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Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat: Better for Business?

Google Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat: Better for Business?
The Nexus 5 is the first and only phone currently running the latest version of Android. / Credit: Google

Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone arrived this week boasting an array of new features for business users.

The Nexus 5, launched yesterday (Oct. 31), sports a sharp, 5-inch HD screen, next-generation hardware and Android 4.4 KitKat, making it the first and only phone currently running the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

The smartphone’s 2.3-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and improved memory management will make browsing and multitasking on the device smoother and faster than ever.

But it’s the updates to the Android operating system that could make this handset one of the best Android phones for business.

Notably, Android 4.4 introduces a smarter, more accessible version of Google Now, an intelligent personal assistant that can help business users stay on track and never miss a call or meeting.

The service works by monitoring your activity within the Google ecosystem and pushing relevant notifications to you as they're detected. In practice, the service can notify you of traffic delays, weather, upcoming appointments and much more.

It's more powerful than other notification services because of its tight integration with Google search and your existing Gmail and Google Calendar accounts.

Android 4.4 users can now access Google Now hands-free by saying “Okay Google.” The service also features improved voice-recognition capabilities.

The OS update also features native support for Quickoffice, a free Android-based office suite. The Nexus 5 will be the first Android smartphone to ship with the Quickoffice software pre-installed and fully integrated into its operating system.

That means business users on the go can more easily create and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, access documents stored on Google Drive, view PDF files, and more.

The Nexus 5 is also the first Android device with native printer support, making it easy send documents to the printer straight from your mobile device without fussing with third-party apps.

And the phone’s caller ID functionality has also been updated with Google Maps integration. Now when you get a call from a business that Google recognizes, the Nexus 5 will display its name on screen before you pick up.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.