KitKat makes Android Smoother and Better

Yes, we’re not kidding. Though if you’re considering KitKat as chocolate, then you are partially correct. We are talking about the Android version 4.0 which is code-named as KitKat. Along with the Nexus 5, Google has updated the Android Operating System to 4.4 which brings a lot of changes to world’s most used device platform. Read on to find what the latest version of Android offers your devices-

Android 4.4 KitKat

Design

Android had a major design change with the 4.0 and 4.1 versions (Ice Cream Sandwich and JellyBean) with the Holo interface, notification bar, quick settings menu, etc. The 4.4 KitKat is mostly the same with couple of interesting and useful capabilities-

  • Transparent notification bar and navigation bar
  • Immersive mode aka full screen mode in the device
  • Accessing location settings from quick settings
  • Ability to change home screen launcher from settings directly

Hardware

One of the biggest issues with anyone using a low-end Android device is the constant lagging issues. This is because the Android requires high processing power. However, the Android 4.4 KitKat intends to change that as it can support even the basic specification. According to Google, the OS can run smoothly on even 512 MB of RAM.

Features

  • One app for messaging: Hangouts app will now be able to become a universal hub for your communications as it not only lets you chat with friends online, but also send and receive SMS and MMS messages from anyone.
  • Cloud Storage support: While earlier if we were using a cloud storage service, we had to go to particular app and open or save a file, making it a painful and time-consuming process, the OS can support those services inherently. This means that you can directly open files stored on the device or any cloud storage website.
  • Dialer also gets advancements: Now the Android’s dialer will also be prioritizing contacts. If you’re getting a call from an unknown number, then the company will call about the details.
  • Google Now at your service: Google Now is one of the most appreciated features of Android, but you still have to enable it to use it. With Android 4.4, you can use it by simply saying ‘Okay Google’ and then start your query. Unfortunately, this feature would be enabled in Nexus 5 right now.
  • Cover Art: When you are using chromecast or in a lock screen, then a big cover art of music being played will be shown. This way, one can also control the music playback.
  • WiFi and Bluetooth protocols: Google has added some new protocol support for Bluetooth and WiFi, enabling better network between two compatible devices.
  • HP ePrint and Google Cloud Print Support: Printing through a portable device is a pain in the ass. They don’t support printing directly, so you’ve to mail them to other person and then print from there. But, that’s going to change as you can print directly and quickly without worrying about everything.
  • There are several other features like direct NFC support for payments, Google web view, IR blaster support, etc.

Device Support

KitKat will already be loaded on Nexus 5 and will also be available to other Nexus devices like Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Although, it won’t be supporting two years old Galaxy Nexus. It would also be coming soon to Play edition variants of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.

Not all manufacturers have confirmed whether their devices will be supporting Android 4.4 and when. Though, Motorola has already promised to bring the update to its latest devices. Similarly, HTC has confirmed the same for its flagship HTC One.