Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat Best Tips and Tricks

Google Nexus 5 Android 4.4 KK Best Tips and Tricks

Google has launched the Nexus 5 smartphone and there are tons of owners who don’t know some great tips and tricks on how to improve their device’s performance. Also, this post contains info on how to improve the Android 4.4 KitKat even if you’re not on a Nexus 5 device.

The Google Nexus 5 device runs on stock Android 4.4 along with the brand new Google Experience Launcher. It packs the Snapdragon 800 Quad-Core 2.3 Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage, no external sdcard, 4.95 inch True HD IPS screen, 8MP back facing camera, LED Flash, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, non-removable 2300 mAh battery along with full stock KitKat experience.

Below you can find some of the best tips and tricks that you can learn in order to get the best out of your Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat:

  • Launch the ‘Quick Camera’ right from the lock screen menu.
    - put the finger on the small camera icon shown at the bottom of the lock screen and that will launch Camera App.
  • Take the best possible photos by enabling the HDR (High Dynamic Range) functions. This will work best for still photos, don’t use HDR when trying to photograph things in motion.
    - the Nexus 5 should be running at least Android 4.4.1 KitKat firmware, as this version brought new improvements and updates.
    - HDR function combines two separate photos, one taken with low exposure and the other one at high exposure, which brings much more color, high-contrast and saturation.
  • Nexus 5 allows your to change the default SMS Application:
    - go to Settings, then open More under Wireless and Networks, go to Default SMS app and select the applications that you wish to handle your messaging.
    - Hangouts app manages is capable of managing SMS very well, so you should test that.
  • Open Quick Settings menu by swiping with two fingers from the top of the Nexus 5 display.
    - Notification panel can be opened the same way using one finger swipe.
    - if you want to open Notification panel or Quick Settings using other gestures then you can install Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher.
  • Find any local business using the Dialer screen of your device.
    - you can use the search bar at the top and you can find any phone number that belongs to a local store, restaurant and other businesses.
    - the best thing about the new Dialer is that whenever you will get a call from an unknown number, then Google will look up the number calling you and display the local business name.
  • Change between GPS Location Data Settings to reduce battery consumption:
    - Battery Saving GPS Mode uses only the Wi-Fi and Mobile Network to determine  location, it can be enabled by opening Settings, then Location, Mode and then select Battery Saving.
    - the Battery Saving Mode for Location will improve the autonomy of your phone’s battery life.
  • Lock Screen controls are supported for Google Play Movies, Play Music, Chromecast.
  • Android Runtime or ART replaces the old Dalvik virtual machine, so that all the applications in Android 4.4 KitKat will launch faster and without lag.
    - in order to find ART you will first need to enable Developer Options by going to About Phone, then tap seven times on the Build Number section.
    - enable ART by opening Developer Options, then Runtime and select ART.
    - ART is still an experimental feature so you might find some errors and bugs while using it, also note that not all Android applications will support it.
  • Under Developer Options section you will find the Process Stats option too.
    - Process Stats displays info on all the background apps and processes for you to see every single thing that is currently running on your device.
    - go to Developer Options, tap Process Stats and check the data listed by this new KitKat function, so that you’ll see which apps hog the phone’s memory and limit its performance.

If you can think of other simple tips and tricks that Nexus 5 users can use to improve their Android 4.4 KitKat performance, then you can list them in comments below.

 

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  • Mike

    I have a Nexus 4, and I had huge improvements when I switched to ART. It feels like a new phone, and reminds me a lot of my iPhone 4s in terms of UI responsiveness. Apps open 3-4x faster than before. It takes a while to initially convert the apps once you switch, but I’m so glad that I did it. Haven’t had a problem with any of the apps yet.