The Android KitKat images show off a later build than we’ve seen in previous leaked screenshots and include details of several new features.
Strongly reminiscent of the Moto X, this version of Android 4.4 KitKat bears the a build number KRS92B and Kernel 3.4.0, which suggests this is a near finished or final build of Google’s next mobile OS.
The new screenshots come from Italian site, Tutto Android. They show that the notifications bar will offer white icons rather than the blue or cyan found in Android 4.3 Jelly Bean or previous iterations.
In the main Settings Menu is a new “Tap & Pay” function that should make NFC play a larger part in the Nexus 5 than in its predecessor, the Nexus 4. The Tap and Pay feature will most likely tie-in with Google Wallet.
Location has now been divided into three distinct modes: device sensors, battery saving and high accuracy. Device sensors will only allow the GPS to be used, while battery saving mode just relies on Wi-Fi and your mobile network. High accuracy is the most battery draining of the three modes, with the Nexus 5 having access to GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks.
Similar to the recent iOS 7 refresh for iPhone and iPad, Android 4.4 KitKat will introduce a new colour scheme and wallpapers for smartphones and tablets. The icons looks slightly flatter too, and the lockscreen has a different configuration.
The Google Now circle is more prominent on the Lock Screen with Android KitKat and Google has seemingly introduced a fading gradient to the top and bottom of the display.
The Phone icon on your basic home screen is also different to that of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Apparently, you can say “Ok Google” to the Nexus 5 from the homescreen to attract the smartphone’s attention as it has the same always listening mode as the Moto X.
Next, read all the rumours surrounding the Nexus 5 launch event.