Google releases Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kitkat OS, with price info for Nexus 5

Finally and without much havoc, Google has released its latest major Android built version 4.4 aka KitKat, and the Nexus 5 smartphone at a press conference yesterday.

The new Android OS 4.4 KitKat has better and faster multitasking and full voice control. It also has a smarter caller ID system which will take a guess at any dialing number, which is not in your contact list, by using the businesses listed on Google Maps. This is somewhat similar to the already popular application Truecaller.

Now devices that are running Kitkat will be able to send documents directly to any printer using Google Cloud Print or HP’s ePrint system.

Quickoffice has been redesigned significantly to make finding and editing documents easily and creating spreadsheets more easily. Even the email application and the download feature have received significant improvements.

Google has claimed that the Kitkat OS will be able to run on a wider variety of hardware unlike its predecessors, as it does not require the latest and greatest hardware to run. By just shutting down some background services which are not necessary and trimming memory requirements, Google claims that the KitKat will run smoothly even on 512 MB RAM.

However, in the near future it is going to be available only on high-end hardware like the Nexus 4, 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One Google Play edition.

Coming to the Nexus 5, only Verizon in the United States is not carrying the handset. The unlocked version is available in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan and South Korea.

The Nexus 5 has a 5 inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080p and 445 ppi. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3 GHZ and with 2GB RAM. It has a 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.

A new HDR+ mode has been introduced which takes multiple shots quickly and combines them into a single photo. It has a 2300 mAh battery and is good for at least 17 hours of talk time and 300 hours of standby.

The Nexus 5 will cost $349 for the 16 GB version and $399 for 32 GB storage.