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What’s New in Android 4.4 KitKat

Posted by on November 7, 2013

Google has finally launched its new android 4.4 operating system, called Android KitKat, along with Nexus 5 smartphone. As the latest and greatest version of Android operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat was designed to have a more polished design, improved performance, and new features. So what’s new in Android KitKat?

Here’s a list of improvements and new features that Google has introduced in Android 4.4 KitKat.

New UI design

In this new Android operating system, Google offers a translucent menu bar located at the bottom of the screen, and new transition effects when you open the app launcher. The OS also show full-screen wallpapers with preview and the wallpapers now extend through the notification tray as well, in addition to the navigation buttons.

Immersive Mode

Android 4.4 has immersive mode which allow you to hide status bar and navigation buttons while playing a game, reading a book, or watching a movie. You can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back the status bar and navigation buttons on screen.

immersive mode

New phone app

The new phone app now automatically prioritizes the users’ contacts based on the people they talk to the most. Users can also search for nearby places, contacts, or people in their Google Apps domain directly from the Phone app. If they get a call from a phone number that is not saved in their contacts, the phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.

new phone app

Improved Google Now

You can now launch the Google Now assistant and do a voice search, send a text, get directions or play a song, just by simply saying “OK Google” in the home screen.

Google also says that some new card types will be added to Google Now in the coming weeks. These cards can predict information you need based on your location, favorite websites or TV programs. You’ll even be able to purchase movie tickets through Fandango when at the cinema.

improved google now

Lock-screen album art

The Lock Screen can now show fullscreen album art while listening to music or streaming via Chromecast. You can play, pause, or seek to a specific moment.

lock screen album art

Wireless printing

Users will now be able to print photos, documents, and web pages from their device through any printer connected to Google Cloud Print. You can even print to HP ePrint printer or other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store.

Of course, this feature is limited to compatible printers with wireless capabilities, support for Google Cloud Print, as well as any printers that have apps available in the Google Play Store.

wireless printing

Integration With Cloud Storage

Android 4.4 comes support for cloud storage services, such as Google Drive, built into the operating system. This means that you can open and save files directly from the Google Drive or other cloud storage services on your device. Apps such as QuickOffice are already take advantage of this integration.

cloud storage integration

Faster multitasking

Android 4.4 KitKat optimises memory and improves the touchscreen so your device will respond faster and more accurately than ever before. This means that you can listen to music while browsing the web without a hitch.

faster multitasking

These are just some of the more notable changes in Android 4.4. There are a number of other new features included in KitKat, such as low-power audio playback, built-in infrared blaster support, screen recording, step detector and counter, and more. To see the complete list of changes, please visit Android website.