Nexus 5 & Android 4.4 KitKat Announcement Possible Today (Update 2)
Update: added the Morning with Google+ livestream video.
A Morning with Google+ is scheduled to start at 12:30 Eastern, 9:30 AM Pacific, with a live stream of the event where, “The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates.”
Initially this looked like just another Google event that would steal some of the hype around the Nexus 5 release and the Android 4.4 update announcement, but a leak and a post from Vic Gundotra the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google, point to something that is bigger than Google+.
In a post to Google+ this morning Gundotra used the hashtag #momentsthatmatter. This is the same phrase that appeared on a Nexus 5 pre-registration page for Canadian carrier Wind Mobile. The carrier is no longer showing the page, but the wording is spot on as shown in this screen capture from Android Police.
This also lines up with the tagline for the Nexus 5 from the Google Play Store leak, which focuses on capturing moments that matter, whether they are epic or ordinary. The Google Play Store description for the Nexus 5 was,
“Capture the everyday and the epic in fresh new ways.”
While not an outright confirmation, the focus on taking great photos lines up with the rumored 8MP camera with optical image stabilization and sharing them clearly falls within the Google+ realm of Google. Google+ auto enhances photos uploaded to the service, delivering impressive results.
Gundotra is in charge of Google’s mobile phone apps and developer efforts. The latest Android updates and features shifted from major system enhancements that take forever to arrive due to carrier holdups and manufacturer testing and into major app updates that come to users almost immediately after the announcement.
The Android 4.4 KitKat update’s slogan is, “It’s our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” This leads many to speculate that we could see faster features rolled out via apps and possibly the Android 4.4 KitKat update will lay the rest of the groundwork for a new plan to deliver features to users faster.
The Morning with Google event will live stream on the Google+ page and so far 23,000 users are RSVP’d to what may be the Nexus 5 announcement. At this point there is a lot of dot connecting, and this may just be Google leveraging the Nexus 5 hype, so don’t get your hopes up too high.