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Monday Poll: What New Feature has You Most Excited for the Nexus 5?

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There is no denying that people are excited for the Nexus 5. We recently ran a poll asking what the bigger deal was – the Nexus 5, Kit Kat, Google’s reported smartwatch, a new Nexus 10, or something else? The Nexus 5 led the poll by a long shot, so now we want to know exactly why that is. What makes the Nexus 5 so special?

This Nexus device, as I put it in last week’s Droid Life Show, is the first Nexus phone since the Nexus One that really competes against all of the other top tier devices on the market in terms of specs. None of these specs are completely official, but thanks to many leaks and reports we have done, we can pretty much assume that the Nexus 5 will feature a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, finally have 4G LTE connectivity, a hopefully-improved camera sensor with possible OIS technology, and of course feature Google’s latest Android OS installment, Android 4.4 “Kit Kat.”

All of these things should add up to one serious Android experience.

Tell us down below what has you most excited for the Nexus 5. If it’s something other than what is listed in the poll, tell us in the comments section.

What new feature has you most excited for the Nexus 5?

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  • Destroythanet

    Hard to be excited about this when it isn’t coming to dumbass Verizon.

    • spoons

      wait, isn’t that what makes it exciting?

  • Thomas Westrick

    All of the above

  • imronburgundy

    iOS 7

  • Jordan

    How about a choice that says “Because it has all of the above!”

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I’m saying kitkat. the 1080p screen lte combo has me curious of how the battery will handle.

  • MichaelFranz

    as much as i loved my gnex and would love another nexus. I am so spoiled by moto’s active notifications and ok google now i would hate to leave it

    • jscofi

      this wont have active notifications, but will have “ok google now”

  • Stevedub40

    I voted for Kit Kat, but like you mentioned Kellen, this looks to be a device that will at least meet the bar – if not exceed in terms of specs and looks. I have been dying for another stock Android device since I moved on from my G-Nex.

  • undeadwolfy

    Hoping Google get rid of that piss poor camera app and give us something which at least plays catchup to all the other features flagship phones have.

    • Skittlez

      nah, those other camera apps are cluttered. i like the simplicity of the android app.

      • undeadwolfy

        Having useful and the latest features doesn’t have to make a camera app cluttered. How the UI is designed is what determines that. The camera app can still be neat and tidy and still have all those features which are obviously missing and with the lack of make the camera a very invaluable feature.

        • Skittlez

          so far, all of them with those features are cluttered, which leave me to believe this would have the same fate. Google has always been about being simplistic, and thats what they offer.

          • undeadwolfy

            Simplistic doesn’t have to mean ‘lacking essential camera phone software’. I love Google’s design philosophy. But sometimes you just gotta face the music and realise they’re lacking in this aspect.

          • Vincent Marino

            I agree there could be more to the camera app, but only a little. Most camera Uis aren’t necessarily cluttered, so much as bogged down with useless features. Google could add a few, but what they should really work on is image processing for a better output.

  • Kree Terry

    if it comes to vzw in any form ill get it, i dont mind vow bull crap “testing” delaying updates bc ill be running roms any way so just give me the phone on my carrier and ill be a happy man.

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  • Rodeojones000

    Verizon compatible.

    In non-pipe dream features, I’m looking forward to what the new version of Android has to offer.

  • Charlie

    f**kin verizon. that is all…

  • Bill Hill

    Sick battery life… owait

  • chris125

    Kit-kat since I am on verizon and have a nexus 7 since we all know this wont be coming to verizon. At least I will be able to have the latest updates right away to get my nexus fix.

  • How about everything cause its gonna be my first phone and birthday gift.

  • Droidzilla

    Been running LTE on my Nexus 4 for a while, and I really don’t see the advantage over HSPA+42. I’m thinking of flashing the radio back once T-Mobile’s LTE network gets more congested and their HSPA+ network gets less so. I’ve found that network congestion means far more for connexion speeds than LTE vs. HSPA+.

  • clay

    needs another option:
    upgrading from gnex and dropping vzw

    • Michael Gillenwalters


    • Michael

      Not leaving verizon, $30 unlimited lte no throttling, $70 monthly bill > New Phone

      • jscofi

        tmobile has $30 a month first 5 gbs at LTE.
        unlimtied texting, 100 minutes (but hangouts has free calling over data/wifi)
        $30 > $70 a month. saves you $960 over 2 years.


    Hope there will be a Full Screen mode in Kit Kat

  • Trevor

    For me, its the entire package as a whole. Can’t wait to get another Nexus device!

  • Pedro

    Availability would be awesome!
    But, at least it’ll work on my network. Which one? Any network but VZW.

  • brkshr

    I’m surprised 1080p is so low in the poll after all the complaining everyone did when the Moto X was confirmed to be 720p…

    • Blue Sun

      I’m sure if the poll allowed for 2 or 3 selections, it would have been higher.

    • Droidzilla

      1080p vs 720p is a complete marketing non-issue for me on anything less than 32″. I’m betting, for all the loudness of people moaning about the Moto X’s “shortcomings,” a lot of people feel the same as I do.

  • Anthony Bottari

    I really want this phone but that would mean leaving VZW and giving up my unlimited data…Not sure if I’m ready to do that yet..arghh..so frustrating!!!!

    • Droidzilla

      I got true unlimited on T-Mobile, LTE, HSPA+, unlimited minutes and text, and I’m saving money over Verizon. Verizon used to be stupid fast on LTE, but since the release of the iPhone 5 their speeds dropped to below even AT&T HSPA+ in my area.

      • John Davids

        Yeah, T-Mobile would be great if they even had 1/4th the coverage of VZW. Their plans are great but mean nothing to the people where they have zero service.

      • Anthony Bottari

        I saw that on their site today actually. I’m just so afraid of having bad coverage and regretting my decision ya know!

    • Coop

      Trade an unlimited Verizon data plan with someone who has an unlimited AT&T data plan.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    What features… After all the leaks we still don’t know about any features.

  • Chris I

    I’m most excited about seeing people post that choo choo motherfucker picture again. That’s funny.

    • Guy Meatdrapes

      well here you go then…. motherfucker

  • Chris

    Am I the only one waiting for Hangouts to take over?

    • No, that is my most wanted feature. I would use GVoice as my main number and make calls through it.

      • mgamerz

        You can already do that with grooveip, its just a bit more work.

        • You can do the same thing with Talkaphone, but the UI is ugly. I’ve tried it on my Nexus 7. I want something deeply integrated into android so it almost feels like using a standard thing. Imagine if the dialer could do VoIP.

          • Brandon Haines

            again you get that with grooveIP. I use it here overseas with my prepaid phone number i had on virgin mobile. All you really need is data and your good, it gets incoming and outgoing calls. The only thing that doesnt work is texting, they just implemented it and its still a little buggy.

  • callumshell1

    And by something else I mean nothing. At this point, a phone is a phone.

  • Hunter

    as a Verizon HTC One owner, I’m super siked about this “Google Experience”

  • Bill Anderson

    I’m most interested in it for NOT being my Galaxy Nexus…

    • Adam Truelove

      Other than the battery, I love my Gnex.

      • Bill Anderson

        You don’t play Ingress, do you?

      • TheDrunkenClam

        The battery is removable… http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-ETC-CPK008GSTA-Verizon-Battery-Charger/dp/B006GBU0SO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1382393370&sr=8-9&keywords=verizon+galaxy+nexus+spare+battery+charger
        Buy this and stop wining please…
        And before you say it, even huge non removable batteries will wear down after a year.

        • Adrynalyne

          “I am bleeding.”

          –“Get a bigger bandaid.”

          “Yeah, but I am still bleeding.”

          –“Use a another bandaid when that one is full.”

          “But, I am still…you know what? Screw you, I’m going to the doctor and getting stitched up!”

          Tossing in bigger batteries doesn’t stop the hemorrhaging of battery life in the Gnex, it just slows it down. The fix is to get another device.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Did someone get a jump to conclusions mat for their birthday? You clearly did not click the link I posted. Its a spare battery charger. It allows you to charge an EXTRA battery without it having to be in the phone. When your battery runs out, you swap in the fully charged one.
            Never did I say that having a larger battery is a solution. In fact, quite the opposite. A non removable battery will lose its life eventually and then you’re stuck with a brick.

          • Adrynalyne

            You missed the point. Let me put it in caps and so you will understand.


            Clear enough? Because I hit every one of those scenarios with my tongue in cheek skit.

          • TheNobility

            Something that lets your phone stay on longer, doesn’t fix the battery life. seemslegit.jpg

          • Adrynalyne

            If you can’t see the fault in your logic…well that sucks bro.

            Being surrounded by gas stations doesn’t fix bad gas mileage in a car…right?

            You just learned to cope with it.

          • TheNobility

            Yes, my logic is at fault. Instead of getting something to help the battery, you want a new phone.

          • Adrynalyne

            Isn’t that what people do when their device is no longer capable of meeting their needs?

            Bandaids, or new device. It is a personal choice, but no amount of carrying extra batteries fixes the FACT that the Gnex has battery life problems that are hardware deep.

            I don’t know about you, but I carry a smartphone to lower the amount of extra things I need to carry to accomplish the task. If you need half a dozen extra batteries to make it through the day, you have defeated the purpose of carrying around ONE device for many people.

          • Disagree, replaceable batteries make all the difference. When your battery stops being able to hold a reasonable charge (every charge/discharge cycle reduces it’s capacity) you can just put a brand new battery in the device and get like-new battery life.

          • Adrynalyne

            Kind of like masking bad gas mileage by constant fill ups, or putting gas cans in your trunk.

            You still have bad gas mileage. You didn’t fix it, you instead learned to cope.

          • Not like that at all, even if you don’t swap batteries on a regular basis you can always replace your battery every year or so.

            The proper analogy would be replacing your fuel filter when it gets clogged and harms your performance/mileage as opposed to just buying a new car.

          • Adrynalyne

            We will have to agree to disagree on that.

            Replacing your fuel filter when its clogged as an analogy would imply that your gas mileage was good before that. Battery life was never good on the gnex. It reminds me of my old chevy truck from high school. Big engine, low power, 8 mpg.

        • Bill Anderson

          I actually don’t have that big of issue with the battery. My issues are:
          – SLOOOOOW. Heavy site in Chrome. Ingress, etc.
          – Crappy Camera
          – Bad radios. Both WiFi and CDMA/LTE. Every other device I have is much better around my house for WiFi, and other Verizon users always have more bars than I do.

          Gimme a Nex5!

        • Skittlez

          thats not the point. the battery used to be great with the stock battery. 17-20 hours were the norm for me, but now even with a new stock battery, i was lucky if it got 8-10. the phone with the updates just sucks battery down now.

          • UniBroW

            Are you using Google Now? Google constantly caching your location will drain your battery, doesn’t matter what device you have you will notice it. Some devices it’s more noticeable on then others.

    • turdbogls

      agreed, not sure what i am most looking forward to.
      better battery life is a big one
      better display is another big one
      better camera is yet another one
      better software is up there…though i am pretty confident i would get it on the Gnex anyway
      Hangouts is another one, but again, will get it over a play store update
      and no more verizon BS. so thankful to get off their slow ass network with a terrible (as in radio signal) phone. i dont even pull down 1Mbps at work on LTE….my neighbor (as in the guy sitting right next to me) pulls down 7-8 all day on T-Mobile HSPA (not even “+”)
      cheaper phone bill
      and a shiny new toy!!

  • NBM

    I am interested in seeing the “always listening” function enabled on capable hardware (at the moment the SD800)
    … but I don’t know if that would be KitKat/independent (like “Beam” for NFC in ICS), or part of the KitKat GPE, or Google Search which currently handles voice-search/Google Now. or maybe it’ll be totally hardware/device dependent.

    • Ian Smith

      that’s a lot of ORS but i agree, i am curious how well that is implemented as well. my ideal situation would be having the N5 in a car dock w/ wireless charging built in, playing music over bluetooth, and being able to be controlled by my voice since it will be charging the entire time.

    • sirmeili

      Does it have “always listening”? I thought it only had it on the home screen and in google now. I’d love to be wrong. This is one of the things that is making me think I want a motoX instead of the Nexus 5.

    • ανώνυμος

      This. I’m hoping the N5 utilizes something like the X8 chip…except with the Snapdragon. It would be so full of wins!

      • NBM

        the SD800 already has the function, in phones already released and everything… it’s just a matter of enabling it. The fact that manufacturers haven’t touched it makes me think it’s going to be part of Android in some way or another

        • ανώνυμος

          Ah, I guess I didn’t do my research. Thanks for the info!

  • afazel

    Sprint tri-band LTE with the possibility that it’ll be sold in the Play store and able to be activated on Sprint.

    One can dream about the latter…

  • brkshr

    O All of the above

  • nvitone23

    800, KitKat, and improved camera FTW!!!

  • Crappy battery life!

    • grumpyfuzz

      A thread on XDA everyone should read complaining about the battery:

      • That’s as much speculation as what I just said, but Nexus devices do have a history of poor battery… And this one is non removable.

        • Skittlez

          i’ve had 2 nexus devices, and i had great battery life for the most part.

          • I’ve owned a Galaxy Nexus and still own a Nexus 7.

            The Verizon GNex battery was terrible. If I made it through 8 hours of a normal work day, I was thrilled. The Nexus 7 is not all that great compared to other tablets. I get a full day out of it, though.

            I have heard the Nexus 4 was better, but I’m on Verizon, so yeah.

      • Pedro

        Hell, the fact that the modem isn’t a USB device will get rid of all the msm_hsic_host kernel wakelocks. The phone will sleep an extra hour.

        • Skittlez

          aw man, i love sleep

  • Brandon Golway

    Honestly I’m not really excited for it.

    • bweN


      • Brandon Golway

        Since when are noobs people that have owned 7+ Android devices over the course of 3 or 4 years and modded the hell out of every single one of them? Go back under your bridge troll!

        • bweN

          It was a joke donkey, don’t get your panties all in a bunch.

  • Danny Dodge

    Just want kit kat on nex 4 😀

  • Setzer83

    I think my favorite thing about the phone is the price (assuming the leak was correct). A high-end Android phone for a few hundred bucks? Okay!

    • Droidzilla

      Same as the Nexus 4 and the Galaxy Nexus; can’t see why they’d change it now.

  • Daniel

    If it came to Verizon, had a MicroSD slot, or even had a removable battery I’d care AT ALL…sadly, the only thing will be 4.4 features I’ll hope trickle down to the rest of us…

    • Pedro

      They will.
      You did say ‘trickle’. And they’ll trickle down in OEM skins. Early next summer.

  • Tim242

    Why are so many excited about KitKat? It is nothing more than a few UI tweaks.

    • Joseph A. Yager

      How do you know so much about it already?

      • Tim242

        The gazillion leaks?

        • Joseph A. Yager

          I was actually hoping for “that’s my point, we know so little that there isn’t anything to be excited about, yet.” Then I would have said, “touche!” And we’d all have shared a good laugh.

          • Tim242

            Over my head ^ haha

          • Skittlez

            i think what he’s trying to say is all we’ve seen is pictures. no one’s explained if anything is different yet

    • Should be much more than just some UI tweaks. Hard to tell without a changelog yet, but Kit Kat should really bring all of Google’s services together in a more fluid and usable package. It’s pretty exciting.

      • Tim242

        I’m thinking that will be more Google Services magic. I’m not sure that KK could affect anybody not on it. The leaks have just shown just UI changes. Maybe they will surprise us. Or…maybe you know something. I will come tickle it out of you…

        • How did you know I was super ticklish? Creepy…..lol

    • David Henry

      I’d agree that all we have seen are UI changes, but that is because so much has been image leaks. Something like ‘Project Butter’ wouldn’t have been visible in those kind of press leaks but it made a world of difference.

      But I also recognize that I’m being hopeful…

  • cheese

    how about data calling so i dont have to rely on carrier minutes?

    • Droidzilla

      If you have a Nexus phone, odds are you’re on an unlimited plan (Straight Talk, T-Mobile, Net10, etc. are all unlimited minutes and text). Only worthwhile one I can think of that’s not unlimited is the T-Mobile $30 plan.

      • Anonymous Coward

        Yup, and guess which plan I have…

  • Shawn John

    I hope it has an infrared sensor and wifi-calling. I need those two features.

    • nvitone23

      if google voice is integrated into hangouts like the iOS app that was released just recently then it will

  • cheese

    i want a sony xperia nexus phone.

    • Alex Boro

      Sony’s displays on the xperia z and zl sucked though.

      • cheese

        Many reviewers have commented how their Bravia Engine display is one of the best they’ve seen.

    • grumpyfuzz

      You don’t even need 1080p, and 1440p would just be a battery killer and you couldn’t even tell the difference between them. Hardly even between a 1080p and 720p screen.

      • cheese

        Ok. By your measure, let’s stick with 720p displays for the next 10 years.

        People can tell a difference between 720p/1080p even on their smartphones. To some it won’t matter, but for tech enthusiasts it’s something that they would want.

        Ever since the Moto X came out this whole ‘720p is good enough’ flavor of the month comment is starting to get annoying.

        • Droidzilla

          I’ve always been fine with 720p on smartphones, and I wouldn’t care at all if it stayed that way until they were able to make GPU performance the same on both 720p and 1080p.

          • cheese

            I’m fine with 720p displays, but then again, I’ve never used a 1080p display on a smartphone myself. When I go to stores and compare my Galaxy Nexus to 1080p displays, I personally notice an increase in sharpness.

            Will I be watching 1080p videos on a smartphone? Nope.

            I will be watching 720p/1080p youtube videos though.

          • Droidzilla

            How much of that is tech difference (i.e. the GNex having an OLED pen-tile)?

          • Skittlez

            i had a Gnex and now have G2. MASSIVE difference

        • grumpyfuzz

          In 10 years mobile processors will be able to push pixels on a 1080p screen easily. But on a 720p screen today, there is a lot less stutter on applications like chrome. As of right now I prefer 720p because applications seem to be smoother. I guess in my opinion I’d rather have smoothness today rather than things being extra sharp. Eventually though, 1080p screens will be extra sharp and extremely smooth, so then I’ll be on board with it, even though personally I can’t tell much of a difference unless I am watching a YouTube video on a 720p phone, then I go watch it on something like the HTC One.

  • Ian Smith

    we all knew this was coming

  • George264

    This post actually has me thinking, why do I want to upgrade my Nexus 4 to a 5? There’s nothing that I really need in the 5 over the 4. Hm. The only thing I’d say is better is the build quality. Glass is great and all, but like the iPhone it makes the phone feel super delicate and when i put it on a table or a marble surface, i place it gingerly. DNA and 8X don’t have this problem because, well, it’s plastic. Even the One there’s no trouble, because it’s all metal. Would love the plastic(first time I’m ever saying that). That is, if it is soft touch or a high-quality feeling one.

    • If you can live without 4G LTE, then upgrading from the N4 would mean you care about the photos your phone produces, as well as a display with higher resolution. That’s about it. The N4 will get Kit Kat soon after the N5 launches, so that shouldn’t be the reason anyone upgrades from the N4. The addition of the Snapdragon 800 processor could be unnoticed by most consumers.

      • George264

        Definitely forgot about the camera, the camera on the 4 is about as bad as the GN >_< (that's my face just thinking about the GN) LTE is also another factor, hm this might actually be a good upgrade as long as the price is low enough. And the 800 would probably go unnoticed considering how well the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 performs now.

        • Software optimizations have made current processors perform just fine, thankfully. And yes, the GN produced some awful photos lol

          According to the recent leak, we’re looking at $350 for the 16GB Nexus 5. Not too bad at all!

          • George264

            The larger 32GB version would be really nice too

      • Droidzilla

        If you’re a DL reader and not yet able to use LTE on your Nexus 4, you’re doing it wrong.

        • Justin Kos

          Awesome comment +2

    • Droidzilla

      If my Nexus 4 didn’t get broken, I wouldn’t be buying the 5. It looks to be an upgrade, but not one significant enough to justify the purchase. If I were on a GNex, though, I’d be all over it. Also, I’ll most likely be upgrading my other Nexus 4 next year with whatever the next phone is.

  • TheRobotCow

    That it’s coming to Verizon!
    Oh wait…….

  • Ben Murphy

    DAT camera!

  • grumpyfuzz

    I would have to say KitKat, but LTE is close behind for me.

    • Droidzilla

      If you’re on a Nexus 4, just go flash the radios that allow LTE. It’s stupid easy. Then again, you probably won’t see any improvement if you’re in an HSPA+42 area (might even see a connexion speed drop).

      • grumpyfuzz

        I’m on a GSM galaxy nexus, and on AT&T haha. But assuming your on T-Mobile, HSPA+ is crazy fast. Also, even if I was on a nexus 4, the LTE wouldn’t work with AT&T.

        • Droidzilla

          True; wrong band for AT&T, and they only had HSPA+32 anyway. Then again, after the iPhone 5 clogged up Verizon LTE traffic I was seeing better speeds using AT&T HSPA+ than with Verizon LTE in my area.

          • grumpyfuzz

            Wow, never used verizon LTE but that sounds extremely slow. AT&T’s HSPA+ probably has the same amount of coverage as Verizon’s LTE, and considering it’s faster, the only reason I could imagine staying with Verizon is because of unlimited. I’m glad I have grandfathered unlimited at AT&T haha.

  • Jeff

    I’m just kind of excited to have a Nexus phone that will get direct and timely updates. Never had one before.

    • Blue Sun

      I’m looking forward to a device with timely updates too. I thought I had a Nexus phone (VZW Galaxy Nexus), & a GED tablet (Xoom 4G LTE), but I was misinformed at the time of my purchases.

      • Adam Truelove

        The VZW Gnex does get timely updates, just not from Verizon. I was running 4.3 on it 3 hours after it hit AOSP.

        • I was running 4.2 on mine a day after it was announced at IO. Still moved onto the S3 where even though it isn’t a Nexus I am able to run 4.3 with WAY better battery life.

        • capecodcarl

          So, is the radio firmware open source on the Galaxy Nexus as well or are you guys stuck just running whatever Verizon pushes out?

          • Adrynalyne

            No radio firmware on any phone is open source.

            We are stuck with the radios that Verizon allows, or are leaked.

          • turdbogls

            yup…the difference between my G-nex and my Wife’s Razr HD is just ridiculous.

            verizon network is still slow as %$&* though in 95% of the places i am in. nice strong LTE signal and i cannot pull down more than like 8Mbps anywhere.

      • Adrynalyne

        Timely stock updates, you mean.

        • Blue Sun

          Agreed. That frustration lead to me rooting/unlocking bootloaders. VZW’s slow roll out policy does nothing to prevent poorly working software from getting released in my opinion. It just pushes out the date of the fix.

          • Droidzilla

            Kind of funny that the only phone I didn’t feel like immediately rooting/ROMing was my Nexus 4, the most easily hackable device out there.

      • fauxshizzl

        Same here man, on both devices, paid for in full..

    • Shaggy723

      It’s an awesome experience. Hell, my gsm gnex is still awesome with 4.3 on it.

    • 4g63mark

      Jeff, you should check out sites like XDA-Developers, and Rootzwiki. Both have lots of support for many different phones on all networks. You can download a stock AOSP ROM and get updates WAY MORE frequently than Google could ever possibly keep up with. Plus in many cases it will be a FAR SUPERIOR Android build than what Google offers. Many useful additions, performance tweaks, shortcuts, as well as better UI and call quality…….. Good luck bud. 🙂

  • Shane Redman

    KitKat! A version of Android For All!!!!

  • sc0rch3d

    the fact that ‘5’ is in name is driving me wild

    • Michael Smith

      Same here! I don’t care if it’s the same phone as before as long as there is a version number increment!

      • Morbid138

        *cough* isheep…. *cough*

        • spoons


    • Pedro

      5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

      That’s my name. Go wild.

  • Damian

    All of the posts from just Tim has me to believe Kellen is traveling to an event!

    • I can tell you, he was on vacation this weekend. He’ll be back tomorrow. Sorry, not a secret Nexus event 🙁

      • Damian

        Well that makes sense. I thought there was an embargo going on and I was just waiting for the press release to come out. It is the 21st after all, guess you can’t believe the conspirators!

        • Can you ever trust the Interwebz? Naw.

      • Pedro

        Is he taking Ron’s place for the iPad announcement?

        • You nailed it, because we were totally invited to that event lol

          • Pedro

            So Ron’s in New York. Awesome.

            This KitKat software is totally awesome. I’d download it if I were you. I just updated to iOS 7.1