Android 4.4 KitKat: All new features at a glance

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Android 4.4 KitKat is finally here, bringing a slightly revised design and several new features with. We have thrown you for a look at the new version of Android.

Google has launched Android 4.4 KitKat, so here’s what it’s going to bring to you current Android smartphone.

KitKat launched with the Nexus 5 smartphone and is rolling out to older Nexus devices like the Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Nexus 4.

Android 4.4 KitKat: All new features at a glance
Android 4.4 KitKat is now available for Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Nexus 4. (Image: Google )


Beyond this, the roll out is a little more complicated. The Nexus range comes with plain Android, aka stock or vanilla Android, the operating system as Google has made it.

However, Google’s manufacturing partners are free to tweak and fiddle with Android as they please so that’s why different interfaces, aka skins or overlays, like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense exist. This makes rolling out new versions of Android take longer.

Although they can look completely different to the Android experience found on the Nexus devices, they will share the android 4.4 kitkat features. When the manufacturers do upgrade our device to 4.4 KitKat then here’s what it will bring if it’s available to you.

Nexus 5

Android 4.4 on the Nexus KitKat 5 (Image: Google)

Android 4.4 KitKat: design was slightly changed

During the latest iOS version a complete redesign of the user interface brought, one is content to Google with a few minor changes. The status and the notification bar are now under Android 4.4 KitKat transparent and disappear completely in the use of full-screen apps.

The phone app has been completely redesigned and now provides the ability to find nearby businesses, such as restaurants directly from the app and contact. Basically, the app replaces the yellow pages and saves having to use the search or other apps.

Android 4.4 KitKat: Hangouts assumes the SMS App

A separate news app for sending SMS is one under Android 4.4 Search KitKat long. This function takes from now on the Hangouts App . The combination of SMS and the existing features such as instant messaging, video and audio chats as well as the renunciation of an additional SMS app could make life difficult Hangouts other Messa gladly like WhatsApp – at least for the higher prevalence of Kitkat.

Now Google has also been revised and can be called with a wiping gesture from left to right from the home screen now. Voice Search can be started from within the app or the home screen directly with the voice command “Okay Google” without having to touch the display. The search can also not only Web content, but also content within the appropriate app. If you are looking for recipes that could be led to a matching entry within a cooking app.

Android 4.4 KitKat brings some new features.  (Photos: Google)

Android 4.4 KitKat brings some new features. (Photos: Google)

Android 4.4 KitKat: Under the hood

The new Android version brings some improvements for devices with the entry-level segment. So KitKat to run on devices with just 512 MB of RAM. The Google Apps should be less resource hungry. Thus, the Chrome browser is now to require, for example, about 16 percent less memory.

KitKat also brings a built-in pedometer to me, so programmers can avoid the development of an appropriate algorithm for their apps. Users, in turn, comes Google with revised options opposed to print. So should you simply can print content via Wi-Fi-enabled printer or cloud-based services like Google Cloud Print.

Android 4.4 KitKat is not eligible for the Galaxy Nexus

Users of the Galaxy Nexus are not in de enjoyment of Android 4.4 KitKat come, according to Google, the Nexus devices only the last 18 months are eligible for an upgrade. Nexus 7, Nexus 4 and the Google-play edition of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One should get the update in the coming weeks. The Nexus 5 already comes with pre-installed Android 4.4 on the market. It looks like other manufacturers with an update, will be, as usual, depends on various factors and can not be answered generally.

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