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Oct 10, 2013

Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 to Go Official on October 15

Next week, Google might finally take the wraps off the long rumored Nexus 5 smartphone, the first device in the world to run under the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

No official announcement on the matter has been made as of now, but Google’s Launchpad has an event set to take place soon, and rumor has it that it will be held on October 15, TechManiacs.gr notes. According to speculation, the upcoming version of Android will be in the spotlight there, which means that Nexus 5 will also be presented at the event.

However, previous reports on the matter suggested that Google won’t unveil the smartphone until October 30, and it remains to be seen whether the new rumor will pan out or not. For the time being, we’ll take it with a grain of salt, but stay tuned for more on the matter.

Nexus 5 leaked photo

Samsung Might Unveil Galaxy S5 in January 2014

South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics might speed up the unveiling of its next Android-based flagship, and it should make it official in January next year, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

Apparently, the company is very unhappy with the sales of Galaxy S4 and wants to bring the new device to the market sooner so as to counter that. The next flagship smartphone from the company should arrive on shelves in February, about two months earlier than previously expected, a report from South Korea unveils.

According to SamMobile, Galaxy S5 will feature a metal case, and it might also include Samsung’s 64-bit Exynos processor and a 16-megapixel camera on the back. The mobile phone is also expected to pack an eight-core CPU, and to run under Android 4.4 KitKat right from the start. However, nothing has been officially confirmed on this, so stay tuned.

Samsung to announce its Galaxy S5 flagship in January next year
Image credits to Samsung

Android Gmail Apps Starts Showing Ads

As expected, ads are starting to land in the latest version of the Android Gmail app. While ads have been a part of the desktop version of Gmail for a long time, they've been absent on mobile devices.

With Google giving Android for free and only making money from ads, it obviously can't afford to not monetize one of the most popular apps on the platform. Code in the latest Gmail app version hinted at ads becoming a reality for mobile users. Now, some are spotting the new ads in the wild. Interestingly, they're actually very similar to the somewhat controversial inbox ads that Google introduced along with the new tabbed inbox.

These ads show up in the actual inbox and look like regular messages, though they use a different color background, much like ads are displayed in search results. Google seems to be testing these ads on mobile devices for now, but it will likely expand their reach in time.

Ads in Gmail

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