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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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)

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16 Comments

1. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I don't really like the sound of 'exclusivity' in an Android device.

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

2. PointMaza

Posts: 60; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Best phone of 2013.. :)

3. zekes

Posts: 230; Member since: Aug 14, 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: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 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: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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

14. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Android fans say a lot of things.

4. funchumm1206

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 04, 2013

Exclusive FOR NOW

7. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 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: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have full screen wallpapers on my G2 :)

8. jbats

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

I already enjoy fullscreen wallpapers and preview on my G2! Maybe its because of the similar LG trearment?

12. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 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: Sep 07, 2013

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

15. jian9007

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 20, 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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