Android 4.4 Kitkat brings some new features in Google's OS

Nov 7 2013, 2:50am CST | by , in News | Android

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For now, the recently launched Nexus 5 smart phone is going to be the first device to feature the latest version of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. But Google said this mobile OS will soon be rolling out to other Android devices to rock the world.

A thirty-second briefing from Google says that there have some been slight visual tweaks in the latest OS, but the main changes emphasize on better performance on most low-end devices and also, more extensive integration of Google services, essentially offering more of the contextual information from a wider range of sources.

Below, there is a more detailed run-down of the features:


  • Smooth visuals – The status and the notification bar of version 4.4 are now translucent; which gives the appearance of a bigger screen. Google Inc. has tweaked their in-house font named Roboto to look much light and clean.  And there are some new animations when opening up the app drawer and also, when flipping back to the home screen.
  • Better performance on the low-spec hardware – Google Inc. is promising people that KitKat will run faster, smoother, and more responsively on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM and a move certainly intended to increase the Operating System’s usability amongst developing markets. Some early hands-on reports about “KitKat” are saying that the whole system of it feels incredibly fluid with the application-switcher UI also being noticeably improved.
  • Low power sensors – In a development which seems similar to Apple’s introduction of the M7 motion co-processor (a special chip in the new iPhone models that passively monitors motion sensors whilst using less battery power), KitKat increases Android’s support for the hardware that tracks user’s phone’s movement.


Google says that Sensor batching is ideal for the low-power and long-running use-cases such as fitness, online location tracking, monitoring something, and more. KitKat can make users’ apps more efficient and it also lets the user track sensor events continuously.

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