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New Android 4.4 images show the KitKat easter egg, UI tweaks, and more

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New Android 4.4 images show the KitKat easter egg, UI tweaks, and more
There seem to be multiple builds of Android 4.4 KitKat floating around the interwebs. Some leaks we see have UI changes that others don't, so it's making it even harder to tell what is real and what may not be. This newest batch of alleged Android 4.4 screenshots don't show the changes to the lockscreen or the app tray that we have seen before, but do show what looks like the KitKat easter egg.

We've been waiting for this one, because we know that if we were to get our hands on a leak of Android 4.4, the first thing we'd do would be to tap away on the version number in the Settings menu to see the new KitKat easter egg. The easter egg itself is the word Android stylized to look like the KitKat logo, and long-pressing from there will get you to a moving mosaic history of the Android nicknames from Cupcake all the way to KitKat. Amusingly, there is also one lone slice of Key Lime Pie in the shot in reference to the internal codename for Android 4.4 when Google was working towards securing the KitKat name

The other screenshots show various items from around the system with tweaks here and there. The app logos for Google Search and Google Settings are now round (although the app tray doesn't have the different background we saw in other leaks.) The typography in the clock app has been changed to get rid of the bold face and make the digits slimmer. The downloads area has been redesigned. The settings menu now has options for Cloud Printing and Tap to Pay as we've seen before. Lastly, it looks like QuickOffice may be built into the system. 

The screenshots were taken on a Nexus 7, which accounts for the app configuration in the app tray. 


source: ZDNet

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posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:56 5

1. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


why does it look so flat and plain? (the screen shots of some apps)

Are all OSs moving away from making things seem realistic?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:02 5

4. Commentator (Posts: 2340; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Android has looked like this for two years now, they're not exactly "moving away" any more.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:17 2

7. NexusPhan (Posts: 426; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I think this is an early build. It looks almost identical to 4.0-4.3.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:52

23. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


Well, it is a minor update so I'm not sure why you are expecting any big changes.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:13 7

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2663; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Major UI changes happen with the full .0 version updates, so I wouldn't expect it to look markedly different than 4.0-4.3. The big UI change will come with 5.0, just like it did with 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:28

9. Topcat488 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


First I just want to correct Michael H. about the Logo on the "kitKat", it's not a pagan symbol "Easter Egg", it's a ellipse! I'll "Passover" your Easter Egg.
In 2002, Hershey Kit Kats adopted the slanted ellipse logo used worldwide by Nestlé, though the ellipse was red and the text white.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KitKat

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:46 11

12. bizwhizzy (Posts: 38; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)


"easter egg" as in "hidden item to find", not the shape of anything.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:55

14. Reality_Check (Posts: 264; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Was that really necessary?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:13 7

16. tadaa (Posts: 236; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


oh the stupidity. and the bigotry.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 23:01 1

37. giosoliman (Posts: 6; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)


BURN!!! haha.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 05:26 1

44. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Wow Michael, get wrecked.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:51 2

13. AnTuTu (Posts: 683; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


I wish the change the interface this time. Its getting kinda boring since JB's release :(

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:10 2

26. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


They should only change it if the change makes it better. It's stupid just to change it just for the sake of changing it. Also, KitKat is not a major release it is a minor release. That is why it is 4.4 and not 5.0.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:40 2

22. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 374; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


It looks like they go for circle shaped app symbols, I like that in general. But to be honest, I think that iOS 7 looks much nicer and friendlier with its translucency and the resulting varying color scheme. (No offends meant here guys, just my opinion). I think Google (and Apple) should go in the direction of the current iPod Nano design, what do you think? I like that design and also the design of its app symbols.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 12:59

2. kalloud (Posts: 97; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Although the rumored October 15th (tomorrow) release date is somehow confusing..

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:54 1

24. jimv1983 (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 Oct 2013)


It's way too late for tomorrow to be the release date. They haven't even had an official announcement yet. The invitations for the announcement event haven't even been sent yet.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 02:51

41. LoveHater (Posts: 113; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


I feel fishy about Android kit kat Sign up page ,, it wasn't for earlier versions,,, i think thay r going to unvil it online and those who register wil receive all the information right in there inbox

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:01

3. iyngr (Posts: 65; Member since: 14 Jul 2013)


Guess the Best 1 w'd be Voice Control / Always on Assistant Update.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:14 4

5. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Settings icon sucks tbh. :(

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:16

6. Cyberchum (Posts: 266; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Yummy, can I have nine today, can't wait no longer???????

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:26 9

8. joaolx (Posts: 351; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Android looks bad in tablets. Everything is streched and looks exactly like a phone. No differences except blank and useless place and it seems to get worse with every new release. I wish they changed it.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:37 7

10. blazee (Posts: 256; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


I disagree. Nothing looks stretched and or uselessly blank on my nexus 7

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:38 6

18. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 774; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Yes it does, this image proves your point quite nicely.

http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/02/macrumors-ipad5d.jpg

Wait, what?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:05

19. bucky (Posts: 1343; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


What looks stretched there? I'm confused

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:35 2

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7726; Member since: 14 May 2012)


... Idk if you're trolling or telling the truth.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:43 3

30. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 774; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


He said Android on tablets looks exactly like a phone, but iOS UI is the same be it on iPhone, iPod, iPad, the iPad looks particularly bad because of the huge space between app icons.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:04

35. bucky (Posts: 1343; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


I see what you're saying there but the pic is of the home screen. He obviously meant applications.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 21:07

36. taikucing (unregistered)


lol.. so much unused spaces. and looks ugly too

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 13:42 1

11. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Can't wait!!! :)

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:07 3

15. twens (Posts: 557; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I am the only one. I feel androids UI needs a big changed. I am getting bored with this holo theme already.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 14:14

17. theaztech (Posts: 49; Member since: 13 Sep 2013)


how could you possibly be getting bored. I doubt youve used every single mod availbe for your phone on the forums.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:13 1

21. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol to enjoy android you have to go on forums and try themes? that sucks...

twens is right!!

time for something new android!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:00

25. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


no to enjoy android you simply use android, to change the way the UI looks you have the option to check out the forums if you choose to go that route. the selection of themes available for the CM theme engine is amazing BTW

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 23:40

39. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


been there done that.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 15:11 1

20. Klamba92 (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


While I was hoping for a ui change like card ui, I am not getting bored of holo, still really like it. But the great thing is if you don't the ui you can always change through custom launchers. I'm using themer beta for now, really loving it!

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 16:25

28. Miracles (Posts: 472; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Am I missing some major information or something -_-

Wasn't the next version of Android going to be called KitKat?

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 17:59 1

31. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3948; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Yes, but the KitKat deal was done last minute, and considering most leaks are from prototypes/early betas, a lot of them still have the KLP name. It still is going to be called KitKat, but a lot of leaks are showing KLP because they aren't from recent models.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:09

32. Miracles (Posts: 472; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)


Ahh that makes more sense. :D

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 18:51

33. werthedroids (Posts: 60; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


I like the design of ics and jb. a LOT. this isn't as good. please don't screw it up google! I was hoping they would adopt the light "cards" look in all system apps in KitKat

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 19:00 1

34. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


I have to be plainly fair here. After reading all the bashing on iOS 7, and comparing Android 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and now 4.4....it's the same thing. Does it have more features than iOS? Definitely. But so did Android 2.2, that's not the point. iOS 7 was a pretty big leap from 6. This, not really.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 23:36

38. av911 (Posts: 130; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Why would you expect 4.4 to be a big leap? If that's the case, it would've been 5.0.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 16:39

45. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Simply because so much time has passed since 4.0 was released. Where is 5.0, then? When it's Apple, it's the Devil. When it's Google, it's all praise and celebration.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 03:17

43. techguyone (Posts: 96; Member since: 18 May 2013)


You're not comparing like for like, 4.4 is a point change from 4.3, ios has gone from ver 6 to ver 7,

Better to wait for android 5.0 then compare that with android 4.0 and see if you can spot some more significant differences.

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 16:40

46. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yes but look how much time it takes to reach 5.0. That's my point. Yet, no one seems to complain about these minor updates. Also let's be fair, a new "Name" is pretty much a brand new release. So 4.4 is technically 5.0.

posted on 14 Oct 2013, 23:53

40. casualavi (Posts: 48; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)


Since this is Android 4, there will not be major UI changes but yes, features keep on adding like more user profiles, tap to pay, etc. The Holo UI will likely be changed on Android 5..

posted on 15 Oct 2013, 03:07

42. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Nestlé can EAD

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