Android launching, what’s new after 4.4 KitKat
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Search engine giant Google after the success of Nexus 4 has finally made the Android 4.4 KitKat SDK available publicly, bringing an update to the world’s most popular mobile operating system. Now developers can dive into this amazing OS from Google and see what hidden features it has to offer. Here are the changes made to the new OS.
Support for low-cost gadgets
Though overall the OS resembles Jelly Bean, there are some remarkable differences. Google has made efforts to optimize Android 4.4 for low-end devices that have less amount of RAM. In other words KitKat can function smoothly on smart phones and tablets with less amount of RAM, which is great news for cheaper and weaker hardware.
Enhanced caller ID
Caller ID gets smarter with KitKat. People tend to ignore calls from unknown numbers. If you get a call that is not stored in your contacts, then KitKat will look up the numbers from local listings within Google maps and will display that caller or business name with a photo. Unfortunately, this feature does not function properly on non-KitKat devices. This feature could be very helpful for users that have family and friends that call from their office numbers.
Always-on voice control
Android’ s KitKat has now made it possible to say “Ok Google” from the home screen to perform searches, send text messages, locate places on Google maps, play songs and more without ever touching the screen. You can say commands like “Ok Google, play One Direction.”
Cleaner and modern design
KitKat comes with cleaner and more modern design. In earlier versions of Android, the status bar and navigation buttons were shown on the screen while reading an e-book, watching a movie, or playing an interesting game. Since that was a disturbance, Google introduce a feature in KitKat that hides all the unwanted buttons until you swipe the edge to retrieve them.
Android KitKat prioritizes your contacts based on who you call the most. From the contacts app, you can also look up nearby places and establishments from the search box at the top.
Printing from your Android phone or tablet in KitKat will be prettier than it is now. It means you need not worry about shifting your documents from your mobile to PC to take printouts. Simply install Google’s Cloud Print feature and you can print from your Android device wirelessly to any printer within the same network or you can also take the print of PDF documents from your computer to your Android device for on-the-go viewing. This feature also allows you to discover available printers, change paper sizes, choose particular pages to print, and print almost any kind of files.
Google has included Emojis into KitKat’s keyboard. Emoji is the Japanese word for ideograms used in SMS and websites. You can beautify your SMS by adding smileys, cars, animals and other interesting ideograms with this feature.
For those changing phones frequently or if you are planning to reset your phone, you don’t have to worry about losing data. With improved backup, Google ensures all apps, app data, saved game status, settings and other data are saved on the play store and hence can be synced with your latest devices easily.
Updated Clock, Alarm Timer, and Stopwatch
KitKat’s clock makes the on-screen font a bit larger and kills the boldface hour number, makes the city selector a big globe at the bottom of the screen and shifts the alarm button from the bottom to the top of the screen. These changes enable you to swipe left and right on the clock to access the alarm settings which wasn’t possible in earlier versions of Android.
Also, you need not type in the digits to set the alarm. The KitKat features a red, rotary time selector which is surprisingly a big improvement. You need to make few taps to set the alarm for any event you have scheduled.
Chrome cast support
The Chrome cast support allows you to stream online music and movies to your TV. The controls on the lock screen allow you to play, pause, or skip to a certain song or movie chapter.
Android 4.4 KitKat also takes screen capturing to the advanced level. It’s easy to record whatever you do on your phone with Android’s screen recording utility. This feature lets you capture high-quality videos of your device screen contents and save the video as an MP4 file on the device. This screen recording feature can be useful to create walkthroughs and tutorials for your app, testing materials, marketing videos and more.