The Nexus 5 KLP could be an interesting phone if rumours are correct:
- Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz, quad core
- 5.2” display, 1080p HD (4K resolution is too expensive to see in a Nexus product)
- 2 or 3 GB ram and 32/64/128/256GB storage support
- 13MP rear camera
- 2700 mAh battery
I hesitate to trust this rumour as many reports indicate that Key Lime Pie V5 is still a long way off –early 2014 at best. Despite that, Google may release KLP beta on a dual boot Nexus 5. That would be interesting if only to gauge public response.
I suspect that Android V4.x has more life in it yet. A substantial upgrade 4.3 is not far away and this is required to take advantage of many of the hardware features in new Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 ‘system on chip processors’, including higher camera resolutions, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0 etc.
iTWire has a comprehensive article on the capabilities of the Snapdragon 800 here – definitely worth a read.
Current premium smartphone owners will also be concerned to know that KLP will most likely not run on many current handsets, so Android 4.X needs to have an upgrade path of another 12-18 months if only to placate these users.
My sources suggest that, despite some comments to the contrary about KLP being able to run on older hardware with less memory, the work required by handset makers to achieve this would be extraordinary. “Total rewrite of all User Interfaces, rewrite of apps, issues with hardware buttons and lack of memory (KLP really needs 2GB for multitasking and video issues)” said an Android app developer. “More likely is that KLP will run on all future handsets with a base of a dual core processor and 2GB of ram,” he added.
Whatever the situation Google need not be concerned – KLP will be an automatic success and it needs to be more tightly controlled than Android has been in the past.