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Wildest rumors of Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 [Update]

Authored by: Kris Carlon — Oct 16, 2013

We just shared the rumors that there might be a Nexus 4 LTE-version alongside the Nexus 5 and that got us thinking about some of the other more unlikely things we've heard about the new operating system and Google flagship smartphone. Here's some of the more humorous, tenuous and hilarious KitKat and Nexus 5 rumors.

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Is October 23rd the date to circle in your calendar? / © YouTube / googlenexus

Nexus 7 video Easter Egg

In one of the Nexus 7 promotional videos there is a shot of the home screen at 0:09 with October 23rd displayed on the clock widget. The time is 7:12 and if you subtract those you get the eerily significant number 5. Coincidence or premonition? This would put a launch date for Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 next Wednesday – Wednesday Addams, in the lead up to Halloween? Hmmmm. Likely.


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Everybody Dance Now

The KitKat Google+ page shot to significance a couple of weeks ago when it inadvertently leaked the October release date of Android 4.4 – not that we didn't already kind of know that anyway. Now, the page has posted an image of a chocolate Android KitKat with the message: ''Everybody dance now!'' The line is from C+C Music Factory's ''Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)'' - a 4 minute, 4 seconds long song (4.4 anyone?) - and is clearly a reference to the launch of Android 4.4 on October 18th, the same date the song was released. C+C becomes K+K on Friday?

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Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) was released October 18th, 1990. / © Google+/KitKat

Nexus 5 hidden in Android 4.3

A Reddit fan by the name of bigtop77 shared this a while back and everyone laughed at him – probably for good reason – but now his discovery of the Nexus 5 inside the Android 4.3 camera app has gained credibility. If you look at the camera icon in the newly redesigned Android 4.3 camera app, you'll see that when switching between front and back cameras, the icon is in fact exactly the same shape as the Nexus 5, including the pin hole ear piece and extra large, off-center camera lens placement on the rear. Now, if you multiply four times three and add five you get Thursday, October 17th. Sounds about right, no?

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It seems silly, but it's totally true. / © bigtop77

Trick or Treat

The last one comes with the obvious fact that KitKat is candy and chocolate candy at that. Several pundits have taken a stab at Halloween being the date simply because it's candy related. Why no other Android releases have happened on that day doesn't enter the equation. So the rumor has it that anyone showing up to one of the various Google Headquarters around the world on Halloween night will get a surprise treat in the shape of a free Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 KitKat.

OK, I made that last one up, but what the heck, the rest are just as bogus!

[Update: 5:15 PM Berlin time, 16.10.13]

The latest colorful mathematics suggestion has yet again come from KitKat's Google+ page. I think they're just enjoying stringing us along, but why not, without a real announcement we've got nothing else to go on. Check out the G+ post below and the best decryption of its meaning I've seen so far from a dubiously-named commenter. What do you think?

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© KitKat (Google+)
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© Richard Colon (Google+)
Kris Carlon comes to the AndroidPIT Editorial Team via a lengthy period spent traveling and relying on technology to keep him in touch with the outside world. He joined the Android community while resurfacing in civilization back in 2010 and has never looked back, using technology to replace his actual presence in other people's lives ever since. He can usually be found juggling three phones at once and poring over G+ posts, Reddit and RSS feeds.

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