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Google has released its latest major Android build, version 4.4 codenamed KitKat, and has started selling its new Nexus 5 smartphone as the first device to run the new OS. Nexus 5 Behold, Google's shiny new mobe ... the Nexus 5 KitKat, aka Android 4.4, has faster multitasking and full voice control, according to Google, and a …

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Nice

Top range specifications, extremely good value for money.

If I wasn't happy with my Galaxy Nexus, I'd probably get one.

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Just ordered one, Google Play says 8th November dispatch date.

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Re: Nice

No storage slot = no sale.

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Indeed. Those of us who travel outside the cosy conurbations know that mobile Cloud access is usually only viable within any given ring road so the only way to be sure we can always get at our stuff is to carry it with us.

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they said the same for me, but i got a dispatch note this morning that says it has shipped and will be 1-3 business days, so could be 4th - 6th

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Re: Nice

Yes the phone appears to be so, my complaint though, is that it is another round of buy a new phone if you want an OS update. If it really only has such low overheads why is it not being developed for other Android handsets.

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Re: Nice

4.4 will be out on the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 within the next few weeks.

You can't blame Google for the shortcomings of the other phone manufacturers if they don't get their act together. The source is freely available.

As for some of the older Nexus models, it appears a lot of the problem comes from the chipset manufacturers, some of which have actually stopped making mobile chipsets altogether (Ti), and had supplied the previous firmware in binary blobs, which aren't compatible with the newer kernel.

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What, no complaints about it not having an SSD yet?

Seriously - nice phone, great price

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Hmmmm, Does it. have any USB connection?

If not, I guess you'd have to load it via wi-fi.

Whilst probably more applicable to tablets than phones, I'd find that a major hassle - it's not so much the storage, but the ability to quickly upload stuff from the computer.

Heck, sometines I don't even do that - just take a few pre-loaded USB sticks with me for a long journey.

I suspect their reasoning may have somrthing to do with appeasing the music/film industry - of course, in the real world, this restriction is hardly a barrier...

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You mean no SD card support.

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Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

And it doubles as hdmi as well!

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Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

if isnt apple and it didnt have USB you would have a VERY hard time charging it up!!!!!

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Yeah, I meant SD

Thanks Paul... Got carried away on the S key

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Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

The Nexus 5 supports wireless charging.

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Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!

Fair enough.

I therefore humbly withdraw my irrelevant rant. - downvotes deserved (even though I did start my rant with "If", I didn't mean to spread FUD)

Sorry, its the iphone with no usb/sd isn't it?

Sigh, I'm getting senile.

Please substitute "Google " with "Apple", and "Android" with "iOS" in my original post!

Cheers!

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Went and ordered one

And no, I don't need one. I just couldn't resist. It does look like a good upgrade for a bored Galaxy S3 owner though.

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Re: Went and ordered one

You'll find stock Android a bit sparse and even more boring than an S3.

I swapped the ROM on my HTC One to stock Android and it's functional but hardly mind blowing.

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Sparse and 'functional' is GOOD - it's exactly what I want from a phone!

Plain vanilla stock Android is about the best there is; that's WHY I prefer Google devices.

It's all the interface cruft and 'features' that networks and third parties add to Android that make the experience sub-optimal. And of course they always seem to make them so you can't delete them unless you root the phone...

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Absofrikkin'lutely

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I switched from a Galaxy to a Nexus, precisely because of the Samsung cruft.

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Stock Android is sparse?

Thought the idea was to be able to personalise your phone......... Have you not heard this.

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@corestore

Exactly!

I've got an old HTC Desire Z/G2, which they abandoned on Gingerbread with all their Sense cruft...

I've actually got it running a vanilla Jellybean 4.2 rom at the moment, and it's smoother than it ever was with the HTC roms!

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high end hardware

Hmmmm.....I wonder if the Galaxy Nexus has now been sidelined for any updates or if my Nexus will get the update OTA....

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The Galaxy Nexus will NOT be updated to KiKat - http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/31/google-galaxy-nexus-kitkat/

But... I think this is by design. I bought my Galaxy Nexus almost 2 years ago and contract will be up soon so I'm guessing the road map will continually end every two years to encourage upgrading. I'm jumping on the Nexus 5 just to avoid the bloatware that's more common now on high-end smartphones.

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Unfortunately the Galaxy Nexus is *not* getting the KitKat update. Disappointing as it's only 2 years old (I have one).

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How does that matter? TI chipsets tend to be the best in the business in terms of Open Source support, as opposed to Qualcomm, used in the newer devices.

Someone will hopefully cook up a 4.4 update for the Nexus.

I have a RAZR MAXX HD, and it only officially has 4.1.2.

Thankfully, I got mine before the bootloader exploit was fixed, so mine now has an unlocked bootloader, and is running a ROM from xda-dev (that has no issues I've found so far I may add) that's 4.3.1.

Giant battery, 32GB built in, microHDMI out, and the microSD slot? I struggle to think of anything more I could possibly need on my phone.

Google's devices don't tickle my fancy quite the right way, as they usually lack some combination of features I want.

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' ...... as they usually lack some combination of features I want."

I think you could say that about ANY phone on the market at the moment. Personally, I would like (slightly) bigger screen, but an SD slot is not a requirement for me.

Now if a manufacturer allowed you to order a bespoke phone where you can specify screen size, battery size, SD slot, OS (?) etc, they may be onto a winner.

Beer: because it's Friday

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Re: high end hardware

Blame Texas instruments not Google

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I love the idea of bespoke phones, but hardware components are different sizes so swappable modules are not going to happen, unfortunately.

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Ordered!

Ordered mine too, less than an hour after launch. I hope the rumour about the 32GB version having a bigger battery is true.

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"I hope the rumour about the 32GB version having a bigger battery is true"

According to the specs page on Google Play it isn't

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yes, that's quite annoying, hope it's a typo

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Re: Ordered!

Manufacturers are still playing the silly game of "see how small we can make it" instead of "lets have a decent battery in there, making it easier to hold at the same time."

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Yeah, I saw that too, later on. Disappointing, cos the worst thing (actually, only bad thing) about the Nexus 4 is the battery life.

There's some sort of recursion thing going on here, cos I ordered my Nexus 5 using my Nexus 4...

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"only Verizon isn't carrying the handset"

Good. They suck. There's a reason Google intentionally made sure the Nexus 4 wouldn't work on their network.

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There must be a typo in the prices

Only $50 extra to add 16gb, that's almost reasonable. It must be wrong.

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Re: There must be a typo in the prices

Nope, no typo. $399 for the 32GB model is a firm price.

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LULZ. Now they're starting to sound like Canonical. First it will be KitKat, followed by LameLlama then MischievousMinx...

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Nah, it has to be candy/desert related

So if they keep with the commercial tie-ins, luscious Life Saver followed by mouthwatering Mars Bar.

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Re: Nah, it has to be candy/desert related

Shirley it must the the Tartan covered Deep Fried Mars Bar (to celebrate Haggis land voting for independence)?

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Well done for the plastic back

The 4's glass one was too slippery, for no reason. Metal is just stupid and generally ends being covered in plastic.

I wonder why they felt the need to make it thinner ( which I guess means more complicated / expensive ). Did many people complain because they wanted to be able to put an extra book mark in their pockets? Or is it a pointless selling point?

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Re: Well done for the plastic back

Pointless selling point. Slightly bigger with a larger battery would have been a better selling point, though. I don't think I've ever read or heard anyone saying that a modern phone is "too thick".

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Re: Well done for the plastic back

Whilst I agree a larger battery option is worthwhile, I don't mind thin. my phone spends a lot of time in my front trouser pocket. Obviously anything less than 10mm is thin. 6 or 7mm at the risk of poorer battery is not for me.

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Re: Well done for the plastic back

my phone spends a lot of time in my front trouser pocket.

Damn. I thought you were just happy to see me.

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Bahh!

At least they got rid of the ludicrous slippery glass back by the looks of things. However, non-recessed buttons kill this for me. Isn't it about time LG made a phone that has function over form? I liked the Nexus 4 but I eventually got an HTC One X+ because it's just a nicer phone to hold and use (power button on top - where it should be).

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The power button also wakes the screen so you can unlock it. It is placed where you can reach it with the pad of your thumb or index finger when holding it naturally. You like making some unnatural, complicated move with a finger (in order to stab the power button with your fingernail) why, exactly?

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As a G2 owner, I'd argue that the power button only has one proper location: on the back!

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The wait is nearly over

Give it a few weeks for the initial rush to go down and I will be retiring my iPhone 4.

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With mild excitement, I went to order one. Despite not being logged in to Google, and having no cookies, it still already knew who I was.

Nope.

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Aside from the fact that you likely log in from that computer with that IP address (your computer can send a surprising amount of information about itself without you being aware, you're being afraid of the instances where it's working for you?), there's this thing called location awareness.

Once I was testing out a VPN provider with my laptop, for a giggle I told it to route me to an exit point on the other side of the country. As soon as I tried to check Gmail, I got emails and text messages about possible fraudulent access. Why? My phone was in my pocket where I really was, Google looked at where it said it was, where the IP address I was trying to get from my mail seemed to hail from, and threw the flag.

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