Android 4.4 features include support for wearables and improved performance for low-memory devices
In addition to helping low-memory phones get updated, KitKat could also be used by wearable devices, like a smartwatch, which also don't carry that much memory. Android 4.4 apparently supports three new kinds of sensors, geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter, which could make it perfect for smartwatches and for Google Glass. The sensors will be able to tell how far someone walked based on the number of steps taken. This could come in handy when displaying indoor maps.
KitKat will also allow developers to write apps that allow a phone to replace a physical card and help make a mobile payment, get loyalty rewards or enter a secure building or room. By replacing cards with the actual phone, developers won't need permission from a carrier in certain circumstances, making it faster and easier to create apps that use NFC to transmit information used in making a payment or accessing a certain room that requires secure entry. And Android 4.4 will allow Android phones to use Bluetooth as a way to control more devices.
While HTC and Samsung have phones that double as remotes for televisions, developers have to write apps based on different manufacturers. But that will not be the case after KitKat since the OS will bring standardized remote to Android phones.
source: jessicalessin via MobileSyrup
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
And now iOS falls even further behind Android.
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder if the low memory version of Android could make its way to some of the older smartphones? The Droid X comes to mind as a candidate....
9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 2704; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Or the OG Droid Incredible. Anything from that era up to now should qualify, the question is will any OEMs put forth the effort to update devices that old. But I do know that people are still running Incredibles & Xs, my brother uses an Incredible and my insurance agents runs an X. So people could benefit.
14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I tend to doubt the OEMs would incur the cost to implement KitKat on their older hardware. Afterall, what is in it for them? They have already made the sale and there is no new $ in the effort, only cost. Maybe the rooting community will step up?
15. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3430; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No chance OEMs start updating older phones that have since stopped receiving updates. There's no point in updating devices that a majority of consumer have long abandoned. If what they're saying about 4.4 is true, it will allow low-end devices that come out in the future to debut with the same firmware as flagship devices. This, opposed to now when we still see budget devices coming out with 4.0 or how there were still phones coming out with Gingerbread last year & earlier this year.
16. PBXtech (Posts: 1029; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
I think old phones are destined for replacement, nothing more. Going forward, new low end phones will get better performance though. Due to the adaptability rate, it'll probably be 2-4 years before the majority of them see the benefits from this. It's unfortunate that new low end phones don't always see the the newest versions of Android. Progress is progress though, and hopefully KitKat will be easier to adapt to low end phones so OEMs will get more aggressive in releasing it.
20. JC557 (Posts: 1239; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
I highly doubt my Droid Charge will be included. I have other phones but it would still be nice to see.
6. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
It's a good news for my Galaxy Nexus (1 GB RAM) which will become a backup phone once I purchase the Nexus 5.
7. draconic1991 (Posts: 183; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
google might be trying to help people with older phones to be able to upgrade to kitkat....but i dont see it happening....because samsung htc sony etc have customized skin over their phones and they are hesitant bringing even their older flagship phones like s2 and note 1 up to date on time....the only thing i see kitkat bringing is even cheaper NEWER phones with less RAM....but those with older nexus' in their drawers like the nexus s or even nexus one might get a fresh new lease of life...
8. .KRATOS. (Posts: 189; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
So no excuses for Samsung or other manufacturers not to update their old flagships, we want the legendary galaxy s2 to get the update.
17. Suo.Eno (Posts: 422; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
As a current i9100g user, I can tell you w/ a straight face to not put your hopes up my friend. TouchWiz alone is enough as an excuse on Samsung's part. Best case scenario is to hope for 4.4 AOSP custom ROMs to keep up the device support. Samsung just either maintain a craptacular fw dev dept, "forced obsolescence" policy OR even worse both.
10. taikucing (unregistered)
Yes, android for low mem system please. I don't need any flashy & bouncy craps that consume memory & drain battery fast. Just make it simple like older android but with future technology like better multithreading in many cores, fast boot & battery saver.
I still remember windows XP after fresh installation just consumes RAM less than 128 MB. But my android with its stock ROM consumes 350 MB (of course with pre-installed bloatwares). Change the ROM with "light version" ROM, it still consumes 220 MB of RAM.
12. andynaija (Posts: 654; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)
I hope Coolpad updates my Quattro to 4.4 because I don't really want Gingerbread anymore. It's getting pretty old now.
13. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Oh god oh god oh god I want this sooooo badly!!!!! :D
Also - according to another article -http://www.phonearena.com/news
"There seems to be some kind of overarching backup solution created by Google, think iCloud for Android, as it seems to back your app settings, saved games and the like, so a pretty far reaching feature if it pans out with a bunch of storage, too, like mentioned."
I just had a huge nerdgasm!!!
Finally rom hopping can be 500% less painful!!!!
Must.... have.... NOW!!! :D
18. donphone (Posts: 63; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
If you ask me, and this is all conjecture, the ability of 4.4 to run on low memory devices wasn't intended for the updating of old hardware but to allow it to run on future low-memory hardware (i.e. wearables). The old hardware updating seems like an added benefit.
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