Android 4.4 KitKat is here, Here’s what it brings

Android 4.4 KitKat

The new version of Android that is Android 4.4 KitKat is finally here along with the new Nexus hardware, Nexus 5 that Google have just announced and although the latest Android version is not a complete overhaul of the operating system it brings quite a few features and polishes the design more.

Major Changes that come with Android 4.4

Android 4.4 KitKat

So let’s divulge in all the new features Android 4.4 KitKat brings and if you want to know all the extensive exhausting details about the new Android version then hit the source link below.

Google Now integration “Ok Google”

We all love Google Now on our Android smartphones and we wanted it to be more integrated all across from day one and now Google has finally fulfilled our wishes. Now you can use your Android smartphone hands free just like the Moto X. You can wake up Google now by saying “Ok Google” while on the homescreen and then you can use voice commands to play a song, search the web, get driving directions or sending a text.

Messaging integration to Hangouts

Android 4.4 KitKat

The SMS and MMS apps have been integrated into the Hangouts app and now you can chat to people on text and Hangouts at the same place making it more streamlined.

Interface is Polished

Android 4.4 KitKat brings some user interface changes as well which make the whole interface even more beautiful. The status and the navigation bar are now translucent and the status bar icons are now white. There is now ability for the apps to run in full screen and you can swipe from the edge of the display to bring the navigation buttons. There’s full screened album art in the music player and on the lock screen. All in all Android now looks more polished and beautiful.

New Phone app and Improved Caller ID

There’s a new Phone app with Android 4.4 KitKat which automatically prioritizes contacts which you talk to most. There’s also a better improved caller ID which works similarly to TrueCaller. When you get a call from an unknown number, the new caller ID searches through local listings in the Google Maps and lets you know.

Improved performance on low end devices

Well frankly Android sucks on low end devices and this is the reason why we chose Nokia Lumia 520 as the Best smartphone to buy under Rs. 10k but now Google has now taken the matter in its own hands and made sure it works well on low end devices. Google has optimised the memory consumption on Android and even on RAM extensive apps such as Chrome, YouTube to work well on devices with 512 MB RAM.

KitKat streamlines every major component to reduce memory use and introduces new APIs and tools to help you create innovative, responsive, memory-efficient applications.

Native Printing Support

Android 4.4 KitKat

Now you can print web pages, docs and photos directly from your Android smartphone if your printer is connected to Google Cloud Print or if your printer has an app at the Play Store.

Better Multitasking

Google has made improvements in multitasking on Android 4.4 KitKat with better memory management and better touch responsiveness so that your touch responds instantly.

Emojis on Google keyboard

Android 4.4 KitKat

Google has brought some popular emojis to the keyboard on Android 4.4 KitKat and you can also send .gif files through Messaging or via Hangouts.

New Immersive Mode

Android 4.4 KitKat

The new immersive mode lets you use the screen estate and hides the status bar and notification bar while you read a book, watch movies or any other app you want to use in full screen. You can bring back the controls by just swiping from any edge.


So these are all the major changes Android 4.4 KitKat brings while other notable changes include improvements to NFC, Audio tunneling to DSP, low power consuming sensors which should improve support for wearable devices, Bluetooth enhancements and IR blaster support and full screen video recording. There’s a lot more going under the hood as well and lots more features for developers so hit the source link below to know more of those and do tell us what you think of the new Android 4.4 KitKat…


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Rupesh is an avid mobile geek and a movie lover. He loves to keep a tab on new gadgets and loves watching movies. Now a high time tech blogger here, along with a daytime engineering student. You might soon find him blogging about movies too!
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