Android 4.4 KitKat: New Improved Features

From past few years, Android has gained a huge market in the world of smart phones and tablets. Google’s mobile OS has become a benchmark for many mobile innovation and new technologies. The point where Android is lagging behind in comparison to iOS or Windows platform is in terms of an interface that doesn’t have a friendly consumer-centric design. To resolve this problem, Google has released its new Android 4.4 KitKat version, which will address this shortcoming, and will also provide certain new crisp features, just like the crispy KitKats. .

The latest version of Google’s Android version 4.4, known as KitKat comes to the world after it has been thoroughly tested by Google. Android 4.4 brings with it, a number of improvements that will surely improve Android user’s experience. On 31 October, 2013, Google announced its latest version Android 4.4 KitKat for Nexus 5. Currently, latest KitKat version is available for the Google Nexus 5 devices only, but will soon be available for the Nexus 4, 7 and 10 in the coming months. The Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition are already available for smartphone users.

Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 4.4 KitKat

Here are some notable changes which users can find after installing Android 4.4 KitKat

1) Better Memory Management
It’s faster than the existing Android 4.x version and consumes much lesser memory. The Android OS phones running Android 4.x have been facing for a long time fragmentation issues. The new KitKat version is designed to run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. This time Google has improved and given good memory management, and will be providing developers and OEM manufacturers with tools and options to take advantage of these improvements. By this memory improvement in the new OS, done by Google, now multi-tasking can be done smoothly.

2) Easy To Activate Google Now
Now it’s very simple to activate Google Now. All you need to do is simply say “OK Google”. This facility for now is available on Nexus 5 only. The contextual cards feature also gets an upgrade. The Google New cards will help you to predict information you need based on your location, favorite sites or TV programs. In KitKat version a new new app-linking feature is also added. In this your Google search results is deep-linked with the applications you have already installed.

3) Upgraded Google Hangout App
With KitKat, Google Hangouts now supports SMS and MMS, so that all your messages are in the same app. With Hangout now you are able to make HD video calls. To make Google Hangouts an “All-in-one solution”, now new additional animated GIFs and location sharing through Google Maps have also been introduced and improved.

4) Smarter Caller ID
A fresh new design is made for the default phone app. Now while dialing, users can use search field which can be used to search for business contacts info listed in Google Maps. This Google Maps data is also used by the phone app’s caller ID to identify any unknown numbers by cross-checking the number with nearby businesses.

5) Immersive Mode
The new Android 4.4 comes with a new immersive mode that hides everything except the app you’re using. Once you’re done, just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons.

6) Good Cloud Storage Solutions
The latest version come with a support for cloud storage solutions such as Google Drive built into the operating system. That means, now users are able to access directly from the cloud, without having to save into your own device’s storage first.

7) Take Print-outs easily
With Google Cloud Print directly into Android 4.4 KitKat version, users can now take print out of documents over WiFi or Bluetooth. This feature is limited to printers which are compatible with wireless capabilities.

8) In-Build Sensors
Android 4.4 KitKat operating system supports two new composite sensors: step counter and step detector.

9) New In Setting – Captions
Users’ can find improved user accessibility, as the Android 4.4 operating system has added support for system-wide closed captioning settings.

10) Artistic Lock Screen
In the new Android 4.4 version, not only widgets but other apps can also now see the lock screen. So, for instance, if you are listening to music or streaming movies via Chromecast, your device’s lock screen will show the fullscreen album or movie art. Along with this you can control play, pause and utilize all features of the app from the lock screen.

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