Android 4.4 KitKat focus has been more on a new 'Android TV' interface, rather than phones

Android 4.4 KitKat focus has been more on a new 'Android TV' interface, rather than phones
We aren't hearing about any major new features or interface design changes with 4.4 KitKat, it turns out, as there might not be much of them in there for phones to begin with. Korean media is citing its own sources who claim that a major add-on in KitKat is actually its ability to interact well with large displays, and the focus hasn't really been on smartphones with this one, but on TV.

Google TV was plagued by lousy interface and deficient application programming interfaces for Android's interaction with smart TVs, and the redesign of both is said to have been the major focus with 4.4 KitKat. “I heard Google say ‘the next OS has greatly improved its utilization in TV. In particular, there will be many changes in the interface between smart devices and the TV,’” claim the insiders.

Apparently, Google has also sent out guidelines to major TV makers like LG (from where the leak probably originates), which retitle their television set efforts that run Google's mobile OS to "Android TV", instead of the Google TV association. 

This move is hardly surprising, as the battle is now moving to larger screens. Apple is rumored to issue two own TV sets next year, one 50" and one 65", for $1500 and $2000, respectively, with frameless design and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Google already gauged the TV market with the Chromecast dongle on the cheap, and is now toying with the idea of its own sets as well, taking advantage of Motorola's set-top box business, Chromecast and Android TV somehow. 

Not that all of this has convinced Samsung to make an Android-powered TV set, note the insiders, as the Koreans are actively developing Tizen for their own smart TV sets as an insurance against Google doing more hardware down the road. We have to also remember that Google started a big push for tablet apps among developers in the Play Store, so the focus might indeed be shifting to larger displays, after Android cornered the smartphone market.

source: ETNews via UnwiredView & IBTimes



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Announce the damn phone (N5) already GOOGLE

4. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

This is looking more and more like a complete joke. I mean how long can you tease people without dropping anything remotely official ? Is Google having issues with the development of 4.4 or are they genuinely mocking us ?

10. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

By teasing they are simply stopping people from buying other phones.

11. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Well, not really, as far as I'm concerned. I've been waiting for the Nexus 5 since forever but ended up buying the Note 3 because I needed a phone and was tired of waiting. Now I'm returning the Note 3, only because I find it too big for me, but I would have kept it if it was a bit smaller, since it's a great device. I really think nowadays you have so many options that companies shouldn't play this game. I'm quite sure that a good amount of people is going to buy another one of the great handsets that are available on the market if Google doesn't hurry with the N5.

14. in_core

Posts: 80; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

true. Sold my S2 about 4months back to upgrade to xperia SP, then thought why not wait a month and let the s4's price to fall and get it for future proofing. After waiting 1 month i started getting all these leaks of Nexus5 and have been waiting since.. release it already :'( i m tired of waiting

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Nokia and Apple have had their time in the spotlight recently. Now its Google and LG's turn. There hasn't been nearly enough covering the release of kitkat and the Nexus 5.

12. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

"taking advantage of Motorola's set-top box business, Chromecast and Android TV somehow"... I thought that Google had already sold Motorola's set-top box division:

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yup, once again phonearena fails to research, instead opting to make up "news" as they go along.

18. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

But if we all just believe, we can make it a wikiality.

13. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

This is my personal opinion but I belive that google should keep ChromeOS as a PC and television OS while keeping android on the mobile division

17. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

How is Google going to take advantage of Motorola's set-top box division? They sold that a decent bit ago. They got ~$2.35 billion to Arris.

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