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Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5: a recap of the day’s event

After all the leaks, pictures, bluffs and fibs, Android 4.4 and the Nexus 5 are official. Released via the Google blog, the Android scene quickly ramped into an all-out frenzy over the newest flagship device and Android iteration from Google. With so much to take in, let’s recap the days events as they relate to all things Google.

Nexus 5 orders begin shipping hours after launch

Standing in almost pointed difference from the debacle last year, the Play Store has handled the crush of Nexus 5 orders remarkably well. Thought the device sold out in about 30 minutes, some orders have started going out already! That’s right, orders which we’re placed mere hours ago have begun leaving the Play Store warehouse, bound for destinations unknown (to us).

Nexus 5: 16GB inventory runs dry while 32GB ship date slips

Google quietly unveiled the Nexus 5 a short while ago and it looks like the inventory is being snatched up quickly. A quick check of the Play Store listing for the Nexus 5 now has the 16GB models showing as being out of stock. The 32GB model remains in stock, but given a slip in the shipping date -- we aren't sure how much longer that will last.

Nexus 5 gets an official unveil

With a quiet refresh of the Google Play Store, the devices page has added a banner introducing the Nexus 5. Given the lengthy stream of rumors and leaks, most of these details will be of little surprise. That being said, the Nexus 5 is now official and those who had been waiting -- will be able to move forward with a purchase.

Google’s core Android app updates climb to 16

This could only be coincidence, however it appears as if Google is doing some prep work for the upcoming announcement and launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Specifically, some public facing prep work. Reddit user JLishere has noticed that Google has been updating apps. Actually, updating quite a few of the core apps.

Google Play Store 4.4 rollout brings slide-out navigation

We got a bit of look at the updated Google Play Store release earlier in the week. This one was arriving as v4.4, specifically, v4.4.21. At the time the apk had been leaked for those who were comfortably with sideloading. As of today however, there appears to be a good news for those who had a bit more patience -- the update has begun rolling out.