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Android 4.4 KitKat: review of all the new features

0. phoneArena 03 Nov 2013, 05:14 posted on

The ever-funny Google went crazy with the naming of the new incremental Android 4.4 update. The next letter of the alphabet after the "J" in 4.3 Jelly Bean is "K", so Key Lime Pie was long bandied about for an Android 4.4 nickname, but alas. The folks at Mountain View went and partnered with an actual confectionery producer, and a giant one like Nestlé at that, to name the latest version of Android after one of their most famous deserts, and that's how Android 4.4 KitKat was born...

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:00 7

1. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Hello Netflix, I shall now start screen capping all of your movies! Thanks 4.4!!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:52 20

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Android kitkat features: testy chocolate, more creamy, smooth, silky, crunchy, and when you eat, blow your mind.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:36 7

46. JC557 (Posts: 1570; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I really want a Android shaped KitKat bar. Too bad it's only limited edition and only comes as a prize. I really love the novelty of the Android KitKat.

Since the robot is green they should make a Limited Edition mint flavor Android KitKat for the holidays.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:03 2

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Wow, you're not very smart, are you? Try reading the entire article before posting such silly comments. It will prevent you from having to wipe the egg off your face.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:54 5

24. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Serious guy is serious. Did you miss out on getting a nexus today?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:01 1

33. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Can't say I did. My Note 3 is all I need. Have fun TRYING to record those Netflix movies. Let me know how that works out for ya.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:56 11

38. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Wow, you're being a d**k.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:30

39. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Deal with it.

posted on 09 Nov 2013, 14:24 1

84. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 658; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Internet tough guy.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 10:12

74. Tbm2xx (Posts: 5; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


I actually think it is possible, if you make a backup of the netflix apk today, (read: before they Update) Then you can install the old version of netflix on your nexus 5 and then it will be possible to record netflix...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:50 1

37. SAYED-EJAZ (Posts: 225; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


What about 64bit support?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:51 3

42. wilsong17 (unregistered)


why would you need this omg

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:36 11

45. cancerous21 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


he's an ifan

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 12:46 7

57. hypergreatthing (Posts: 43; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


It supports all 0 apps that need 64 bit support.

Pretty simple, right?

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:17 1

58. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


android already has support, it just doesnt take advantage of it yet.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 05:50 4

61. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Linux kernel used by Android already supports AArch64 (aka ARMv8) but it's just not enabled because there is not need to. Just a few core runtimes will require recompiling but Apps would work as usual since Dalvik core (bytecode) is independent of word length.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:27 1

48. Wiki_jaan (Posts: 704; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


waiting for cm10.3 or cm11

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:41

78. TheOldOne (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


having an Galaxy Nexus myself, it seem the only way to get KitKat :(

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:09 23

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Wow. This was a bigger update than I initially expected. This is starting to sway me from getting a Retina iPad mini. Maybe I'll go check out a Nexus 7 in store again in a couple weeks when it gets the 4.4 update...

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:08 9

62. NexusPhan (Posts: 625; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


You were actually considered that $399 ipad mini? Seriously? I laughed so hard when I first heard that price.
Good for you for willing try the Nexus 7 but you can have two of them for the price of 1 iPad mini. And it's a better tablet anyway (in my opinion). It's no contest.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 09:04

71. sniper1087 (Posts: 515; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


The problem is 16:9 tablets are awkward to hold vertically, while the 4:3 ratio isnt optimal I think is the best form factor for a tablet and I had a nexus tablet, and still getting the nexus 5, but prefer the ipad form factor.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 10:48

75. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I really just wanted to try iOS 7 personally, something new to me. I didn't feel like getting an iPhone 5S because I wanted a slightly larger screen and I felt like I couldn't part with some of Android's features, but I was willing to try the iPad mini, once it got a Retina display and A7 of course. As long as I had Android as my smartphone OS, I didn't feel the need to get the Nexus 7, but now that I see KitKat, I'm starting to have second thoughts.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 09:52

73. MrsPotatoHead (banned) (Posts: 48; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


You and me two. I don't know what have those things do but I know I can't do them now. I aspecially like the little emotion thingys on the keyboard, I know I can't do that now but that sound like a useful feature. My only problem with the other stuff is I'm still not sure how that messaging intergration gonna work. Also, anybody know if I can get the keyboard on my phone now until I buy a new phone?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:12 15

3. febzz (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Screen recording without rooting required, finally!

And closed captions!

posted on 02 Nov 2013, 14:18 1

59. grahaman27 (Posts: 361; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


using adb shell... limited to 3 minutes per recording.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:50

79. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


You could of always done video out recording through a PVR.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:14 3

4. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)


So when the hell is Android 5.0 "Licorice" coming out its been like 4 hours!!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:23

6. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Try again next year.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:54 5

13. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


5.0 lollipop sounds tastier

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:41 1

40. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


it's clearly going to be Laffy Taffy

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