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Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google disables translucent bars in Nexus 10 KitKat source code

Google's Nexus 10 tablet will not get translucent navigation and notification bars with the Android 4.4.1 KitKat update, which lets the wallpaper go full-screen from top to bottom as it does in the Nexus 5. Developers can activate the bars with a one-step code tweak, but it will not be the default. The lack of translucent decor may also indicate a bit more pervasive and subtle problem with the device.

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Nexus 5 first-impressions

Nexus 5 first-impressions

Could the Nexus 5 be the most rumored Google phone since the original Nexus One? Weeks of leaks, the culmination of months of speculation, and Google finally announced its fifth generation of self-branded hardware - with a little help from LG, of course - alongside Android 4.4 KitKat this week. The Nexus 4 made waves with its sub-$300 unsubsidized price tag, though the Nexus 5 can't quite slip under that all-important mental barrier, the (sold out) 16GB model starting at $349. However, it's still something of a bargain, and now supports LTE, much missed from its predecessor. Read on for some first impressions.

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Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Android 4.4 KitKat Google Now experience hits the homescreen

Those without a Nexus 5 in their hands already may not have noticed the fact that a brand new home screen feature has been added to Android 4.4 KitKat: Google Now. This system has been part of Android for several iterations of the OS now - a couple of generations, that is - but this marks the first time the experience is integrated in with the home screen itself. In fact, it's so integrated that it's actually the base for the homescreen, instead of the the other way around.

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Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Android 4.4 KitKat update available now (everything but the firmware)

Just yesterday Android 4.4 KitKat was released to the public in the form of some looks presented by Google in video form - and through the LG-made Nexus 5. Today a full dump of the system has revealed apps of everything: including a launcher that will have Google bringing updates to their system through the Google Play store. For the lay person, this means you'll essentially be able to download all the pieces of Android 4.4 KitKat now, well before the actual system update is pushed through the back end of your phone.

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Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

Nexus 5 camera sample shots appear on Google+

The Nexus 5 has been covered forwards and backwards today, but the camera has gotten little attention. In past weeks, some images popped up here and there online from those who had their hands on the smartphone already, but most had been pulled for various reasons and we've seen little produced by the camera. Now that the handset has been made officially known, those pictures are reappearing, and some more with them.

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Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Android 4.4 KitKat release starts November: Nexus first

Last night, a long bit of details on Android 4.4 KitKat appeared online via a confidential document that has leaked, and a few hours later on this fine Halloween Google rolled out the red carpet for the Nexus 5 running the next OS iteration. We'll be seeing the Nexus 5 on November 1, and not too long after, those with certain devices will be seeing Android 4.4 rolling their way, followed by a larger wave in due time.

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Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

Android 4.4 KitKat guide to what’s new: SlashGear 101

The newest version of Google's mobile operating system is on the way to devices of all kinds in the very near future, bringing a load of updates for the back end as well as the front in Android 4.4 KitKat. This version of the software brings changes first to the Google Nexus 5, made by LG. This device has a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution and is the headliner device for this OS.

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Nexus 5 official with 5-inch display and 4G LTE

Nexus 5 official with 5-inch display and 4G LTE

Today the Google Nexus 5 has been made official, readied for the Google Play store with LG as a manufacturer and a two-tier system in place. This smartphone works with a 4.95-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel display (that's Full HD 1080p) with 445 PPI (pixels per inch). Inside you'll find Android 4.4 KitKat readied for this phone first, followed by waves of Android devices in the near future.

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Nexus 5 details round-up: here on Halloween Eve

Nexus 5 details round-up: here on Halloween Eve

With the Nexus 5 / KitKat release nearly upon it, it's become time again to take a look at what we'll likely be seeing from Google as early as tomorrow. With Google's team-up with Nestle for the release of the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system upgrade - alongside several tips from independent sources - it only makes sense for Google to make a show of their release of "treats" tomorrow. The question then is - will anyone be invited, or will it be an online event only?

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Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

Android KitKat “Magic” and “Give” videos appear

While you'll not be seeing one whole heck of a lot of new details appearing on the operating system known as Android 4.4 KitKat in the following teaser trailer, you will find entertainment in abundance. Google and Nestle appear to be rolling out one - if not a whole series - of video advertisements for the public for their cross-branding effort in Android 4.4 KitKat. This video shows a couple of Androids working some magic with the chocolate candy bar.

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Nexus 5 details expand on shipping floor

Nexus 5 details expand on shipping floor

Today several photos have appeared from a shipping facility somewhere in the world with the Google Nexus 5 ready to hit stores sooner than later. This device is appearing with a black front, a black back, and a blue box not unlike that of the recent release of the 2013 edition of the Nexus 7. In its most basic aesthetic style, that is - there's a whole world of difference on the inside of this phone.

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Nexus 5 details add up: appearing in the UK and Netherlands UPDATE: and Israel

Nexus 5 details add up: appearing in the UK and Netherlands UPDATE: and Israel

This morning the LG-made Nexus 5 appears to be showing up in-stock (or nearly in-stock) across the world. One of the several stock images appearing this morning comes from Carphone Warehouse, a carrier inside the UK that's generally got leaks such as this just as often as the rest of the leaks universe. Another leak this morning comes from a Dutch website that's contacted a local retailer and found - via pre-order information - that their stock of Nexus 5 devices will be arriving as soon as Wednesday - making way for a Halloween or November 1st launch.

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