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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, 18:00 2

25. runzlord (Posts: 21; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)


I should had been just called "android 5 kitkat" cos its a major update

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:20 1

28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I wouldn't call it major. It still operates and looks mostly the same. It definitely is the biggest 0.1 update I've ever seen come to Android, though not enough to justify a full bump to 5.0.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:05 2

26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5634; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Break me a piece of 4.4!

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:11

27. Scott93274 (Posts: 298; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Crap... Well, the Nexus5 is not coming to Verizon. So now I get to play the waiting game to see when the provider's top phones will get the update to 4.4 before I buy a new phone, if it doesn't happen by December I'm jumping ship to a new provider. I am not happy at all with Verizon at all right now.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:30

31. Gemmol (Posts: 441; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


I would say go with AT&T, but I do not know if its good in your area cause verizon not good in mines, tmobile and sprint is the worse tho not a even one bar at least verizon range from 1 bar to almost 2 bars

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:29

30. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I like yer thumbnail pic.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:02 1

34. Quezdagreat (Posts: 386; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


That's it?...... I guess current phones will get this update in 2015

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 11:05

77. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3643; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


HTC already said they'll push out the update to the unlocked One within 30 days, the carrier branded Ones within 90 days, and the One mini and Max within 90 days.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:48

41. Shubham412302 (Posts: 293; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


wp8 already supports low power music playback

lumia 720 gets 72hrs and 1520 gets 100+ hours

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:53 3

43. wilsong17 (Posts: 256; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


hmm no i got my note 3 for that with jedi x20 rom

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 03:53 1

50. taikucing (unregistered)


WOW! the best mobile phone OS is even better. Look at that Nokia, you should accept android since a long time ago.

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 07:34

53. nnduc32 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Hix, I'm using 4.2 :(

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:29

55. ydl08 (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


The 4th function "OK Google" has been available on many android devices for quite some time now so..... From my knowledge that isn't suppose to be there

the rest looks good

posted on 01 Nov 2013, 11:32 1

56. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1927; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Not true. Read the entire page.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 04:54

60. ARSALAN123 (Posts: 3; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


A BIG STEP FOR LOW-END DEVICES

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 06:20

63. dexter_jdr (Posts: 996; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


so you expect to get 4.4 kitkat update to your 512mb phone soon? dream on android users.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:37

67. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


No! All it means is that new low end phones will also get 4.4

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:16

65. Sadman_Hossain (Posts: 18; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)


The fact that they can change the home launcher from the setting option indicates that the Google Experience Launcher will go public in the Google Playstore.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 07:36

66. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Who knows maybe Nestle paid a hefty price for this. Afterall it's also serving as advertisement for KitKat and GOOG is an "advertising revenue" company. So some "secret deal"?

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:43

68. Slammer (Posts: 815; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


For those that are into photo editing, I understand there is a really great photo shop editor built into this upgrade. Videos of the editor are actually pretty detailed.

John B.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:46

69. PigglyWiggly (Posts: 10; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


I like how Google is attempting to speed up older android devices with this update. Compared to Apple who purposefully slows down older IOS devices so you will have to buy the one. I just hope manufacturers push the update to some of their older flagship phones.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 08:50

70. FastKatt (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 May 2011)


I can't wait to load this on my OG Motorola Droid

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 20:48

82. true1984 (Posts: 474; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i had wireless printing on my htc one. i honestly thought it was a feature introduced in 4.1.2

posted on 20 Nov 2013, 02:06

85. GrosseFatigue (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


Dont forget the iPhone compared to a Nokia 1520: the best, the smallest phone to hold with one hand and stash in your slip (good vibrations) because the 1520 has the best screen, the best camera and video, the best speakers and is the best game phone and the best phone to take on the train (Phone Arena dixit).

posted on 17 Feb 2014, 18:16

86. iLoveAndroid (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


As said in the other thread:

Do it like this:

http ://myandroidanme.blogspot.d e/2014/02/android-44-kitkat-roms-and-flash.html

Your flash problem will be gone. You will have to kill the spaces after http and :// and between blogspot.d e in the above URL. Can't post normal urls since I'm new....

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