Android 4.4 KitKat: review of all the new features

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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85 Comments

1. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Hello Netflix, I shall now start screen capping all of your movies! Thanks 4.4!!!

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Android kitkat features: testy chocolate, more creamy, smooth, silky, crunchy, and when you eat, blow your mind.

46. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I really want a Android shaped KitKat bar. Too bad it's only limited edition and only comes as a prize. I really love the novelty of the Android KitKat. Since the robot is green they should make a Limited Edition mint flavor Android KitKat for the holidays.

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow, you're not very smart, are you? Try reading the entire article before posting such silly comments. It will prevent you from having to wipe the egg off your face.

24. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Serious guy is serious. Did you miss out on getting a nexus today?

33. g2a5b0e unregistered

Can't say I did. My Note 3 is all I need. Have fun TRYING to record those Netflix movies. Let me know how that works out for ya.

38. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Wow, you're being a d**k.

39. g2a5b0e unregistered

Deal with it.

84. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 965; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Internet tough guy.

74. Tbm2xx

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I actually think it is possible, if you make a backup of the netflix apk today, (read: before they Update) Then you can install the old version of netflix on your nexus 5 and then it will be possible to record netflix...

37. SAYED-EJAZ

Posts: 225; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

What about 64bit support?

42. wilsong17 unregistered

why would you need this omg

45. cancerous21

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

he's an ifan

57. hypergreatthing

Posts: 44; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

It supports all 0 apps that need 64 bit support. Pretty simple, right?

58. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

android already has support, it just doesnt take advantage of it yet.

61. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

The Linux kernel used by Android already supports AArch64 (aka ARMv8) but it's just not enabled because there is not need to. Just a few core runtimes will require recompiling but Apps would work as usual since Dalvik core (bytecode) is independent of word length.

48. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

waiting for cm10.3 or cm11

78. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

having an Galaxy Nexus myself, it seem the only way to get KitKat :(

2. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Wow. This was a bigger update than I initially expected. This is starting to sway me from getting a Retina iPad mini. Maybe I'll go check out a Nexus 7 in store again in a couple weeks when it gets the 4.4 update...

62. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You were actually considered that $399 ipad mini? Seriously? I laughed so hard when I first heard that price. Good for you for willing try the Nexus 7 but you can have two of them for the price of 1 iPad mini. And it's a better tablet anyway (in my opinion). It's no contest.

71. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The problem is 16:9 tablets are awkward to hold vertically, while the 4:3 ratio isnt optimal I think is the best form factor for a tablet and I had a nexus tablet, and still getting the nexus 5, but prefer the ipad form factor.

75. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I really just wanted to try iOS 7 personally, something new to me. I didn't feel like getting an iPhone 5S because I wanted a slightly larger screen and I felt like I couldn't part with some of Android's features, but I was willing to try the iPad mini, once it got a Retina display and A7 of course. As long as I had Android as my smartphone OS, I didn't feel the need to get the Nexus 7, but now that I see KitKat, I'm starting to have second thoughts.

73. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

You and me two. I don't know what have those things do but I know I can't do them now. I aspecially like the little emotion thingys on the keyboard, I know I can't do that now but that sound like a useful feature. My only problem with the other stuff is I'm still not sure how that messaging intergration gonna work. Also, anybody know if I can get the keyboard on my phone now until I buy a new phone?

3. febzz

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Screen recording without rooting required, finally! And closed captions!

59. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

using adb shell... limited to 3 minutes per recording.

79. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

You could of always done video out recording through a PVR.

4. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

So when the hell is Android 5.0 "Licorice" coming out its been like 4 hours!!

6. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Try again next year.

13. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

5.0 lollipop sounds tastier

40. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

it's clearly going to be Laffy Taffy
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