Google is selling a new Android smartphone that it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware.
The Nexus 5 phone revealed is the first device to run on Kit Kat, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.
With a 5-inch full HD screen and high-end specifications, the Nexus 5 offers a premium Android experience with a more affordable price tag, starting at £299, than other flagship Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, as well as Apple’s iPhone 5S.
The Nexus 5 and Kit Kat software highlight Google’s ambition to ingrain its search engine and virtual assistant, Google Now, even closer to people’s lives. In the process, Google hopes to generate most of its revenue via gathering insights that will enable it to sell advertisements.
Within next few weeks Google plans to make Kit Kat presented for other devices, but it will be up to individual manufacturers and their wireless carrier partners to decide if and when they will make the update available.
When visiting a tourist attraction such as Yellowstone National Park, Google Now might automatically show information about geysers from the Web.
“We want to get to the point where you glance at your phone and it always delights you with what you need,”said Sundar Pichai, a Google executive who oversees Android.s
Kit Kat also showcases a new feature in Google’s search technology to fuse results from the Web and applications installed on a phone. It has also improved its voice recognition technology.
The new phone features a screen that measures nearly 5 inches diagonally – about an inch longer than the iPhone – and weighs about 4.6 ounces. That’s about the same as the cheaper iPhone 5C, but more than the iPhone 5S’s 4 ounces.
The Nexus 5 also includes a feature, called the “dialer,” that will display phone numbers pulled directly from the Web instead of just a person’s contact list.