Nexus 5, with Android 4.4 announced to cost $349

Google’s has today released its much anticipated Nexus phone after several leaks: As usual this fully unlocked Nexus 5 is available today for the lucky chaps in the US at the Google Play store. It will be priced  at $349 for a 16GB model and $399 for a 32GB and both are available in white and black.

The Nexus 5 carries the same price tag as it’s  its predecessor and  unlike its predecessor, it can actually support LTE, a complete necessity in this day and age.

Made by LG

It is no secrete that the Nexus 5 is made by LG , thus has a lot of inspiration from the LG G2, a phone that is pretty great good if you dont mind LG’s unpopular Android skin. Inside the phone is a blazing Snapdragon 800 processor and a crisp clear  5-inch display at 1080p resolution. Luckily, Google kept the bezels around the screen thin. It’s weighs 130g, which makes it 9 grams lighter than the Nexus 4. It holds a 2300mAh battery, which we hope will hold up to a full day’s use. The display is Gorilla Glass 3.

Same Old Camera with slight tweaks

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As expected we have an 8-megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization (OIS). HDR+ is a new camera feature that is worth checking out once we get our hands on this device. We only hope to get better shots than the Nexus 4. The biggest change is probably the launcher, which now integrates Google Now with a quick swipe to the left (You can still get to Google Now the old way — swiping up — as well). It can also can be activated just by talking — similar to the Moto X, but in this case the command is simply “OK Google.”

Meeting KitKat, Support for low end devices

Aesthetically speaking KitKat has come to clean up things. Google has excised the Widgets tab from the app drawer, simplifying that experience immensely (you can still long-tap to add widgets). The icons are bigger and nicer, but more importantly the status bar and button bar on the bottom are now translucent, showing content underneath them in certain cases. The wallpaper bleeds under them — as does Google Now — and developers can also set apps to go full-screen, hiding both entirely. A new, condensed version of Android’s custom Roboto font helps readability, but truthfully the visual changes here are tweaks, not overhauls.

As reported yesterday, Hangouts now can send and receive SMS messages, so dont expect much more than that. From our article today morning, KitKat is now able to operate on low-end devices  we in developing nations can rejoice and thus we expect Android fragmentation to be a story of the past soon. It’s possible, however, that even high-end devices will benefit from the cleaning and tightening Google had to do the OS.

So get ready to buy yourselves the Nexus 5 if clean stock Android is your kind of thing.