The wait is finally over. After weeks of anticipation, Google has finally released a new Android version and a new phone to show it off. KitKat adds a lot of new features like "immersive mode", a smarter Phone app, Hangouts integrated with SMS/MMS, and more features in Google Now. They've also slimmed down the memory footprint of the OS and some other Google services, which hopefully should improve performance on older and less capable devices, as well as improve battery life.
To show it all off properly, they also introduced the Nexus 5, the "slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made". A lot of focus (pardon the pun
) has been put on the camera and pictures in general. The 8 megapixel camera includes optical image stabilization and well as a new HDR+ mode to get you the best possible shot. It features a 4.95", 1920x1080 display, along with a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, a choice of 16 or 32GB of storage space, and just about anything else you would expect on a high-end smartphone (except an SD card slot
The Nexus 5 is available from Google Play today, and will be available from other retailers in time for the holidays. KitKat will be available for the Nexus 4, 7, 10, as well as the Google Play editions of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S 4 "in the coming weeks".
Sources: Official Google Blog, Google Nexus 5 Page