Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 screenshots show lockscreen changes and confirm Hangouts SMS

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 screenshots show lockscreen changes and confirm Hangouts SMS
Earlier, we saw some leaked images from Android 4.4 which showed new location services and other tweaks to the system; and now, we're getting even more leaks from the same source: TuttoAndroid, an Italian Android blog. It seems the site has gotten their hands on a Nexus 5 and are going through the device running Android 4.4 to see what can be seen.

This time around we're seeing some of the UI tweaks that may be coming to Android 4.4. One of the best changes that we see is on the lockscreen. Now, in addition to being able to access the camera by pulling it from the right of the lockscreen, there is also a small camera icon in the bottom right of the screen. Some thought that the placement of the camera on the lockscreen was a bit hidden, so this should help out. 

There are other UI changes on the way as well. The app dock at the bottom of the bomescreen is no longer partitioned from the rest of the homescreen with a thin white line, but instead has a series of dots to show you which homescreen you are on. The app tray has also been tweaked to remove the black background and simply use your wallpaper as the background. Oddly, the app tray doesn't seem to have tabs for Apps and Widgets, so we're not quite sure how you access your widgets list. 

The other takeaways from the post are a bit harder to pin down because the post has been translated from Italian, making some of the phrasing confusing. For instance, there is mention that Google Now's always-listening mode is built-in to Android 4.4, but if that is true it may only work in English. It also confirms that Hangouts in Android 4.4 does support SMS. Otherwise, the post says the device is fast and smooth, with a bright, colorful screen, and solid image quality thanks to the optical image stabilization

If the rumors hold, we may be seeing the announcement of the device in just 4 days on October 15th. But, given that Google hasn't sent out any invitations to what would normally be a pretty big event, we're a bit skeptical of that rumored date.


source: TuttoAndroid

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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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72 Comments

1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

And i thought PAs water marks where bad! but anyway those look super sexy!!!

44. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I mean on the lock screen.

48. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Go cry a river.

50. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Yh I preferred slide from the right but android had quick access to camera before iOS did so what is your point?

61. taikucing unregistered

Are you blind or stupid? That's already in android some years ago before iPhone even has that. Let me ask you something. Do notification center, power control, list of running apps are originally from Apple? BTW lock screen of android is better because you can slide to everywhere to unlock the phone. I tell you, the app launcher in iPhone is copied from Nokia & many other phones. Apple is not so innovative!

65. tuminatr

Posts: 1124; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Um well android offered the camera button on the lock screen first go figure apple copied, oh and how about that notification pull down direct android rip off. Truth is your right and so am I both companies copy each other it’s a absurd argument, like arguing about the fact that Chevy copied ford cars because they had doors!! And 2 headlights!! And OMFG they were on the front of the car!!!

47. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

are you serious......hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! mate get an education before spewing fanboyish, apple nonsense!!! http://vnfa8y5n3zndutm1.zippykid.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/original-610x453.jpg http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/016705/ios-7-has-become-android-512x681.png?hash=AmpjZwLkMz&upscale=1 BTW that is googles default camera logo...

49. madrisimo7

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

The camera icon has actually been around with the Nexus 4 long before ios7 came out...The placement is definitely similar though

56. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That was lame

66. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Right!!! And a color screen!!!!! They totally copied that, I even bet they use pixels in their screen, just like Apple!!! Son-of-a!!!!!!.........

67. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

And who did Apple copy when they added Live Wallpapers and Quick Settings and a whole bunch of other stuff huh? Underdeveloped iSh33p.

2. Arsen

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Come on just release it. My money is ready!

3. Tommy1960i

Posts: 144; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

Please release it already. I am sure this phone will be a succes.

20. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Hopefully more successful that your spelling.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

He only lefted out the letter s in success, which could have happened if he/she was typing too fast. Leave the Grammar Police job to the pros.

51. TarunV

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 21, 2012

'lefted' isn't even a word..

24. mjain88

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

*than

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How did I miss correcting him... I need my coffee. +1

68. werthedroids

Posts: 60; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

"Hopefully more successful THAT you're spelling." Never mind his spelling, look at your grammar, buddy

4. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Cool!

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

That screen is so damn beautiful! Loving the wallpaper too!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks nice! :)

7. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

hmm....I like i wallpapers, very nice! And i also love the softkeys fading into the wallpaper, beautiful IMO....however, i'm still not sure how much i like all this flat stuff. I'm gonna have to use it and see it in person to make a final decision...it looks nice, but at the same time....idk. We'll see

52. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Android is damn flat already. This is a minor evolution of that flat design. That being said, it looks great - as it did before.

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The Halo theme on stock Android was seriously boring and dated looking. Even if this is a minor graphical change to the UI, it's more pleasant, at least.

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Here are your options: 1) Icon packs 2) Launchers 3) ROMS That's the beauty of Android. If you don't like it, you have thousands of ways of changing it to suit your needs.

9. sinple

Posts: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

how to access widget list..... u long press at homescreen??? surprised to see phonearena type such comment.

26. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Thanks for assuming we're complete noobs. I meant, how would casual users who don't know all the long-press tricks get to widgets?

35. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...how would casual users who don't know all the long-press tricks get to widgets?" Maybe the same way as advanced users did that when they was casual users? :)

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