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The KitKat leaks are in full force now and are starting to show up almost daily. Today's offering comes from ZDNet, where they've gotten hands on with some purported screenshots of Android 4.4 running on the 2013 Nexus 7 – most of which simply confirm things we've already seen. There are, however, a couple of new things present here, like the About Easter egg and a few shots that show off the updated clock app. Let's take a look at those first, starting with the Easter egg.

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I'll be honest about this one: I'm not convinced this will make it into the final version (if it's real at all). Sure, it looks like KitKat, but the fact that it says "KeyLimePie" is ... strange. It could very well be legit, but I'm personally not so sure. The screen on the right is the new "bean flinger" – it's accessed by long-pressing the Android logo on the KitKat screen shown on the right. For those who may not see the significance to the mosaic, it's a throwback to all the former versions of Android, starting with Cupcake. Nostalgic.

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Now we have the clock. In the above shots, Jelly Bean is on the left, and KitKat on the right. The biggest difference here is the thin clock font – no more bold:normal formatting (thank God). The stopwatch also appears to be centered in the screen now, and the hour, minute, and second indicators have dropped to the bottom of the numbers instead of the top. Subtle. Alarms also has its own tab now.

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And then there's the Settings menu. At first blush, it seems pretty straightforward, but there's an option we haven't seen before: Home. At this point we can only speculate on what this actually does – it could perhaps be some sort of launcher configuration, maybe even having something to do with the new "Google Experience." It's really hard to say at this point.

Otherwise, it's basically more of the same things that we've already seen, including the app tray (which also shows the new white icon theme in the notification bar), About screen, options for Cloud Print and Tap & pay, and the new Downloads menu. It's worth noting that the widgets menu appears in the app tray here, but this could just be an old build. Or maybe Google changed its mind about switching back to the pre-ICS way of accessing widget (long-pressing the homescreen). Who knows.

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There are a lot of oddities and quirks found in these shots. For example, the icons are new, but app drawer isn't transparent like in newer builds. The download screen is slightly different than what we saw in our leak. Google Photos isn't present here, but the old G+ photos album is. It's like a mix of old and new. That doesn't necessarily make this leak "fake" as some may want to point out, but it's definitely worth mentioning because it's just strange.

Overall, it's probably safe to assume that we'll at least see some of this stuff in 4.4 – especially the stuff that just keeps popping up. Now for an official announcement, please.

[via ZDnet; thanks, Wiineth!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Janko

    KeyLimePie ? Seems legit

    • Kieron Quinn

      Look at all the other leaks again...

    • rskyline

      It just a label, so if you see there KitKat that would make it legit? xD

  • J3R3MY_H

    Maybe the rights to call this KitKat won't last forever. So this easter egg is future proof?

    • WinSuk

      I think AOSP won't get rights to call it KitKat, and will have to use Key Lime Pie.
      Ever since they announced the name I've been thinking how it was going to work on AOSP (where anyone can release a device with it)... Now with that image, I think I know. :-

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    Just a small suggestion for AP staff. Please be consistent with your image ordering scheme. In Artem's articles, new screens are on left and old are on right. Here it's the other way round.

    • TY

      This time, the images straight from the source are bundled like that, though. New+Old is one image.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

        Yep - it was out of my hands.

        • Tomáš Petrík

          You could always cut them and put in reverse order ;)

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

            But why? Who cares? It's not worth the effort.

          • TY

            Why? Consistency. Lord Duarte approves.
            https://plus.google.com/114892667463719782631/posts/bygvBWS3jXy
            I do think it's not worth the effort, though. It's just one article after all.

          • Tomáš Petrík

            I'm not implying he should have done that. That was just to say it was not "out of his hands".

          • J3R3MY_H

            Lets put that positive attitude towards a better looking website.

          • LMAO

            HAHAHAHAHA. Like the one that has been "In the works" for the last 3 years?

          • DuncanPerkins

            Apparently Ronak Gandhi and 52 other people.

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

      See, I always looked at from the point of people reading left-to-right and wanting to see the new stuff and then the reference image after.

      Cameron and Liam, on the other hand, insist that it should be a progression - old -> new.

      I suppose I see their point, but to be honest, as long as new and old are labeled under the pictures (which I always do), it doesn't really matter.

      • http://www.felipeyang.com Felipe Yang

        I think you're right about the left-to-right reading, but I think most people want to see something they already know first as a reminder before seeing what's new. If you show them the new image first, most people won't be able to recognize the difference immediately. So they'll have to look at new image, look at the old one, then look again at the new one to notice the changes. Whereas the traditional method of old to new somewhat eliminates this problem.

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        I feel it should be the other way round. I don't care if it's old->new or new<-old as long as they are consistent across posts. I don't want to read labels every time I see the screenshots. They should be glance-able, like widgets :).

      • jrop

        Along the lines of the "left-to-right" concept, I think this is correct. But how that translates to left = new, right = old... I guess I don't feel like that correlates well. I feel like old -> new follows more of a "timeline" feel, like I get in most other interfaces (like all editing software [english, anyway]). Maybe this is just an english culture thing, but I feel like time always progresses from left (old) to right (new).

      • Pierre Gardin

        Or you could put a caption right under the pictures.

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

          (I do)

      • Freak4Dell

        I was about to make a post thanking Cameron for doing this. It's always bugged me about your posts, but I always forget to bring it up by the time I've read the entire article. We read left to right, so it should be old to new.

  • http://www.geordienorman.com/ George Byers

    Wait wait wait wait..... this does not match up the app drawer on this leak and the one on the nexus 5 are different, are you going to say that the tablet version of android will have the older design? I call these images a dud, look like they are taken from an older build.

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

      I don't think it's fake, but it's a weird Frankenstein's Monster build, that's for sure.

      • Phil Oakley

        Is it possible this is KitKat, but running either Jelly Bean's launcher, or with the AOSP KitKat launcher as opposed to the Google Experience launcher (which won't be part of AOSP, presumably, same as Chrome is now)?

        • Crispin Swickard

          Probably not hard to posit that they may develop sections independently, and not have have all the most current code when working on each aspect of the OS. This would explain inconsistencies. It would be almost unreasonable that everyone working on the OS tosses in the code they are working on every time they get a build together, and receiving everyone elses.

          Not to disagree with you, just offering possible explanation .

      • ferjosan

        well I think it will be just as Sony's 4.2.2 builds...transparent in the home screen and black again inside any app...what do you think?

  • Slawootsky

    The alarm clock seems to be one of the tabs in the clock app. The future of the delete gesture is unclear, though.

  • wiiko

    It's just part of the easter egg, They are messing with us saying KeyLimePie because everyone thought it would be that way. But it isn't. So they honored it that way.

  • Niall Burnes

    Widget header is back and the drawer is now 5x6? I don't buy this.

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

      Wat? The Nexus 7's existing 4.3 app drawer is 5x6 already. You don't buy that it's going to stay the same?

      • Niall Burnes

        Oh my bad D:. Didn't read through and thought this was still showing the phone interface.

  • Captain Canada

    Transparent notification bar, white notification icons and transparent software buttons are such a win. Makes me so happy.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      I'll be kind of sad, though, saying goodbye to the #33B5E5 of ICS & JB.

      • br_hermon

        I still would love to see a custom choice from a number of holo colors or even a color picker.

      • TY

        It seems like holo blue is still existing in a number of places.

  • Lupe Fiasco

    This is most likely a old build. The things that look odd to me is in other leaks the Icon Sizes are in line while here it's the same as 4.3. Also, the widgets tabs in the App Drawer is still there as well, I highly doubt Google would change their mind all the sudden and bring it back. I do hope that Settings Icon is not final though. I don't know, it just seems off to me. Doesn't seem like something Google would put into the Final Builds of 4.4.

  • Alberto Blasi

    The sooner they get rid of the gradient in the prefs the better.

    • a671

      I really hope they change dark to light background on settings. For me it would be THE thing about this new realease , but I don't expect any evolution for this ...:(

    • TY

      Why? I like the subtle gradient =[

  • anon

    its neat to have the launcher settings integrated in Settings as Home

  • mlj11

    I like all these leaks, but seriously, why couldn't the leakers have shown us their "About phone" page in Settings (with relevant revelatory bits censored) so that at least the build date can be discerned..?

    Man. I wish I had something to leak. Y'all would be so happy.

    • Grimmjow

      ha..

  • Grimmjow

    Grey settings icon looks kinda ugly. Give me a black on white like Sense.

  • https://plus.google.com/b/104983600193644243822/104983600193644243822/posts Enrique Labrada

    All right we're done with 4.4 leaks and Nexus 5 rumours, BRING ON DA NEXUS 6 AND 5.0 LEAKS!!

    Lollipop, LemonPie, Licorice,

    • http://www.standupforkids.org blackroseMD1

      Android 5.0 - Liquid Acid.

      It'll blow your mind, man!

      • Guest

        And the new system color: #00ff00

        • Crispin Swickard

          Samsung already has far too mush of that in their notification pain...

    • Woot Woot

      it should be Android 5.0 Lemon Head

    • BiggiePhat

      Android 5.0 Country Time Lemonade

    • RitishOemraw

      Nice try, but that will be Android 4.5 LOLlipop
      No 5.0 ever!

    • karthik nayak

      Android 5.0 : LSD

    • je

      My friends calls it android 4.4 kebab :D
      Probably next version will be 4.5 or 5.0 lamb steak

  • Coen van Deelen

    to much jellybean for me.

  • Pascal

    Settings icon is really ugly.

    • Simon Belmont

      First thing I noticed, too. Looks almost childish.

      I'm guessing it's just a placeholder icon, though. I'm sure they'll put something better in the final build.

  • aaron nyquist

    Maybe, just maybe. The whole Kit Kat thing is a huge joke. Then at the launch.... BOOM! Key Lime Pie.. I know, a long shot conspiracy. I am sure something would have leaked about it by now.

  • RitishOemraw

    I was hoping for a white themed clock app.
    White with red (like KitKAt,but more importantly like Voice search (white theme the button turns red when there is sound)

  • Santeri

    I wonder how does the notification shade of Android 4.4 look like.

  • backslash

    "no more bold:normal formatting (thank God)" This is indeed the biggest design fail ever! Man how i hate that bold/normal clock formatting. I never understood how that could ever be released.

  • Brendan

    Oh God that settings icon. Please, no.

    • Yam Borodetsky

      Looks like something Samsung would design.

      • Crispin Swickard

        More like it looks like Samsung's period.

  • Trent Callahan

    I'm really getting sick of KitKat...
    I wanted to jump to 5.0 already.
    Holo died for me surprisingly fast :/

    • Gabernasher

      stop reading about it?

  • matoz

    The KitKat called KeyLimePie, wow, hehehe...

    • Crispin Swickard

      Special edition key lime pie flavored Kitkats. Problem solved. :D

      • matoz

        Better yet, KeyLimePie stuffed with KitKat.

        • Crispin Swickard

          I am down with that as well.

  • jrop

    It feels like all these Nexus 5 "leaks" are just a distraction...like what about the fact that Google is supposed to release other devices around the same time (like a smartwatch etc.). The nexus smartwatch has _so_ many fewer leaked details as opposed to the Nexus 5. If I were Google, this is exactly how I'd protect one product (the smartwatch + whatever else) while getting in some pre-advertising for the Nexus 5.

    There's something fishy with all of these "leaks", esp. with the inconsistencies. It feels like Google is trying to eclipse something more secret by controlling what we are fed.

    • Gabernasher

      Seen nothing of a new nexus 10 either.

    • br_hermon

      Interesting theory... I like it! :)

    • Chris

      Controlled social marketing at it's best

    • Pamz0r

      Funny, while reading the Article this came to my Mind too..

      I'd laugh if Google was trolling us with the whole Kit-Kat naming change after all, though the Statue says otherwise.

    • NF

      This is a good theory considering that we knew nothing of the Chrome Cast. It was all about the Nexus 7.

  • David Jones

    Are toast messages getting buttons like in the easter egg screen image?

  • CharlesTF

    >Home in Settings
    >Non-transparent app drawer

    Maybe you can change the app drawer background now?

  • Bob G

    I will miss the bold:normal formatting. It was one of the best things I loved about JB. Makes it so much easier to read the clocks and timers. The reversion back to the old ways of doing things make it look anorexic.

  • Crispin Swickard

    Oh, how I hope this is true for the clock app. I use the timer all the time for work, and I hate having to look at the bold font that sometimes overlaps digits depending on the characters.

  • Jays2Kings

    Does anyone else find the "swipe down to exit full screen" intresting, as in there may be a new way to hide the navbarbar, maybe for games and such.

    • Simon Belmont

      You beat me to the punch. Exactly what I was thinking.

      Really hoping this is true. I use that feature so much in CyanogenMod, so a simple gesture would be even nicer.

  • Lisamith

    I think the Settings and the Voice Search icons look worse than the ones in Jelly Bean.

  • Guest

    The picture of the new app tray still has a tab for widgets? I was under the impression that widgets could only be accessed by long press on the home screen in 4.4. Slightly confused here.

  • Simon Belmont

    Seems to be quite a bit older than the Tutto Android leaks from this weekend. Everything looked a lot more polished there.

    Ha. That Settings icon is like Microsoft Office 97 clip art.

  • The_Chlero

    Great, all we need now is Nestle releasing a pure white chocolate Key Lime-Pie dessert for this to be the most confusing naming scheme in the history of the universe

  • Gribvald

    Am I the only one who liked the BOLD:normal clock design? Really disappointed to see it go.

  • Simon Belmont

    Swipe down from the top to exit full screen, eh? So, it seems Google may have finally answered the prayers of people on stock ROMs that wanted full-screen mode.

    CyanogenMod and others have included it, but it's implementation a tad clunky. A gesture would be REALLY nice, so I hope this is true.

  • Miah

    Never thought I'd say this, but Android Police be slacking. Where's the news about the SMS Option? Android Central had it posted long time ago including this topic.

  • JonJJon

    Was expecting more to be done with the Clock app but something is better than nothing, I've been enjoying using Timely which regardless of the aesthetics has the sweet syncing of alarms between devices :) Looking forward to the supposed Hangouts update and the possible transparency of the launcher. The white notification icons are growing on me but that was due in part to the transparency leaks, if there isn't any transparency in the final version I may not like it as much. Still looking forward, as always. to official announcements an pushing of updates.

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    I hate the new look of downloads otherwise it looks fine and I hope to see it on my nexus 4 soon.

  • David Hart

    The new settings icon looks like it's from Froyo.

  • Ender

    Hopefully all will be confirmed / denied tomorrow.

  • Mohan

    Awww no more bold:normal :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

    I liked the "bold:normal" combo. :l

  • randomblame

    the easter egg key lime pie text is a string pulled in from the build prop and not part of the graphics they still seem to be referring to it internally as keylime pie which makes sense

  • mikeym0p

    OMG built in timer! Google Now will work properly now, r/Android can rejoice!

  • Carlos Kazam

    the google icons are always different and doesnt follow a design line xD

  • Sandeep Saini

    I cannot help but notice a persistent chrome icon in the status bar in stopwatch screenshot above. What does that means???

  • Cory Wilson

    never will get why everyone hated the bold hour font so much, I kind of liked it myself

  • je

    I am crying that it is still not released :(