, clock, and people icons are consistent, as is number placement.

What makes me suspicious about this screen, though, is how its status bar and nav bar compare to the other screens, specifically Messaging. In the dialer app, we see a solid black nav bar and translucent black status bar over a blue background to match the app's own palette.

In the messaging app, the nav bar is translucent and the status bar is opaque green to match the rest of the app.

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While my personal design opinion may be immaterial in this case, I can't help but doubt that Google would implement a color- and transparency-changing status bar that's so inconsistent. Nor do I think that a translucent nav bar makes sense in an app with vertically scrolling content – if content isn't blocked from scrolling behind the nav bar, it makes a total mess, and if it is, the status bar is basically just gray tinted with whatever color is in the background of the app itself. Google Keep does have a transparent action bar, but I think we can trust Google to keep basic system navigation cohesive.

Messaging

Speaking of the Messaging app, notice anything familiar? Yes, the one and only Mr. Jingles makes a cameo in the Messaging app in the alleged 4.4 photos. Why would he be in the Messaging app? That's a good question. Jingles is a creation of the Google+ team, so it seems very unlikely that he'd wander into an Android system app. In his own words, Mr. Jingles is "the G+ Notifications 'mascot'."

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Besides that, this app contains the same general iconography of Android 4.3, but action bar icons seem a bit bolder, and – again – the magnifying glass is just a stick, without the defined grip it sports currently.

About Device

The About Device screen gives us a flat Settings icon, which isn't too surprising. We also have the usual lineup – Model number (Nexus 4), Android Version (4.4), Baseband, Kernel version, and Build number. Of this information, I can only definitively comment that the build number does in fact align with a real date – August 31st. The Kernel was supposedly built August 30th, so those two items seem to align. This information isn't hard to fake, but it's also not the most apparently suspicious element of the photos.

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The Small Stuff

There are a couple of other small points that seem fishy. Chief among them is the status bar (again). The other day, we saw a Keyboard screenshot with what we think are the white icons of Android 4.4, plus a Key Lime Pie debugging icon. The shots we saw today have a totally different (narrow) WiFi icon, and a KitKat debug icon that consists of an uninspired four bars and a K. You might notice that the Nexus 4 in these shots is not plugged in.

When asked, the tipster either evaded requests to pull down the status bar or to specify whether the device was debugging wirelessly, so we can't exactly explain the icon.

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The K icon being a debugging indicator would be, as one reader points out, suspicious since the KitKat name was announced September 3rd and the keyboard screenshot was published on the 20th, while the build running on this phone was supposedly built August 30th.

We haven't seen anything that actually looks like a phone signal icon yet, so no definitive comment can be made on that front.

Finally, the one piece of evidence that convinces me these shots aren't the real deal:

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A back button that isn't missing two pixels where the point meets the rest of the icon … Just kidding, Google has probably fixed this in KitKat (I hope).

So What Are We Looking At?

It's hard to say. When pressed for more answers, our tipster quit responding. Our guesses range from full-screen mockups to some sort of custom ROM, but what we're really seeing is unknowable without further input from the tipster. Whatever the case, we're pretty sure these aren't real.

Final Thoughts

David learned his lesson the last time he made a definitive statement about the next iteration of Android, even if that lesson was delicious. Having witnessed that, I have to say I'm a little wary of closing the book on this one so early.

That said, I am almost certain these aren't the real thing. If I am wrong and all of these screens reflect real features of Android 4.4 (unpredictable technicolor status icons, inconsistent navigation, random K icon, Jingles in Messaging, AND completely flat system icons), I think it's fair to expect some kind of consequence. Smashing a KitKat into my face doesn't seem very compelling, so I was thinking maybe something more interesting. I welcome ideas in the comments.

Either way, we (hopefully) shouldn't have too long to wait before seeing the real deal.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Stacey Liu

    Real or not, that is a nice looking dialer.

    • Rubin

      I love that dialer, but the circle just looks out of place.

    • discovery

      The dialer looks like it belongs to the Skype app! I thought I was looking at an updated app.

    • EH101

      For some reason I read this as Eddie Murphy as Donkey in Shrek.

      "I like that dialer. That is a nice dialer."

    • Carlos Paixao

      The dialer is tacky.

      The Dialer app looks like fancy themed, I didnt like it. I look for something new, not something old but themed with vivid colors and a circle in the middle.

    • Ezzy

      Someone actually uses the stock apps?

      • Epic Tea

        uh duh, maybe not the stock look but the actual apps themselves yes i don;t know how you could own an android devices and not use google's apps. Although the ones I use are similar but more flat currently using a Holo icon pack.

        • Ezzy

          The dialer isn't a "google app" per se, you can swap it out without losing anything and gaining a whole lot.

    • http://about.me/evanjacobs Evan Jacobs

      It looks like a robin's egg to me. Not a fan.

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

      Too bad it's 100% fake.

  • David J

    I think it's real

  • efbenson

    I really feel the detail of your reporting is wasted just covering android. Wish there was quality like this in everything I read. :)

    • Ivan Myring

      Android And DSLR Police FTW

    • RajivSK

      I agree completely. I found myself taking this for granted, but after seeing every other site just accepting these images as truths, without any question of their legitimacy, I had to come back here and give props to Android Police's high standard of quality. Even if these do turn out to be real, which I feel is unlikely, this was still the most detailed article about them.

  • Lupe Fiasco

    The things that threw up the warning signs to me is the Kit Kat Icon, the Status Bar Icons, and the Big Dial Button in the Dialer.

    I would feel the Kit Kat debugging Icon would have a little bit more Android Influence in the design other than the word Kit Kat spelled across non stop on the 4 pieces of Kit Kat.

    As for the dialer it looks legit but I don't know. It just seems odd that Google would implement a button like that onto the Action Bar like that.

    The designs look good for the most part, but I highly doubt there Android 4.4.

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

      The USB debugging icon that's up without USB connected was the biggest red flag for me.

      I tried to bring it up, but the tipster said he didn't know why the symbol is there and turn said it doesn't appear when you pull down the notification bar. That doesn't make sense.

      • Lupe Fiasco

        The fact that he didn't reply is a big warning flag to me, Obviously if he's not willing to provide more info about it, it basically gives off that it's a fake flag.

        • Anthony

          Or he could be a Googler that got spooked. We can't read much into this.

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

          He basically avoided every question that I asked and sent the last 2 shots as "proof" that this is legit, both of which don't really prove anything and are very easy to fake. Then he went quiet.

          We went through similar paces last time around - fakers ping a few sites and see who bites.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            Let's all have a moment to remember the Sony Nexus X.

          • RitishOemraw

            The Sony thing was an obvious fake (did anyone ever believe that it was real?), this has some chance of being real, although I highly doubt it.

          • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

            We were pretty quick to doubt it, but it definitely wasn't the most obvious fake I've ever seen and I think quite a few people absolutely believed it. And I agree, there is some chance somewhere out there of these being real, I just don't think they are.

          • RitishOemraw

            Maybe I was late to the party then, because I mostly saw people saying: If only this were true
            I liked the design and I agreed with them that I wished they were true, but knew that they weren't

          • tym0

            I just want to point out that the magnifying glass icon that bothers you is the one used in google keep (weirdly enough it only appear like that on my phone but not on my tablet...).
            And why do you think the nav bar is translucent? It could be just grey...

      • Roh_Mish

        Wireless debugging

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

          The tipster said he didn't know why it was there, which indicates that either it wasn't debugging at all or that he's faking the whole thing.

          • Roh_Mish

            Could be. But to me even the debugging icon looks fake.

    • tylerbrainerd

      The dialer button seems suspicious. I love how the dialer looks, and wouldn't mind using it, but I don't believe that Google would have such a departure after having to work so hard to get people to use consistent buttons.

      • Roh_Mish

        The dialler looks beautiful and good. Great departure from the current one. And except the call button, i like it

  • JonJJon

    You know what? You touched on a very important point here. The fact that the back button has finally been fixed. Be fake or not, Google had better fix this little annoyance as since it was pointed out to me, it has become all to easy to see :(

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

      Have any of the custom ROMs fixed it? CM, PA, AOKP? Anyone have them handy?

      • andy_o

        I'm running CM10.2, I don't think it's there, and I didn't notice it either when it was pointed out the first time in that linked post.

      • Matt

        AOKP still has the back button problem, but you can also set a custom icon and theoretically fill in the pixels.

      • Flame Blade

        Nexus 4 with cm10.2 here and it is fixed.

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

          Thank you.

      • Roh_Mish

        There in my pa 3.99.1

    • Nick

      I havd no idea what you're talking about. What is wrong with the back button?

  • Maddoggin

    I hope these are not real! Please don't let them be real! This will definitely cause some unfortunate consequences!

  • pelupi

    very similar to Paranoid ROM

  • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

    Icons seem to be from this theme: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.unseenvision.mnml
    The huge dial button reminded me of Foursquare.
    I thought Mr. Jingles meant some Hangouts integration.
    I did the KWS62 math too, and noticed the “wireless” debug.
    Colored status bars are a Paranoid Android ROM feature.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The Chrome icon looks similar to what you linked, but I'm not sure about the others. My bet is this is at least based on a custom ROM, if these aren't just mockups at full screen.

      • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

        I’d recognize that phone icon anywhere. I didn’t like the theme because it was too flat.

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

      IMO this is a custom ROM.

      • http://ignaciozippy.com/ Ignacio Zippy

        It must be, Paranoid probably.

      • dfvdsvs

        Than give me a link, I want to install it! :)

        • squiddy20

          If we knew, it wouldn't be a mystery if this is indeed 4.4 or not...

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    This is SO real. I wouldn't be surprised if Google did this. The icons will become flat, not according to the Android guidelines, but to the GOOGLE guidelines.

    There were rumors that you could change the status bar icon colors.

    Phone dialer and messaging looks great. I don't see anything wrong with Jingles coming here. It seems plausible.

    • Nick

      My only thought was they're integrating G+ messaging like iOS does with iMessages

      • Zieen

        I want this to be the case. I want real 'unified' messaging like they touted prior to Hangouts rebranding/release. As a Verizon user, I hate the 160~? character limit on CDMA phones. It's too hard to get 90% of people to use something alternative, but if people with Android phones had this integration, I'd like to think it would allow me to get around this. I'd assume if they added this sort of integration, it would turn into a standalone app like the keyboard (at least I hope).

        • Joris Griffioen

          If it's unified, then why is there a seperate messaging app?

          It will be unified when we have one app, one list of contacts and no worry whatsoever about what the medium is that is used to get your message to the other person's phone.

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

      You're bound to be disappointed.

    • RitishOemraw

      Are you the anonymous tipster trying to defend/explain 'your work'?

      • TheFirstUniverseKing

        That's immediately what I thought.

    • Maxim∑

      just remember where the adaptive status bar originally came from when 4.4 is out.

      • Sahil Chaturvedi

        You're referring to PA?

  • aNYthing6

    I don't know. These actually seem kind of real.

    • BaconEater
    • tylerbrainerd

      I'm thinking the status bar and status icons change colors to suit onscreen palette? The red would be reflecting the wallpaper, switching to white in app.

      Or something.

      I could totally accept that as being the new messaging icon were it not for the fact that it's so different from the current hangouts icon while using some of the same G+ look.

  • Justin W

    I just want to point out that Google isn't the king of consistency here... Have you checked out the back button recently?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      http://developer.android.com/design/patterns/navigation.html

      Google does have a basic outline of how the back button is supposed to work. The problem is that it's too messy and often confusing for users, or implemented improperly.

      • Joris Griffioen

        Could be extremely easily fixed: change the icon when you will leave the app.

        Remember that crisscrossing arrow you once showed as a joke? THAT should be shown when you will switch apps, otherwise the regular back button.

        Sure that won't solve the rabbit hole you'll go down once you start going back, but at least you'll know what's going to happen when.

  • Zargh

    1/2: What if the translucency is controlled by the app, and the Homescreen and Dialler haven't set that flag yet? Completely explains the inconsistency, since they can't just turn it on automatically willy nilly for compatibility reasons.

    3. Didn't you know Chrome blue notification counter has long been replaced by Mr. Jingles in non-stable builds?: https://plus.google.com/100132233764003563318/posts/YKGerTjzRLV

    If he's become Google's universal symbol for notifications, it wouldn't be out place.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I wouldn't exactly call that "clear" just yet. The bell icon is used in unstable builds, sure, but that by no means makes it final. Remember the favicon overlay for tabs that were playing audio?

      • Lupe Fiasco

        The thing for me is Mr. Jingles is a Google Notifier Mascot, that's it. What place would he have on Android, let alone the messaging app? I would assume that they would use an Android Figure instead of Mr. Jingles.

        • Shichun Zhang

          Google hangout

        • Guest

          Yo assume wrong.

          • Guest

            you assume wrong.

      • https://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

        Mr. Jingles is now in the beta release of Chrome, it's no longer an experiment.

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          I might be mistaken about this, but I think the favicon overlay made it up to beta as well, but was ultimately changed to the "play" symbol. Not saying the bell won't make it, but I'm not counting on it.

          • https://abrah.am/ Abraham Williams

            As far as I remember the favicon animation never made it out from behind a flag. I could be wrong about that though.

    • miri

      Technically it's just a bell, the universal notification icon.

  • gogobarril

    i wonder why they cant take decent screen captures... not using a crappy camera

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The thought process was likely that photos would add more of a realness factor to the images, since screenshots are so easy to fake. That said, putting a screenshot on a device and taking a photo requires only marginally more effort.

      • gogobarril

        true, maybe they can do both haha that would add more realness

    • Stacey Liu

      They probably took those pictures with a Nexus 4. -.-

  • miri

    I like the idea of the status bar themed to not quite blend in with, but accent the action bar/theme. Also, if these screenshots have any merit, it's interesting that the messaging and dialer apps don't use the holo color palette, but Google's...

  • Sam Hollis

    Please be real.

    • MannyLegacy

      LMFAO!!

  • Metallinatus

    Dat two pixels.... D:

  • Chris

    Pretty sure these are real.

  • Flame Blade

    why did you not do a stock android isn't perfect for 4.3 yet?

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      As you may have heard, the previous author of that series (Ron Amadeo) landed a gig at Ars Technica. We haven't made plans for it yet, but with his permission I'd be glad to take up the mantle.

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

        Starting with 4.4 perhaps, that's a good idea.

        • Albert E. Gator

          Would love to see this series make a comeback with 4.4. I think it is a great series of articles, period. But, in addition, Googlers have made references to reading those articles and taking the feedback into consideration.

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Well, that looks nice...

    To close to the Craig concept to be true...

    Maybe they are fake =(

    or maybe not...

  • Jose Torres

    Time goes from 13:27 on some shots then 01:57, 02:10 on others?

    • Joris Griffioen

      That's actually more realistic than fake. If it were a photoshop the time would be the same or closer..

      • Jose Torres

        I just found it odd that it took 1/2 hour to take the 1st pic, then the other.

        • Joris Griffioen

          But if you're gonna fake it, why purposefully put such a weird gap in?

  • Stocklone

    I remember reading an article where the author absolutely convinced that the leaks to the HTC One and no shot in hell where the design leaks of HTC's next phone. They went through point by point why HTC wouldn't make something as ugly as this. Of course, they were just line drawings and you really couldn't see the beauty of the One at that point. Of course the line drawings turned out to be absolutely true and I imagine the author learned a valuable lesson in debunking leaks. I do hope Liam is right though. I think Google nailed the perfect middle ground between completely flat and full blown 3D already. Matias is a brillaint designer. I don't see him doing something so trendy.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Have a link handy? I'd be interested to read the breakdown. That said, we have something more substantial than line drawings to go on in this instance, so I'm pretty confident this isn't Android 4.4.

      • Stocklone

        I've tried searching a bunch on Google and cannot find the article. I cannot even remember which site is was. There is just too much written about the M7 leaks. I wish I would've bookmarked it so I could have at least posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX7wtNOkuHo in the comments after the One came out. :)

  • Danny

    I think this implementation of the top bar changing colors with each app would explain why all of google's apps have been moving to a plain gray header.

  • vs8

    This screams Paranoid Android.

  • http://www.hacktabs.com/ Anoop Sudhakaran

    Kitkat has 3.4.0 Kernel? Isn't it supposed to have an updated kernel which supports low memory devices?

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

      Yeah, I definitely expect something higher.

      • Joris Griffioen

        Maybe not updated yet?

      • Russ

        Not necessarily... Galaxy Nexus kernel has been 3.0 since it was released. Nexus 4 has been on 3.4 since it was released.

    • Simon Belmont

      Don't they normally stick with the kernel version that that handset started out with in most cases. For example, my Galaxy Nexus started with 3.0.x and has stuck with that from ICS 4.0 to Jelly Bean 4.3 and my 2012 N7 started with 3.1.x and has stuck with that from Jelly Bean 4.1 through 4.3.

      I suppose you could be right in this case, though. A lower memory kernel will probably be in order for all the currently supported Nexus devices.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        Absolutely correct.

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      Depends on the device. The kernel version on the Nexus 4 will probably stay on 3.4. This is common on all Google-updated devices. For instance, Google never updated the Motorola Xoom's kernel past 2.6, even for the Jelly Bean builds, while the Galaxy Nexus ran much higher versions. Kernels are device-specific, not ROM/platform specific.

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly. You and I are on the same page, my friend.

        Ironically, I have a good friend named Shawn. Haha.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          I just like the fact that you take on the name of the hero of Castlevania. :D

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah! One of my favorite (if not THE favorite) classic gaming franchises.

            Nice to meet a fellow fan on an Android site. Right on!

      • http://www.hacktabs.com/ Anoop Sudhakaran

        I came to this conclusion as many blogs have reported that an updated kernel might be used with Kitkat, Maybe Nexus 5 will be the first to have it. Respect your insights! :)

    • kuttor

      Exactly what I was thinking... All reports lean towards 3.8 being used, since it has lower memory requirements (on par with making the KitKat experience, available to all phones).

  • lemcott

    the status bar changes color depending on the app, and the icons indicate battery level (red - low and charging (animated charging battery screencapped at full), white - >50% on battery, blue - >80% on battery)

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      The battery icon looks white to me in all shots except that of the home screen where it is charging. The battery level is solid white and the rest of the battery icon appears translucent.

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

      This has custom ROM written all over it - no way Duarte would have done it this way. Plus, a whole subset of the icons changes color, but not all of them and not just the battery icon. This doesn't make sense.

  • Tim Harper

    Smashing a blended kit Kat pie in your face :)

    • Cherokee4Life

      How about a Kit Kat.... i don't know what would be nasty with a Kit Kat lol

      you know i just thought of, why has nobody made a Kit Kat smore before?? 2 kitkats with a marshmallow in between. I'm doing that this weekend!

  • Mohammed Kamareddine

    looking good though

  • Nomaan

    The status bar icons will be transparent when not connected to google. Once its synced and connected to google they go solid white.........just a guess.

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

      Light gray when connected, dark gray when not.

      • Roh_Mish

        It will be too much confusing. The current implimentation of blue/grey is the best

  • Ray

    Maybe Messaging will became one with Hangouts which is why Mr Jingles appears in there. Finally SMS and Hangouts integration perhaps?

    • casey

      Then why would there be a hangouts shortcut on the homescreen?

  • Alan

    Looks legit, but I was expecting the settings menus to be switched over to holo light, as it seems everything is moving that way.

  • ralph

    Weird.

    Has not the long term supported kernel linux version 3.10 been released already ?

    I was expecting it to appear with android kitkat (key lime pie) 4.4 ?

  • David Nguyen

    I'm going to say that this is Kit Kat 4.4. The time is almost near for a new version of the nexus and leaks (which we've seen plenty). I still remember when ICS was "accidentally" leaked and no one believed it and called the screen shots fake and a sham when it was actually the real ICS layout. Once the leak is out.. it's out.. not a whole lot of changes done. things are more minimal and change the icons up a bit.

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

      Except we got the ICS shots from a much more reliable source. This is literally someone nobody's ever heard of sending in a few fake pics to a few blogs.

      • Roh_Mish

        If i remember correctly the first screenshots / photo / video was from a guy who bought the nexus S and the 4.0.2 installation came with it.

  • http://www.ubuntouch-fr.org/ Arnaud René Ober

    Too bad. :( I like these photos. Icons on docks are very good for me. :) And color statusbar is good for me too!

  • Sevag Aguehian

    I believe this is real. I don't know how he got it but good for him.

  • Eran

    I think you just showed others how to fool you guys in the future...

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

      There's always a tell.

      Also, we tend to not trust previously unconfirmed tipsters.

  • Ivan Myring

    Congrats, man. Good article, well and truly debunked

  • GazaIan

    I like this, a lot. I hope it's real.

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

    One of our sources that has been accurate in the past has reached out to us and confirmed that these are fake. This isn't a 100% refutal, but it makes me more confident now in our conclusion.

    • TY

      While some of the arguments in this article is not strong enough to convince to to disbelieve it, the behaviour of the tipster certainly makes this very suspicious. Thank you AP actually trying to confirm the validity.

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

        I think we can all agree this has been confirmed as a fake now, right?

        • TY

          Riiiiiight. AP <3

    • Epic Tea

      thank goodness, i wish they would just let us customize the system UI and leave it as is. Everything else is already customizable, so making drastic changes isn't really necessary in my mind, unless they really have something that will greatly improve the look and function stock android, i like this look im using now...

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.razerx.theme.blueinfinitumfree&hl=en

  • tym0

    I like it but play music is not part of the os if it was a dogfooded version of 4.4 it doesn't make sense that play music would have a different icon.

  • Paul Henschel

    This is old ParanoidAndroid or a PA based rom. It even 'features' that one bug we had in it a while ago where the clock would not pick up the color and remains white.

    • Ahmed Faiz

      certainly looks pa with some ui work. ;). i am expecting some new style of existing ui design.

    • Jason Reynolds

      someone had to do some layout work for the dialer to get it to theme like that then. theme engine can't do that....

  • jTc42

    Possibly a massively incorrect observation but if this was built on August 31st then it was before the KitKat announcement. I thought the idea was it was referred to as KLP right up until the announcement to keep it from leaking. So this should still be a KLP build rather than a KitKat build...

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

      Where is there a reference to KitKat though? I mean, I know the K at the top left doesn't match the key lime pie icon we've already seen, but the phone isn't plugged in, so it's not USB debugging.

      • jTc42

        It's a K in front of four KitKat looking sticks, I just assumed it was supposed to be the alleged debugging icon. The tipster claimed it was debugging wirelessly so it wouldn't need to be plugged in to show the icon, and assuming they are fakes made since the KitKat announcement, it would make sense for the person who made them to come up with a KitKat debugging icon if they didn't realize the difference in time between this apparent build and the announcement.

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

          Where'd you get that the tipster said it was debugging wirelessly? To us, the tipster said they had no idea what the icon was doing, and the entry for it wasn't showing up when you pull down the notification.

          And I understand what you're saying, but technically it's just a letter K. It could be referring to KLP just as much as KK.

          • jTc42

            I could have /sworn/ I saw something about wireless debugging. Ah well my bad! That's true, but it just seems a bit of a coincidence that a KitKat styled K sitting on top of 4 KitKat looking bars which could easily be a KitKat debugging icon is sat where the debugging icon would be, on alleged KitKat screenshots. All I was saying is this looks like an attempt at a KitKat debugging icon but if the build is apparently from pre-announcement, it should still be KLP (where you'd expect an icon that looks like a piece of LKP more than a KitKat).

      • jTc42

        Also the styling of the K matches up with the first K in the KitKat logo, though in my opinion the 4 KitKat sticks is a bigger giveaway.

  • Dave

    I'm just hoping that they use Roboto Condensed as the main system font :-)

  • David Dudovitz

    Fake or not, the dialer is the only app remaining that doesn't match Google's new Holo Light focused redesigns lately, and still looks like it belongs in Honeycomb. I hope that changes I KitKat.

  • jTc42

    I thought these looked familiar!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBL43tr8Gt0

    • Bleakvision

      All the proposed concepts in this mockup are terrible.

  • Paul Tobeck

    If this isn't real, I'll eat a KitKat live on the podcast.

  • Sahil Chaturvedi

    Is it just me, or is the gradient in the settings also gone? (apologies if you have already reported on this, and I glanced over it)

  • Eric Kolibas

    The noted 2 pixel blemish in back button CAN'T UNSEE! :/

  • du zoon

    Who cares

  • Dozie

    Think its legit.. Messaging Makes sense.. 4.4 should merge hangouts and text to form an apple like "imessage/text" combo.. so makes sense for android team and google+ team to be working together.. Dialer looks amazing..

  • psych2l

    Isn't one of the rumored features the ability to change theme colors? Perhaps that's why the status bar icons are red, the tipster set it that way

  • Scott Hendry

    if he evaded requests to show different parts of the OS, that was the only clue you needed to know this isn't real. cool ideas though.

  • Simon Belmont

    I'll be honest (yes, I realize these pictures are probably fake). I prefer the sexy black and cyan dialer that I have on my G'Nex now.

    I know Google is headed for that white Holo UI, but I like the darker theme and I wish it actually extended to the current contacts app. Just an opinion.

  • Shichun Zhang

    The message apparently is actually legit: remember the hangout and SMS intergration they were talking about? Hangout is a part of g+ team right?

  • Jeffrey Heesch

    Mr. Jingles could appear in the messaging application if they end up merging it with Hangouts.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      To my knowledge, Jingles doesn't show up in Hangouts, only in Google+ notifications.

  • Nick Boone

    The icons look suspiciously like the holo icons theme pack that you can get for custom launchers.

  • gargi

    Messaging app: Assuming this is real, Google again chose to move the action bar to the top (like the new Gmail). While this saves space, I think that it is a poor decision given the large screens of today. Moving the action buttons to the top prevents single handed use of the device forcing us to use two hands with these big screens. I prefer the ability to use the phone with one hand to gaining another line of on-screen info.

  • Miah

    Fugly!

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Whether these are real or not, this guy clearly has something nobody else does. Take a look at the baseband version and kernel info. The kernel info would be a lot of trouble to fake and the baseband version (.94) has never been seen in the wild before. Baseband versions are hard to fake as well. I don't know what to believe here, but based on that about screen, these can't be written off entirely.

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

      A few minutes in Photoshop - done.

      • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

        If these were actual screenshots from the device, I'd totally agree with you. It'd be really hard to Photoshop that in on pictures of the device. Seems like an awful lot of trouble.

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

          Step 1. Take a screenshot on the device.
          Step 2. Edit the screenshot and change whatever you want.
          Step 3. Display the screenshot on the device.
          Step 4. Take a photo.

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Fair enough.

  • Andrew Wacker

    Anyone else notice the debugging icon is on in the settings picture but no USB cable is plugged in?

  • Bleakvision

    Looks ugly alright. Ugly is all the rage in UI design right now. I say it's legit.

  • Roh_Mish

    If these leaks are right then google removed the Dialpad autocomplete feature from the dialer as the ui dosent seems to be made with that in mind.

  • Armando

    I think just like lot of you, it seems way too inconsistent to have such a huge button in the Action Bar. The main idea, originally, was to use the bottom Action Bar as a way to deal with so many icons at the top. Kinda to keep it clean instead of cluttered. Having that button there kinda breaks that purpose.

    • Freak4Dell

      The button is already giant in the current dialer. It's just that the entire bar is giant along with it, so the button itself doesn't stand out as much as it does in these new shots.

  • Rabid Rotty

    If you loom at the pic with the about device menu, you will see the corners are rounded and not 90° corners. This is photo shopped.

  • Guest

    I just found it odd that it took 1/ hour to take the 1st pic, then the other

  • Harsh

    One point that convinces me the most that these are fake
    "Kit Kat was announced on Sep 2." Even Google employees didn't know that 4.4's gonna be called Kitkat untill the news was out.
    So, how can the debug icon be Kitkat on a build that is Aug 31!!

  • jeremy

    I was thinking this earlier. I thought it was so cool that shots of android leaked. That never happens. Google is horrible at keeping devices hidden they always leak, but I can't think of any version of android that actually showed off the new UI like this before an official launch. Im still really hoping Google does something new with the appearance of the apps and launcher. This however is probably not going to be it.

  • Taufiq Rahman

    Well the new Google logo is also flat..

  • Harsh Zaveri

    Missed the main point the Android Kitkat is said to have a kernel version 3.8 which is going to allow it a better compatibility with low powered devices.
    Check the kernel version in image.

  • EveryTom

    Now please dump it. I want it so bad now!

  • BiggiePhat

    This article is funny. You never take into account that KitKat is a WIP. The inconsistencies you mention are obviously because of the WIP status.

  • mikeym0p

    The dialer is fugly, the circle is out of place and the tabs would look better if they matched the status bar IMO. I was hoping the dialer would reflect more of the GW lock screen.

    I think it's the grey pane that contrasts so much with the rest of the dialer activity that bothers me so much.

  • KingRando

    I'm gonna have to disagree with AP here and say that these are legitimate screenshots.

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

      Two reliable sources now said this was fake to me. I'm going to stick to that for now.

      • KingRando

        Seems like a lot of effort to fake and the notification color customizations add up.

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

          Notification color customizations add up with what? A random rumor that someone started? The only thing we've seen is the light gray color in the notification bar - anything else is baseless speculation right now.

          "Seems like a lot of effort" - not a lot if a custom ROM already does it for you, and plus, when it comes to getting everyone to post fakes, you need to put some work into them.

          • KingRando

            I'll eat my own dick if I'm wrong

          • maena

            You owe us one dick-eating session sir.

  • Danny Alvarez

    I photoshopped the pixels on my back button back and changed the icon on mine... c:

  • Herry Susanto

    Apparently it's not the DROID we're looking for

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Aw, I don't want the icons to be white. Cyan FTW!

  • Guest

    In the About Phone pic the kernel version has the full month spelled out. As far as I know, only the first three letters of the month are put there.

  • Epic Tea

    looks like holo icon pack I am currently using in Nova launcher.

  • http://www.thenexttechblog.blogspot.com/ Christopher Ballenger

    I really like the look!

  • google tipster

    so in android 4.4 there is a deeper integration of G+ and system app .. For messages on the latest build , you will be using google hangouts to send messages and all your contacts will be backed up to g+

  • Terr

    Actually it was fake :-D now we're seeing what 4.4 really looks like.