Bragging rights: 5 Android KitKat features exclusive to the Nexus 5
5 Android KitKat features exclusive to the Nexus 5
1. Low-power audio and sensor batching
Unfortunately, "audio tunneling requires support in the device hardware. Currently audio tunneling is available on Nexus 5 and we're working with our chipset partners to make it available on more devices as soon as possible."
Another exclusive hardware feature of the Nexus 5 are the new step detector and counter sensors. Coupled with the new sensor batching technology on the phone, you have an always-on step counter that can be used in health & fitness apps without draining the battery:
"With sensor batching, Android works with the device hardware to collect and deliver sensor events efficiently in batches, rather than individually as they are detected. This lets the device's application processor remain in a low-power idle state until batches are delivered. You can request batched events from any sensor using a standard event listener, and you can control the interval at which you receive batches. You can also request immediate delivery of events between batch cycles.
Sensor batching is ideal for low-power, long-running use-cases such as fitness, location tracking, monitoring, and more. It can makes your app more efficient and it lets you track sensor events continuously — even while the screen is off and the system is asleep."
2. HDR+ photography
Edges seem so clear-cut compared to the non-HDR+ frames taken with the Nexus 5, that it looks almost unnatural, though the dreaded digital noise that appears with software sharpening seems to be kept largely in check, too. White balance gets off-kilter when using it in low-light scenarios, though, as you can see in our night sample.
3. Full-screen wallpapers with preview
4. Always-on voice-controlled assistance from the home screen
If you have a Nexus 5, however, you can say "OK, Google" right on the home screen, and the voice search function will be launched without you having to even touch the display. It's not the always-on ability we have on phones like the Moto X, which listens to you even in locked state, but it's still bragging rights.
Funny enough, when we forced the Nexus 5 launcher and the new Google Now on something like the Nexus 4, Google's last year pride obtained the same ability to launch voice searches from the homescreen with the "OK, Google" catchphrase.
5. Touchscreen improvements
We'll keep badgering the Mountain View crowd to explain themselves with these unique touchscreen response improvements for the Nexus 5. In the meantime - this is feature number 5 in our list of exclusives that KitKat brings only to Google's finest for the year, so you can sleep tight knowing how unique you will be for getting a Nexus 5.
1. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 124; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
I don't really like the sound of 'exclusivity' in an Android device.
5. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
It's more hardware related than software since it all requires specialized hardware. Other devices can get them, but the OEMs have to have the proper hardware in place to do so.
3. zekes (Posts: 211; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)
I thought it android fans always say every update comes with the same features to every phone oh not a good day
6. tedkord (Posts: 5106; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
It does. The feature is included, but other outings don't have the tech to use it. Android can use GSM radios. My Verizon phone doesn't have GSM. That's not leaving it off my phone.
It's not like Siri, which could and did run fine on older iPhones, but Apple chose not to allow it.
16. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
so does KitKat can run on older models but google still refuses to update..
7. Klamba92 (Posts: 205; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
Wait are the full screen wallpapers only on the nexus 5 not nexus 4 7 etc? And is it confirmed the other nexus devices won't get the "OK Google" feature?
9. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I have full screen wallpapers on my G2 :)
8. jbats (Posts: 7; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
i'm fine without it. i just wish they'd give us a solid date on when the N4 will get it's kitkat fix lol cuz i love my phone and i'm not ready to upgrade just yet.
10. Gemmol (Posts: 543; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
I think its good that they keep features for them selves, they should get more exclusive features like keep 20 to them selves and the rest of the features everyone else can have, its their android os
11. vishu9 (Posts: 251; Member since: 03 Mar 2011)
I already enjoy fullscreen wallpapers and preview on my G2! Maybe its because of the similar LG trearment?
12. galanoth (Posts: 334; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
This post is about exclusives to the Nexus 5 so why would software features be listed as exclusives?
The official rom for the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 (2013) aren't out yet so we don't know if HDR+ or full screen wallpapers are exclusive to Nexus 5.
13. Gatman (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)
No full screen wallpapers maybe might have to go g2....
15. jian9007 (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)
If it's hardware related to the chipset, then the Note 3 should be able to handle it, as they have the same chipset, including things like the QFE1100.