If you believe the predictions, Google is going to announce Android 4.4 KitKat (and the Nexus 5) in mere hours. According to a new report based on leaked marketing materials, Android 4.4 is going to tackle some of the biggest issues that have been plaguing the platform and Google's services as a whole.

2013-10-30 22_55_15-Android KitKat

Low-Memory Support

We've all been hearing about the issue with Android fragmentation for years, and it's kind of old hat at this point. One of the main reasons for the lag in OS support is that a surprising number of Android phones are low-end devices – they simply lack the power to run newer versions of the platform.

This has led OEMs to reach back a few version numbers to get a build of Android that can run on the cheap hardware they're using for mid-range and entry-level phones. Google hopes to change that dynamic by building KitKat specifically to support devices with less muscle.

Android 4.4 will reportedly provide tools for developers to improve software for low-end devices. It may also optimizes memory usage at the system level for these lesser handsets. This might also be aimed at making wearable devices (like maybe a watch?) better candidates for updated versions of Android.

Free The NFC

Part of the updated OS could be a change to the way NFC operates. Android will stop relying on the NFC secure element to store sensitive account details and credentials. Instead, Android might be able to emulate credit cards, transit passes, and secure entry badges in a more straight forward way.

This is a hugely important development, and one that's long overdue. You've probably noticed how Google Wallet has failed to arrive on very many phones. That's because of the requirement that it uses the secure element in NFC chips. Carriers don't like that and have mostly prevented the Wallet app from being bundled. It's been passed off as a security concern by Verizon, but it seems more likely the carriers wanted to give the competing ISIS standard access to the secure element in phones.


From all the leaks, we've known for a while that the Nexus 5 uses the same NFC chip as the 2013 Nexus 7 – the Broadcom BCM20793M, which lacks a secure element. So Google's new flagship device probably won't support Wallet as it has existed to this point. That doesn't sound likely, does it? This makes the report of a revamped Wallet sans secure element seem infinitely more plausible. There is also a patent application that appears to discuss such a system.

If this report is correct, Google will have pulled an end-run around the carrier blockage of Wallet. If the secure element is no longer required, Google Wallet could work on any device running Android 4.4 – it might even be downloadable from Google Play like any other app. It isn't yet clear how Android will be securing personal information if not in the secure element hardware, but maybe that's why it's taken so long to happen – it's just a really hard problem to solve.

More Sensors

In slightly less exciting, but still important news, the leaked materials apparently claim that Android 4.4 will bring support for geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector, and step counter sensors. Those sound suspiciously like the kinds of things you'd want to put in a smart watch.

This feature could also make fitness apps on a phone considerably more accurate without draining battery, while also providing Google with better movement data for its mapping efforts. It would rely on new hardware, but maybe the Nexus 5 will be packing these sensors for us to play with.

TV And Bluetooth

To wrap it up, the last-minute leak claims Android will include native support for IR blasters like the ones in the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Developers will be able to build TV controller apps that work on all Android devices running 4.4 (assuming they have the IR port). If there is an IR blaster on the Nexus 5, it has been hiding very well.

Finally, Google is said to be building in support for Bluetooth HID over GATT and the Bluetooth Message Access Profile. That means easy connectivity with devices like joysticks, in-car entertainment systems, and more.


We might find out very soon how close to the mark this information is. Stay tuned as we (hopefully) learn what comes with KitKat. In fact, it's probably best that you don't sleep tonight.

[Jessica Lessin]

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.

  • Brian Menius

    BT MAP support? Don't tease me, bro.

  • Alexei Watson

    Wallet in Australia! please!

    Really looking forward to this announcement tomorrow

  • Pranav Tonseker

    IR balsters, eh?

  • Shamu

    My body is ready

    • Aleksey_US

      F5 key is ready!

      • Crispin Swickard

        (Google) Wallet ready!

        • Greg

          Bonesaw is ready!

      • bL4Ck

        time to crash the playstore again

    • Nexus Lover

      My hands are ready :-p

    • Frekko

      my nexus 5 case and screen guard is ready

    • impu153

      My sim-card is ready (not really. Gotta get it cut down into a nano-sim)

      • Andrew

        Nano will be too small. It's confirmed to be a micro SIM.

        • matt

          confirmed where? Everything else is saying nano sim

          • Andrew

            The service manual that leaked a few weeks back. It's also based on the LG G2, which also used a micro SIM.

  • Josh Perlstein


  • Jooyoung Hong


  • Rohan J Singh

    great news for my galaxy nexus

    • Ryan O’Neill

      Yes! Let's hope KitKat gives us a break from that terrible lag

      • FrancoMacagno

        I see what you did there

      • Rohan J Singh

        rasbeanjelly rom does solve a lot of the lag

      • Bernd

        what lag?
        i run GN with PA 3.4.
        no lags

        • Pungky Mardhany

          What lag?
          I'm running Stock 4.3 JWR66Y with stock kernel.
          No lags at all.

          • PhoenixPath

            What lag? I tossed my PoS GN and got a One.

        • Ishaan Rajiv

          You didn't see what he did there.

      • Christian T

        stock 4.3 and 0 lag

        • gcheval

          Every time I pop google Chrome (stable or beta) on stock 4.3, everything gets killed (launcher and keyboard included). It is a very frustrating experience from a 2 years old phone.

          I even tried to factory reset and limit de background apps activities in vain.

          • turdbogls

            its chrome. that app is such a resource hog its rediculous. i use the AOSP browser and it does just fine without killing the launcher and everything else in its path. bookmarks sync over, but all the other features are missing. but it at least make the phone useable.

            i also see little to no lag on my 4.3 Gnex....but the low RAM is still a killer.
            cannot wait for this phone to be announced....my G-nex will become an awesome MP3 player.

      • Simon Belmont

        No lag on my G'Nex at all. It runs like a top with Android 4.3.

        That being said, I am grabbing a Nexus 5 (hopefully today). My G'Nex will become a trusty backup phone.

    • Christian T


  • kindrudekid

    you had to ruin my sleep didnt you AP?

  • gollyzila

    My mind, body, and wallet are ready.

  • GreatNews

    Now thanks for making me feel that if I'll go to sleep now I'll miss everything....

    • Joshua

      Alternatively, if you go to sleep and wake up after the fact, it'll feel like you didn't have to wait at all!

      That was always my justification for Christmas, at least.

      • Jordan Thoms

        I'm going to drink a ton of bourbon, pass out, and by the time I come to it'll have been announced. Seems like a good plan.

        • PhoenixPath

          Any plan involving bourbon is always a good plan.

  • DeadSOL

    I cannot wait! My Nexus 7 is primed to receive the update! :D

  • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

    Why so long to get IR support? I don't get it at all. I know IR is kind of old technology. but we use it EVERYDAY. I feel like smartphone should have had IR blasters since day one.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

      I read the first sentence of this comment and was going to joke that we should've demanded IR support in Donut. However, by the end of the comment, I see that is your serious opinion. I'll just...I dunno, I'll leave I guess.

    • nevetsg

      They did have them back in day 1 and it was much faster and easier than bluetooth for small data transfers. It was only after Day iPhone that they were left by the wayside.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        I can so see someone making nostalgia pokemon-like battle game if they bring them back more widespread.

        • akshay7394

          Why does that have to be based on the presence of IR?

          • Milind Shah

            for it to be old school B-|

          • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

            Because that's the old school way of battling (I'm not talking about the cable).
            It would just be for the novelty of it.

          • akshay7394

            Ah, fair enough.

            I use the Bluetooth option with MyBoy, so I'm already enjoying the wireless pairing experience I'd missed from the Gameboy :P but I get the point

        • danishdhanshe

          Pokemon :p
          Used to love that shit! :D

    • Benjamen Meiers

      I remember that I had a phone with IR support and no Bluetooth maybe 6-7 years ago. Seems we are going backwards not forwards.

      • SuperSam64

        I remember that too, but it wasn't used in the same way. At least not on my old Windows Mobile phone. It was used to "beam" info, but not as a universal remote. I wouldn't say its a step backward, any new useful feature is a welcome addition in my book.

        • Benjamen Meiers

          Yeah... But wouldn't a step forward instead be for televisions to have Bluetooth instead of holding onto such an old technology that is limited in range and line of sight?

          • SuperSam64

            In a sense, yes, but I think its still important to encompass older equipment. It would be great if everyone had a new TV with Bluetooth, but by including infrared they are including people who don't. Just makes the technology accessible to more people. I think that televisions don't have the same "replace it every two years" mentality that phones do, so if someone has a TV that's a few years old with no Bluetooth capability, they'd be more likely to replace the phone (which they'd probably be doing soon anyway) than to replace the TV.

          • Benjamen Meiers

            I suppose I just hate how my remote doesn't work because a glass or my toe, etc. is blocking it's LOS. Just an outdated technology. I am all for supporting legacy devices. It's just something I hoped we would be past by now.

          • SuperSam64

            I can identify with that. I certainly think that Bluetooth (or perhaps WiFi Direct) is a *better* way of controlling devices, and going forward it would probably be preferable for companies to use such a protocol for remotes, but I imagine it will be quite a while before infrared is phased out. Of course, a few years after DVD's came out VHS tapes pretty much became extinct, so perhaps we could be lucky and see the change happen quickly! The only devices I know of that use Bluetooth are Roku and PS3 but it may be one of those things that once a few big names start doing it, all the rest will follow.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        Same here. Why did we stop? How is it going backwards to support IR based TV's (aka, ALL OF THEM)? Logitech sells some sweet universal remotes for like $200. Why, when a $5 app could do all of that.
        IR technology is still widespread and you use it everyday. Is the point of smartphone not to allow us to do more and simplify our lives?

        • Ricardo Neves

          I would love to see an app with the same features of an Harmony remote, especially the Activities.

          • SuperSam64

            There is one, it's called Smart IR Remote. It let's you set up activities, though it doesn't really call them that. Basically, they are macro buttons that do whatever you want, and you can name them whatever you want, so they can work the same way as activities on a Harmony remote (for example, you can make a button called "Watch TV" that tunes the TV to the right channel, turns on the cable box, etc.). You can also set up custom remotes, put widgets on your home and lock screens, and even set up functions such as mute when you receive an incoming call. It's pretty neat. The catch is the price ($9.99) but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than a Harmony remote.



          • Ricardo Neves

            Nice, thanks for the heads up. I was wondering why that app was so expensive, that explains it.

          • SuperSam64

            No problem. Yeah, as apps go, it is on the pricey side. But IMO it's worth it. If you're on the fence, just buy it when you have time to play with it so that you can take advantage of Google's 15 minute return policy if you don't like it. It's a little tricky to set up but once you get the hang of it I think you'll like it if you have enjoyed the experience on a Harmony remote.

          • Michael Minton

            Actually it's on sale for $6.99

          • SuperSam64

            Even better!

          • PhoenixPath

            This x1000.

            Release a $5 harmony app, Logitech!

    • Anthony Smales

      My imate SP5 has an IR blaster. WinMobile 1; Android 0.

      • http://www.deathbycone.com Jared Kotoff

        My pocket pc i had in middle school had a IR but there was no remote app, that was the problem. The best you can do its similar to what you can do with ANY smart phone right now and thats play .wav files with an IR LED in the headphone jack.

    • zack

      My casio watch in high school had an IR remote... 2000-2004

  • Casey Artner

    Omg I'm so proud of myself for guessing the new "Tap to Pay" thing in leaked screenshots was to obsolete the secure element. Though I'm mostly just happy wallet will be useful again on my MotoX.

  • anon

    typo: Google Wallet could work on any* device running

    • Doan

      Also, "balsters."

  • NF

    Alright. That's pretty exciting to hear.

    Now what?

  • The Seventh Son


  • Eli Friedman

    The big middle finger to the carriers is my favorite part.

    • SuperSam64

      And I thought I was the only one! It'll be nice to see Google Wallet made available to everyone in its full glory, while ISIS dies in the same day. That is justice, my friend.

      • abqnm

        My only concern would be that if the secure element is no longer required, there would be a very good chance that root would disable the new functionality. Unless they come up with some other security magic, it seems like they would have to do something like that.

        • SuperSam64

          Yeah, that may be the case unfortunately. Shouldn't be a problem for most but those who live in spotty areas or don't have great coverage may be out of luck. :(

      • hp420

        can I vote this one up like 50x? lol FUCK isis!!! It's got next to no support!! Why in the world would anyone want to start a service from scratch when it already exists, kicks ass, and takes names?? hell, wallet is a full-on paypal rival with more features and options than paypal could ever hope for. I can't wait for the news post announcing isis has finally crashed and burned!!

    • C-Law

      But why do I have a feeling Verizon and at&t will never approve updates to kitkat until phone manufactures remove this functionality from the OS?

      • Drew M

        We'll have to see if 4.4 is required, or if this is contained in Wallet itself. If it's the latter, then I guess the carriers would have to block the app on the Play store.

        • SuperSam64

          Right, and without the app using "proprietary hardware" which causes "security concerns" (incidentally the same hardware ISIS uses) they won't have any legal justification, or anything they can bend to look like legal justification, for blocking it and will be forced to make it available under FCC regulations for the LTE spectrum. They will have absolutely no choice, and if they step out of line, I feel confident that this guy (http://jasonklimek.webs.com/) will put them back in their place like he did when they tried to block tethering apps. Suck it, Verizon.

    • LazarusDark

      I'm confused, because I thought Google already fixed this. The last time I did a full factory reset and installed the latest Cyanogenmod, I was able to download Wallet from the Play Store with full functionality on my Verizon Gnex.
      I was wondering why people weren't making more of a big deal about this, as previously I had used hacked versions of Wallet, but now it seemed to work perfectly straight from the play store. I've used the nfc at the gas station a couple times since then. Is it maybe because I had previously enacted Wallet that it now let me slip by? Does it only block first time Wallet users from nfc payments maybe?

      • SuperSam64

        That's strange, and the first time I've heard of it working for tap and pay on Verizon with no mods. Sounds like you just got lucky!

  • ArberBeq

    Awesome news for my OG Galaxy Note!

  • Andrew

    Meanwhile at Apple HQ California... "The Nexus 5 will be releasing soon, what do we do?" "Just slap a retina display on the iPad mini." "Umm, we did that a few days ago.." "Dammit... Retina display iPod nano!" *everyone claps*

    • Milind Shah

      this comment gets comment of the year...or month...or week atleast xD

      • Andrew

        Thanks :)

        • Milind Shah

          nope seriously probable the smartest comment i have ever read :')

          • Sean Royce

            It wasn't that good, calm down.

          • Milind Shah

            :P sorry the hype has made me mad xD

          • MCFancyPants

            His dick is literally so far down your throat right now.

          • Milind Shah

            I'm 14, such stuff is illegal :P xD

          • Biba Nishima

            You owned him ;-)
            and made me laugh

          • Milind Shah


          • SuperSam64


    • mavericksid

      Why the fuck would anyone down vote this :D

      • Milind Shah

        probably an apple fanboy just casually visiting this page xD

      • Druxee

        Because it's possible to like Android without needlessly bashing Apple. It's a bit ironic considering the Nexus 5 is a relatively small hardware upgrade from the Nexus 4.

        • mavericksid

          Oh, I didn't knew this was a small updated, relatively ofcourse!

        • Lars Jeppesen


        • sam

          I wouldn't say it is a small upgrade 0.25" bigger screen, 1080p, way faster cpu and gpu, LTE. Pretty big i reckon.

        • Drew M

          It's a minor upgrade from the N4, but it's a huge upgrade from the GN, and any other phone released prior to last Autumn.

        • Andrew

          One small step for the Nexus line, a huge step for Google. You are only looking at the on sheet specs. Sure they're both Quad-core, sport the same amount of RAM and the display is a bit bigger. But guess what, Snapdragon 800 is much faster. It also uses much less battery. The Adreno 330 is more powerful, and I don't even know how well optimized KitKat is (very well I am assuming). Also, improved camera (Image stabilization).
          Besides, the iPhone 5S is a relatively small hardware upgrade, yeah it's 64-bit, slow motion is really cool. But real world performance? Give me a break!

          • Druxee

            Look, I like the Nexus 5, it looks nice. But it's not reinventing the hardware wheel. It has the standard component upgrades, a slightly bigger screen and LTE which should have been in the Nexus 4, frankly. Maybe it will have *gasp* a usable camera or good battery life (here's hoping).

            My point was it's no bigger hardware update than what Apple has done this year. There's no reason to bash Apple, especially considering they have brought in more hardware innovation with the Fingerprint sensor, a custom, very powerful processor and very refined tablets which remain the best tablet experiences available for most consumers.

            Finally, no one in Apple HQ is asking "what do we do about the Nexus 5?". They're asking "What can we do about Samsung?".

            I say this as a N4 and N7(2013) user.

          • ari_free

            iPhone5S has a 4" screen and only 1 GB of ram just like the iPhone5.

          • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

            >especially considering they have brought in more hardware innovation

            Hardware innovation? Give me a break, the last hardware innovation Apple had was the inception of the iPhone. I'm also willing to give leeway on it's line of retina displays but that's it. IF there's one thing I do consider Apple to be, is a marketing and design company, and nothing more than that. From what I've seen with the most recent of releases to the iPhone is a simple game of catch-up. No real mind-blowing innovation, just reiteration and incremental hardware upgrades. The same can also be said of iOS, and even more so with iOS7 with it's blatant addition of the notification panel as well as even having the audacity of imitating WIndows Phone 7/8

            >A Fingerprint sensor

            It's been done before, look at the Motorola Atrix 2/A handful of laptops around 2003-2005

            >a custom, very powerful processor

            It's only "custom" because Apple chooses to hold a closed garden with their hardware and software. And if all you're going by is specs, the exclusivity in "processing power" the device supposedly holds won't last very long.

            >very refined tablets which remain the best tablet experiences available for most consumers.

            The tablets themselves I don't think are really the reason why the iPad line has boomed, but possibly the fact that Apple did something right in the terms of UX where Android had failed in it's infancy. I still wouldn't count that statement to be true soon though, because android is hitting the tablet space at full force and dethroning Apple in that sector is only a matter of when, not how.

          • Druxee

            Ugh, this is the same argument seen a million times in various comment sections around the web, so this is going to be my last comment:

            ">A Fingerprint sensor

            It's been done before, look at the Motorola Atrix 2/A handful of laptops around 2003-2005"

            Things done before Apple did them:

            Tablets. MP3 players. Smart phones. Thin & light laptops.

            Yet, Apple revolutionised each and every one of these products. And they stuck around.

            "First!" is not important. Implementation is.

            The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone is by far the single best implementation of that technology on any consumer device. Period. And that's where the hardware innovation was.

            "The tablets themselves I don't think are really the reason why the iPad line has boomed, but possibly the fact that Apple did something right in the terms of UX where Android had failed in it's infancy."

            It's both. The Motorola Xoom would have been terrible with anything running on it. Success comes from good hardware and software these days.

          • Frettfreak

            The only reason apple's implementation on these things are good is TIMING. Fingerprint scanners themselves SUCKED ASS until very recently. I had one on several pieces of tech and it didnt matter what company made it or how much i paid, it wasnt all that great. But the tech finally caught up and not works much better (although putting a sapphire crystal on it definitely helps). Same can be said for a lot of their improvements. They werent "first" so they could step back and look at where others failed adn make it right.

            Thats not revolutionizing, its just smart business. i hate apple as much as anyone except apparently druxee, but they are a smart company. i am not saying they didnt do anything here, just saying its not as dramatic as you like to make it out to be. Right place right time, smart people.

          • SuperSam64

            "First!" is not important. Implementation is.

            I completely agree with that statement. However, it should be noted that successful implementation of existing technology is not exactly innovation.

          • PhillipCun

            +1 it's not a big upgrade... but it's still a completely new phone and not a rehash of the previous model.

          • Stone Cold

            Motorola was the first to include a FPS in a phone. Not an innovation at all.

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

            I agree, N5 is cool and all, but I'm not forking over more money to replace my N4 just yet. I live in India currently, and we don't have LTE (to my knowledge). Moreover, I think all the hardware works out fine for me. I'm excited about KitKat, esp. as it seems that Google makes fine hardware as it is, and tends to focus more on improving devices through software updates rather than hardware ones.

      • Maher Salti

        someone from apple who got lost with apple maps?

        • mustbepbs

          GTO baby.

          Don't see that face very often.

          • Maher Salti

            ha ha exactly!

          • mustbepbs

            One of the greatest shows ever.

          • Maher Salti

            I second that.. I'm watching gintama these days. But you really need to skip the first 4 episodes or you will really hate it for these 4 or 5 episodes. after that it's very funny!

          • mustbepbs

            Been a while since I got into a good anime show. So many of them are either really spacey or just rip offs.

          • Maher Salti

            Thats true.. have you seen golden boy? It's very short but definitely worth the watch! also watch shonan junai gumi, it will remind you a lot of GTO

          • mustbepbs

            I haven't. It's been years since I was really into finding good shows. I'll have to take a look.

      • Danny Holyoake

        Because it's not really funny at all? Because it's hardly even true at all? Because one can be an Android enthusiast without taking every opportunity to mock or bash its competitors?

      • boogie_monster

        It's Halloween, Steve Jobs' ghost is flying around Googleplex!

    • BBXiong

      "If they attempt anything more, slap a display into iPod shuffle and a wristband and call it some iWatch or something"

    • Lu Bre

      Still, people will line up and wait 2 weeks in advance to get the new iDevice from Apple. Sad, but true.

  • Shawn Cheever

    Vote this up if you're working 3rd shift anyway... and I thought I'd be bored as hell tonight.

  • Aleksey_US

    You really think that it will be a midnight announcement? PT maybe? Instead of morning? How late do you think we should stay up?

  • Davy Jones

    If Google is serious about low memory support then they will put Kit Kat on the Nexus S and possibly even the One as a demonstration. I'm not holding my breath but it would be a nice gesture.

    • Bakaouji

      | the One.


      • Joshua

        The Nexus One. Come on dude, get with the program! Very first device to bear the "Nexus" moniker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nexus_one

        • Bakaouji

          I owned the Nexus One. I found his statement odd because the Nexus One hasn't been updated since Gingerbread as it doesn't have enough internal storage...

          • Joshua

            I interpreted it to mean you thought he wanted Google to push 4.4 to the HTC One.

            512 MB of storage. I can see why internal storage would be a concern.

          • shonangreg

            That was the whole point of the OP. Verify KitKat's low-memory needs by demo-ing it running on the first Nexus device.

            If it could be feasibly done, it would be great PR.

          • Joshua

            Sure, KitKat may not need much RAM, I can grant that that's possible. However, there must be some limit to how small an OS can be nowadays before it starts compromising on functionality that users find necessary, no? The N One only had 512 MB of internal storage, expandable via microSD to 32 GB. Even if they could fit KitKat on 512MB of internal storage, they'd still have to reactivate SD card app storage, which they have explicitly dropped.

            I don't think the N One is a feasible test device. Perhaps it could be done with the Nexus S. It has pretty much the same low specs, but has significantly more internal storage to work with.

          • Bakaouji

            It's not even 512MB, some is kept apart for the Data & Cache partitions.The System partition (where the OS is stored) is less than 200MB iirc.

          • shonangreg

            I'm just guessing, but I could imagine modularizing the OS and support apps and basically handicapping the OS in functions not prioritized. More non-essential features get hibernated. Then the low ram-loaded OS runs just a few priority apps better.

            Going from one mode to another would take time, of course, and this would come with its own series of bugs and vulnerabilities. That would be the payoff.

            On newer phones, the user could more accurately assess security of a modularized OS too, I would guess.

      • Darris

        So good if they demonstrate low-memory on Nexus S, it will benefits many users who still own first Galaxy S (I'm one). This device will still rock if 4.4 have really low memory usage.

    • pfmiller

      The N1 ran out of storage before the RAM it had became an issue, there is no way it could be upgraded even if the ram usage dropped down to nothing.

    • Drew M
  • Aleksey_US

    UPDATE on that Wall Street Journal reporter Amir Efrati's twitter account, new Full Screen Mode Edge to Edge!

    • Rhut K Virani

      This was long before written on kitkat android page
      Along with the funny video

  • Bob G

    I can't wait for nothing to be announced tomorrow and everyone to get angry at Google again because they believed speculation!

    • Aleksey_US

      Have faith...

  • Milind Shah

    why??? I HAVE MY IGCSE EXAMS GOING ON but all i'll think about it the Nexus 5!

  • vijay alapati

    i need it NOW


    well im gunna be up all night anyways, so ill hope this happens.

  • cabbiebot

    it isn't fair. i need to be functional at work tomorrow. damn!!!

  • Rovindra Singh

    Another sleepless night on account of GOOGLE, here we go again!

  • cabbiebot

    So devices with 512 RAM should be able to run it. That's how much RAM the OG Evo had, which is 3 iterations old.

    • Bionlc

      Nothing but good news for high end devices too

  • jeffrey beck

    No lie, I bought a kitkat at the grocery store tonight in celebration. Super excited.

    • Shamu

      same here!

  • Jays2Kings

    It looks like there will be a new fullscreen mode as well. It hides the nav bar.


    Fullscreen games? Yes please.
    EDIT: Just realized I'm late, woops.

  • Silviera

    But the real question is: does KiKat fix whatever it is that makes Overdrive Media Console, the software the majority of libraries use for audiobook loaning, not allow .wma files on android?

  • a3uge

    The guy is answering questions in a G+ thread: https://plus.google.com/+AmirEfrati/posts/UhwaR4Cwg4f

  • Aleksey_US
  • leftiphone4droid

    I might just pass on the N5 and roll with my converted HTC One instead..if it's going to get the same features, especially IR Blaster support :)

    • http://www.ScienceProUSA.com SciencePro

      Yeah, my friend has the One and is sticking with it. I would, personally, if I had one already.

  • Aleksey_US

    Leaking like crazy!


    Amir Efrati

    "Here are some things I haven't mentioned before: there will be something called integrated storage access framework , which makes it easier to browse, open docs/images/other files across all of your preferred storage providers, local or in cloud."

    "Anyone care about HTTP Live Streaming support ? If so, you're in luck. KitKat can do that."

    • Aleksey_US

      "There's new form of WebView based on Google Chromium . Supports latest web standards support, HTML5 compatibility to build/display web-based content in applications."

  • CT

    Looking thru amazon, all Nexus 5 accessories are releasing November 1st

  • SuperSam64

    Is it bad that if this Google Wallet rumor pans out, all I can think about doing is trolling Verizon forums saying things like "YOU LOST, BITCHES"?

    • Joshua

      Nope. This is a perfectly rational reaction to those ignorant goose penises at Verizon.

      • SuperSam64

        Goose penises! I like that (the phrase, not actual goose penises). Mind if I quote that in my Verizon trolling expedition?

        • Joshua

          Go ahead, the phrase isn't mine, haha! I took it from an exchange that a disgruntled Verizon customer had with a VZW support bot. I love that phrase so much.

          • SuperSam64

            Nice! I shall commence the trolling soon and encourage anyone interested to join me. To motivate you, this is copied and pasted from android.com.

            "Android 4.4 introduces a new, open architecture for NFC payments that works with any mobile carrier, and lets apps manage your payment information in the cloud or on your device. Now you can tap to pay with Google Wallet or other apps at more than a million stores."

  • newbiww

    AP folks please don't sleep tonight, I'm relying on you for updates... :-)

  • Myrddin Emrys

    I wonder if the LED could be hacked to double as an IR blaster... as long as you're willing for the flashes to be visible.

    • Joshua

      No, that's simply not possible. The wavelength emitted by an LED depends on the band gap energy of the materials used to produce the PN junction. No amount of software hackery can change your notification LED, which emits visible light, into an IR blaster, which (as the name says) emits infrared.

      It would be like saying "I bought a Samsung phone, but I didn't like the screen so I installed an app to turn it into an LCD panel."

  • Matthew Gardner

    So ready

  • Chris Caldwell

    Curious, when you put in the link to the patent document relating to the NFC / wallet change, did you accidentally link to the wrong one? or did you just not read it at all. The linked one is for weighting and otherwise influencing auto-tagging facial recognition by weighted social ties via G+.


    I hope it doesn't release today or tomorrow...it should be a big shiny, shiny release with a huge build up a la Apple...generate the hype and get people to believe it, the products are more than good enough damn it!

    • today

      Take it back!

  • big android

    I would like to see the IR blaster on nexus 5

    • Christian Östman

      The nexus 5 dosnt have a IR blaster, comfirmed by the guy thats get a hands on with Nexus 5 and started a AMA on Reddit.

  • Anonymous

    There is at least one software-only secure element emulator available for Android from a company called SecureKey. Not 100% as secure as a hardware one, but very close.

  • Valnomien

    Kit Kat brought them here they had no clue what it was. it's not like Apple has all of this s**t they only wish they did

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

    Didn't IR support come in Android 4.3? This is why the Galaxy S4 GPE Rom doesn't include the TouchWiz framework anymore.

  • saltyzip

    This release is taking too long, major tension headache. Is kitkat not ready, can only assume it is still being worked on, hence no firm release date from Google. Expect a firmware upgrade for Nexus 5 on boot up.

  • http://www.microwav3d.com/ Mihir Garikiparithi

    Meanwhile at Apple: Shit. The Nexus 5 looks awesome. What are we gonna do? (Tim Cook jumps up. "Let's steal it. We can make it white, and slap an apple sticker on it. Then, we sell it for $500 apiece and sue LG and Google.

  • Josh

    I expect all things stock android to be available on Google play - much like the keyboard app.

  • SeBsZ

    Does anyone know if this will be some live streaming event? Or will there not be an event at all? Or does no one know?

    • sam

      there will be no event, they will just update their website.

  • Anonymous
  • UniBroW

    I'm pretty sure Google Wallet doesn't utilize the secure element anymore with the update that made it available to other devices that didn't support it or was blocked by carriers. I've been back and forth with support about how it does no longer work with the OG Nexus 7 when there is no data connection. Also, if you login to google Wallet with a poor data connection you'll see that your card info is NOT stored on the device, it's pulled from the cloud.

    Think this has just been a little prep work to make it available to everyone, without access to the secure element. This is both a good and a bad thing, in my opinion. Without access to the secure element and relying on the cloud this makes wallet dependant on a data connection or about as reliable as one.

  • xbukowskyx

    how i spent my day!XD

  • GJV

    So the LG G2, which is pretty much the same hardware as the N5 has an IR blaster, but the N5 doesnt? Strange. As a G2 owner, I am really, really hopeful that the N5 ROM will be easily and quickly ported to the G2. They'll just need to add knock-on since the G2 is strapped with the odd rear button configuration (which you do get used to quickly).

  • GazaIan

    If the NFC Card emulation is true, then that means that manufacturers can manufacture phones without a Secure element, effectively screwing over ISIS. They could probably switch to Card emulation as well, but if it's a hard problem like you said, it will take a while. A long while, and it may give Google Wallet the push it needs especially since it's already available for all phones since the new update, afaik.

  • Ghost


    Something interesting in that Q&A. But I wonder how they arrived at the conclusion that the update was for Android 4.4.1.

  • Wyatt Neal

    My credit card has been hiding in the corner ... flinching every time I hit F5 on the play store.

  • Robb Nunya

    "Carriers don't like that"*

    *Carriers except Sprint.

  • hp420

    Low ram support??? Oh hell yeah!!! I'm getting my old Xperia X10 ready for 4.4, in that case!! This is some great news...I mean, it's been rumored this will happen for a while, but it's great to hear the confirmation from a reliable source ;)

  • Cat Astrophy

    So if you don't have a garbage phone or live in an area where businesses really support NFC, what's the incentive to upgrade now? My Note 3 has IR capability and there are plenty of apps for it. It's not low-mem (highest actually), I'm never getting a Galaxy Gear watch, and my phone connects to my car stereo bluetooth just fine.

    • Ghost

      And you're the only person alive in the world.

      • Cat Astrophy

        But it that the point of 4.4? To bring more compatibility and less fragmentation? Are people already on the cutting edge of hardware getting anything out this update at all?

  • Donovan

    ETA for Cyanogen Build???