The pictures have been published by Tutto Android, which received them from an unnamed tipster. According to the publication, the device is running Android 4.4 build KRS92B (Kernel 3.4.0), although the firmware is not the final version.
It’s very light, usually something “bigger” also weighs more, but this Nexus doesn’t, and is slightly higher than the Nexus 4. The design is identical to the leak and specifications are confirmed. The rear part is rubber type.
A clear image showing the handset’s front panel is not yet available, and the one below has been significantly altered, probably to protect the identity of the tipster.
However, he or she did say the display appears to offer an overall better performance, with “vivid” colors and increased brightness.
The phone will reportedly have better audio as well, thanks to its dual stereo speakers.
When it comes to the whole Android 4.4 KitKat experience, the tipster revealed that the Nexus 5 is even faster than its predecessor thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM.
Lock screen, Boot animation and Wallpaper
The notifications bar has the same white icons we’ve seen in previous pictures (albeit they’re blurred in some of these pictures), and Tutto Android says that there are no themes for the user to choose from – this was a rumored feature for the OS.
Interestingly, the notifications bar appears to be transparent on the lock screen, and there’s a camera icon in the lower right corner that can be used to start the camera app by swiping to the left. Swiping to the left from anywhere on the right side of the screen will also trigger the camera app.
As for the Boot animation, the Nexus 5 will apparently share the same animation with the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.
Naturally, since this is a new Nexus handsets, new Wallpapers, as seen in these images, are to be expected.
Launcher and App Drawer
The App Drawer icon has been changed. Instead of having a white border, the icon now has a borderless, round, transparent background. Furthermore, the line dividing the app shortcuts section of the screen from the rest of the screen is now gone.
The notifications bar is still transparent, and the same goes for the menu buttons, which also have a transparent background – both of them have a dark gradient that creates an interesting transition effect from the screen to the bezel of the phone. This design choice would explain why the transparent background is not obvious when looking at all those leaked images showing the phone’s Settings.
It’s worth pointing out though, that images showing an app in action aren’t available, so we have no idea how the notifications bar and menu buttons will look like inside an app.
For what it’s worth, he phone icon also seems to have a flatter design.
As for the App Drawer (above), you’ll also notice that it has a transparent background instead of a dark one, and that it has a 5 x 4 icon grid instead of the 5 x 5 found on the Nexus 4 – the publication says the icons appear to be bigger than on the Nexus 4.
The Drive and Keep app also seem to be present, just as a previous leak has suggested.
Google Now and Google Search
Google Now and Google Search have apparently been also updated in Android 4.4 KitKat, with Tutto Android suggesting that Android 4.4 comes with “always listening” features, just like the Moto X. Here’s what the tipster had to say about the search apps:
Google Now is much more responsive. Just simply say “Ok Google” within Google Now to make a new search. Google Now is accessible in two ways: the first is the classic swipe upward from the navigation bar, the second is through one swipe to left starting with the last home screen on the left.
Instead, Google Search [can be launched] by saying “Ok Google” directly from the home screen.
Unlike in the previous photo leak, the Messaging app icon isn’t present and seems to be replaced by the Hangouts icon – however, the app could simply be placed on the second screen in the image above.
The camera seems to have some image stabilizing features, although it’s not clear whether the Nexus 5 will indeed have optical image stabilization, or whether everything its done at the software level.
A Tap & pay menu in the phone’s Settings is present, which will apparently let you complete NFC payments from the phone.
A Print Cloud feature is apparently also available in Settings, which seems to confirm the new printing features that were spotted in a different set of leaked Android 4.4 KitKat images a few days ago.
The publication says that the design of the Settings menu has remained unchanged, which appears to be also the case for the Quick Settings.