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Bragging rights: 5 Android KitKat features exclusive to the Nexus 5

Bragging rights: 5 Android KitKat features exclusive to the Nexus 5
Google wouldn't leave its Android 4.4 KitKat poster child, the Nexus 5, without some exclusive features now, would it? From low-power audio playback to full-screen wallpapers with preview - these are Android KitKat novelties you can enjoy solely on the Nexus 5 for now.

Well, some of those exclusive functions are made available to some other handsets with custom 4.4 ROMs out there, thanks to the modding crowd, but not the whole set at once, as that would entail certain hardware requirements that the Nexus 5 is in possession of. 

Check out the whole bunch below and stay loud and proud with your Google phone against the rest of the Android posse.

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posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:24 12

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:50 10

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:24 4

2. PointMaza (Posts: 60; Member since: 14 Dec 2012)


Best phone of 2013.. :)

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:27 1

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

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:58 7

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.

posted on 13 Nov 2013, 13:10

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


so does KitKat can run on older models but google still refuses to update..

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-KitKat-to-run-comfortably-on-512MB-RAM-devices-heres-how_id49099

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 14:41

14. medicci37 (Posts: 689; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Android fans say a lot of things.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 09:33 6

4. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Exclusive FOR NOW

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:04

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:56 4

9. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I have full screen wallpapers on my G2 :)

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:29 1

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 10:56

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

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 12:09 1

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?

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:49 1

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.

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 13:59

13. Gatman (Posts: 18; Member since: 07 Sep 2013)


No full screen wallpapers maybe might have to go g2....

posted on 06 Nov 2013, 15:20

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.

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