Google is selling a new Android smartphone it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware.
The Nexus 5 phone is the first device to run on Kit Kat, the latest version of Google’s Android operating system.
As with previous Nexus phones, the latest will be sold only at full retail price, without subsidies that come with two-year contract agreements. It went on sale Thursday starting at $349, undercutting many rival phones at contract-free prices. The phone will work on most US wireless networks, but not Verizon’s. A Nexus 5 model also is available for European markets.
The Nexus 5 and Kit Kat software underscore Google’s ambition to ingrain its search engine and virtual assistant, Google Now, in people’s lives. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.