Android 4.4 screenshots show printing and payments built in, Drive and Keep now come pre-loaded
So what’s new in Android 4.4? The changes in the visuals are there, but they are so very subtle you’d be forgiven to not notice them at all - there is a refreshing recoloring of some elements to white, but it’s under the hood where most changes have happened.
Google has built-in printing into the system so you no longer have to rely on a third-party app. Wireless payments also appear in the menus, so we might hear more about this later this month. The third big new inclusion is support for Wireless screen casting via the Miracast standard built into the system.
When it comes to the actual software, Android 4.4 now comes with a wider set of Google apps. The new arrivals are Google’s note taking app Keep and the cloud based office suite Drive.
The camera app in Android 4.4 has also been noticeably improved with new filters that remind us of Instagram and with a slider allowing you to select the output image quality.
All in all, KitKat seems to be another gradual change in Android with subtle changes rather than a radical redesign. Google itself has said that with Android 4.4 the goal is “to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Still, if you are curious about how it looks, take a look at the screenshots right below.
Android 4.4 screenshots surface
source: Gadget Helpline
1. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
To be fair the last few updates from Google have been buggy. It would be unwise to offer a massive update until they resolve the issues that most face when updating.
Mainly Nexus devices are the ones to suffer
6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I was looking forward for a redesigned UI.
holo ui is nice but it seems , its about time to change that. At least make it a bit refreshing, get rid of that dark theme.... And make,it a lot more clean...
11. Navaid (Posts: 46; Member since: 05 Sep 2013)
They go for the dark cuz more darker ui makes way for more battery life for OLED..
16. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Or at least an option to choose dark or white theme...
2. D.Aceveda (Posts: 364; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Can you guys now acknowledge the other leaks you posted were obviously fake?
3. proto (Posts: 58; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)
KeyLimePie... not Kit Kat
looks like fake.
4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
I think you should read article a bit more carefully
the article says "Do not be surprised to see the Key Lime Pie name in the images below as they are obviously of an early version when the KitKat naming decision had not yet been taken."
7. hmd74 (Posts: 382; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
why so many screenshots? most of these things are available in Android 4.3...
I think Google is cheating on us...at first we thought it is key lime pie...and Google said no it's kit kat! but in none of the leaks we seen no name of kitkat! Google wanted to make money by calling it kitkat until it is released. But the real name is key lime pie!!!
8. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
First of all its an early build, that why these screen shots shows KLP instead of Kit Kat.
and this version wont bring any UI overhaul that's comes in version 5.0 (i also like to see a redesigned UI)
9. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I once called out a set of early ICS screenshots as fake because they said "IceCreamSandwich" in the version number for Android, instead of 4.0.
However, in retrospect, many of the screenshots of that supposed early build did contain elements that we saw in the final ICS release, most notably the organization of the app drawer.
Therefore, this time I can't say that these are fake based on "KeyLimePie" being there instead of "4.4."
I am excited to see printing go native on Android now, as well as mirroring (though it seems Miracast has yet to really catch on in TVs.)
For the record, here's the link to that ICS leak:http://www.phonearena.com/news
God, those were the days.
22. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
You mean "Thumper," right? I was actually wondering what happened to him.
10. sss_ddk (Posts: 61; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
They were supposed to migrate to Linux 3.8 (better memory management etc etc). Somehow this doesn't seem legit. On a side note my N4 shows in "Android Version" field 4.3 not JellyBean, and the baseband number format is somewhat off.
12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2817; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Wow..more cool features are coming.
14. ilia1986 (unregistered)
I hope they make Keep slightly more intuitive to use.. It's a bit too minimal for my taste.
15. Hatshipuh (Posts: 42; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)
I'm wondering why there is hammerhead in the build info.
Since these are Nexus 4 screenshots it should be a mako build, hammerhead supposed to be the Nexus 5.
And kind of disappointed of the camera app, hoped they fix the cut off viewfinder. Doesn't look like they did.
26. NSRhodes (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)
Also, the baseband version is for a Snapdragon 800...
19. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Okay, these are fake.
We have seen in previous leaks that Kitkat will get a new messaging app icon. In this one, it's still the old one.
20. bwhiting (Posts: 173; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)
I hope they aren't fake because if they are legit then it would be an awesome purchase for that new device I have in mind to get.
Drive and Keep are so-so for me because I barely use them but would need to start back since I have a tendency for getting devices without an SD card because I have a tendency for getting some virus on the sd card that messes the entire device.