Android 4.4 KitKat Released
From the Official Android Blog:
Just in time for Halloween, we have two new treats for Android fans. First, we’re excited to unwrap our latest platform release, KitKat, which delivers a smarter, more immersive Android experience to even more people. And second, we’re introducing Nexus 5—a new Nexus phone developed with LG.
KitKat offers some real features:
The following information was extracted from the Official KitKat Page. Visit that page to read more about these advancements.
- Immersive Mode (fills the screen – notifications are blanked)
- New Phone App (automatically prioritizes your contacts based on the people you talk to the most.)
- New Hangouts App (all messages in one place)
- Reduced Memory Footprint (works on 512k devices)
- Google Now Improved (in Google Now, just say “Ok Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song.)
- Smarter Caller ID (looks for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps)
- Device Management (you can you can find or wipe your device with the Android Device Manager)
- New Downloads App (new sorting options)
- Easy Home Screen Switching (if you install a different launcher app)
- Bluetooth MAP Support (Bluetooth-enabled cars can exchange messages)
- Step Counting Built In (pedometer for fitness apps)
- Tap To Pay Support (new, open architecture for NFC payments that works with any mobile carrier)
- Faster Multi-taskting
- Emoji Everywhere
- Improved Cloud Print
- Quick Office Support
- ChromeCast Support
- Chrome Web View
- Closed Captioning
- Redesigned Email App
- Full Screen Wallpaper
- Infrared Blasting
- Improved Location Settings, Modes
There are also some specialized features currently available exclusively on the Nexus 5. BTW, the Nexus 5 will support LTE on ATT, T-Mobile, and Sprint. It does not presently support the Verizon LTE bands.
When will I see it?
The Nexus 5 is available now on the Play Store. According to the blog post, “Android 4.4, KitKat, which comes on Nexus 5, will also soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.”
For other devices, the upgrade is dependent upon the manufacturer, carrier (if used), and any other (unknown) circumstances. Of course, developers will have custom ROMs (based on Android 4.4) available almost immediately. Check the associated XDA forums for your device to learn more.