Android 4.4 KitKat official, aims to reach 1 billion users

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Android 4.4 KitKat has been
officially announced and as usual,
the latest version of the Android
OS debuts alongside the a new
Nexus, the Nexus 5 . So, what’s
new? Well, the 4.4 KitKat aims to
reach the next 1 billion users and
it will scale automatically to fit on
the devices with as little as 512 MB
of RAM.
The design of the OS has been
polished and it looks better than
ever. Android 4.4 brings a new
phone app, which now helps you
search across your contacts,
nearby places or even through any
other Google app accounts, right
from your dialler app.
Google’s new Hangout app comes
out of the box on Android 4.4. It
puts all your SMS and MMS under
one roof along with other
conversations and video calls so
that you don’t miss messages
regardless of how they are sent.
The lock screen now has a camera
shortcut and there is an option to
rearrange the home screens to
match your requirements. All
devices without hardware keys now
get extra room as the navigation
interface disappears as soon as an
app is launched.
As one can expect, the newest
Android version brings a whole lot
of new features for Google’s search
platform. You can now activate
search with keywords and the
speech recognition engine is about
25 percent more accurate than
before, according to Google.
You can use the hotwords to
launch voice search with the
Google Now, send a text, get
directions or even play a song. The
upcoming version of the Google
Now will bring new card types that
keep you updated with contextual
topics of interest to you.
Android 4.4’s new framework
allows you to AirPrint (a feature
similar to wireless printing), which
is however limited to HP printers
only for now. The OS now supports
third-party cloud storage in the
Gallery app
Google aims to make Android
accessible to everyone, even people
with low-end hardware. In the past,
due to the memory constraints,
some lower-end smartphones
couldn’t get a taste of the newer
Android versions, but with KitKat
that’s about to change. Android 4.4
KitKat removes unnecessary
background services and reduces
the memory consumption to a
large extent, which now allows the
OS to run smoothly even on
devices with 512MB RAM.
Ironically, the Galaxy Nexus with
1GB RAM will not get KitKat.
Google has also managed to
enhance the battery performance
through its sensor batching, which
reduces the data requests. Lastly,
Android 4.4 comes with under the
hood tweaks and changes to
enhance the overall performance
of the OS.
Android 4.4 KitKat will be powering
the newly launched Google Nexus 5
out of the box, while the roll out
for the other Nexus devices will
begin in the coming days.

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