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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72. Rydsmith (Posts: 532; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)
Google presents: Android 5.0 Lollipop, ft. Lil Wayne.
54. xXMAKESHIFTXx (Posts: 38; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Maybe if you "climb to glory", you will find news on it there!
5. ndidaaaa (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
Picture 3: If the translucent bars doesn't come to tablets I will be pissed!
7. sagemda (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Dec 2012)
thats the comparation betwen 4.4 and 4.3, look at the wallpaper on the tablet
15. ndidaaaa (Posts: 7; Member since: 02 Aug 2012)
You are right! Thank you very much. I didn't realize that the first time
9. mike2959 (Posts: 549; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
Low power Ram for millions of devices that are out now?
Absolutely none of these will get updated by the manufacturer/carrier. I don't understand this statement.
49. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Ever heard of custom roms?
51. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Future low end devices are the ones that will greatly benifit from it.
10. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
How does this "incremental" update NOT blowout iOS7? Android FTMFW!!
11. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
This is a nice un-update, as usual for android -.-'
35. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
At least over there there is an unread counter that works out of the box
83. 4.1.2 (Posts: 11; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)
Do. You forget the glories of gingerbread I love how my key board stays on the screen even when I leave SMS.
14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
I'm crying on how beautiful everything is.
29. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
its alright, I like the music feature to play in low power this will make it last longer, i like the phone dialer too and hangout integration, the other parts are meh
44. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Way more than what I had initially expected. Google has outdone themselves again.
17. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I think i have just fallen in love!! :')
19. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
The question is, when will Samsung roll it out on S4? They said they sold 20million S4's globally so meaning 20million people are waiting. Come on Samsung!
20. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3725; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Pretty good chance that the S5 will be the first Samsung device with Touchwiz that gets it. The Note 3, S4, Note 2, & S3 will follow later.
21. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
I agree. But hopefully S4 will get it no later than Q1 2014. (we wish)
47. JC557 (Posts: 1544; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
There's no doubt it will be coming to the GS 4 and Notes 2 & 3. Otherwise Samsung risks alienating a large chunk of smartphone users.
22. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
One thing seems evident - Android is now head and shoulders above iOS, and should absolutely trump it even in the performance /stability.
We're looking at thoroughly improved kernel here.
iOS 7, otoh, is having tons of issues and is simply a second grade OS in comparison.
32. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
...even though iOS 7 has almost all of these features sans the IR functionality
36. av911 (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
I think you're referring to iOS 8, when they're gonna copy what Android already had.
52. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)
I'm sorry, I did not realize that IOS 7 also had support for NFC also. Hum.... I must have missed that some where. Ill go back and reread everything about IOS 7 again thanks for letting me know. LAMFO
64. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Besides integration of messages, Emoji, and wireless printing, iOS 7 has nothing this new Android update has
81. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Don't forget the translucent interface, built-in device management (Find My iPhone), closed captioning, music seek from lock screen, and Immersion mode (in iBooks).