Welcome Android 4.4 KitKat; What’s new?
On Thursday last week, Google seeming to give every Android user a Halloween gift decided to take the wraps off Android 4.4 KitKat.
However, to my disappointment, there was no big upgrade to the new Android OS as compared to Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean). I am beginning to think this may have been the reason why Google decided to call it Android 4.4 rather than Android 5. But overall, Google is heading in the right direction with a new OS that spells Faster, Simpler and Smarter.
SO WHAT’S NEW IN ANDROID 4.4 KITKAT?
Android 4.4 KitKat seems to be concentrating more on the experience using web, search apps and communication tools, looking to break every wall that will make that experience and integration difficult.
The phone app is one of the most ignored feature of Android ever since Android was invented by Google. Android 4.4 KitKat looks to further enhance this feature by giving more search power to users, pulling in search results for business as well as your usual contacts.
Google Hangouts is now going to be amongst the most used application on your android smartphone.
Google updated Hangouts with new features, it now houses your SMS and MMS services, as well as your chats, video calls and texts all under one roof. Your default messaging app on the earlier versions of Android will be missed, but this new Hangout feature is no small fit, it’s a beast in its own means. The experience is definitely worth it.
Box is a third-party app that was added into Android 4.4 KitKat to enable you to see files you have stored on your phone and those in the cloud like Dropbox or SkyDrive among other cloud offering services.
Google Now, a move that BGR has seen to be a way of Google flexing its muscles to take more control of Android, is officially the latest major update to Android. It’s not the usual Google feature that you always seen on your home screen, that is Google Search. It’s not a new feature though because it integrates with Google Search and its power has been escalated. Search for anything on your phone, if it’s your favourite movies you will have it, if you have a website you visit regularly, Google Now will detect that and always inform you when something new is happening.
Google Now is also giving a jump to the Location search. If you are at a specific place for example, Google knows what you are most likely going to search. It will give you the results before you do. For example, if you are near Mount Kenya, you are likely to search on the nearest accommodation services, Google Now will bring to you these results before you search provided you have your internet on.
Google Search is also not going to be limited to web only. Its going to work even within your installed apps. If for example, you are searching for a specific recipe, and you happen to have installed an app related to cooking or recipes, Google search will show results from this application aside from bringing more experience from the web.
NOW THE BIG NEWS
We have compiled for you all the phones expected to receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update featuring the new Nexus 5, which is Google’s flagship phone.
Meanwhile, as much as the decision to upgrade the OS of low-end devices may be up-to the manufacturers, Google is becoming really considerate. Low-end devices have stuck on Gingerbread OS, but as a move by Google to reduce Android’s fragmentation, it’s making Android KitKat usable for phones with low memory and pokey processors.
So if all goes well, in less than a year we should expect new low –end devices with 512 MB RAM at the least to be shipping with Android KitKat, though no manufacturer has confirmed yet.
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