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

72. Rydsmith unregistered

Google presents: Android 5.0 Lollipop, ft. Lil Wayne.

54. xXMAKESHIFTXx

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Maybe if you "climb to glory", you will find news on it there!

5. ndidaaaa

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

Picture 3: If the translucent bars doesn't come to tablets I will be pissed!

7. sagemda

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

thats the comparation betwen 4.4 and 4.3, look at the wallpaper on the tablet

15. ndidaaaa

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

You are right! Thank you very much. I didn't realize that the first time

8. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

havent got it yet :(

9. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Low power Ram for millions of devices that are out now? Absolutely none of these will get updated by the manufacturer/carrier. I don't understand this statement.

49. ilia1986 unregistered

Ever heard of custom roms?

51. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Future low end devices are the ones that will greatly benifit from it.

10. av911 unregistered

How does this "incremental" update NOT blowout iOS7? Android FTMFW!!

11. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

This is a nice un-update, as usual for android -.-'

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

compared to iOS7? No sh*t dude.

35. DAddYE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

At least over there there is an unread counter that works out of the box

76. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

iOS will bring those features in 2015

83. 4.1.2

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

Do. You forget the glories of gingerbread I love how my key board stays on the screen even when I leave SMS.

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm crying on how beautiful everything is.

29. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

its alright, I like the music feature to play in low power this will make it last longer, i like the phone dialer too and hangout integration, the other parts are meh

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Way more than what I had initially expected. Google has outdone themselves again.

17. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I think i have just fallen in love!! :')

19. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

The question is, when will Samsung roll it out on S4? They said they sold 20million S4's globally so meaning 20million people are waiting. Come on Samsung!

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

Pretty good chance that the S5 will be the first Samsung device with Touchwiz that gets it. The Note 3, S4, Note 2, & S3 will follow later.

21. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I agree. But hopefully S4 will get it no later than Q1 2014. (we wish)

47. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

There's no doubt it will be coming to the GS 4 and Notes 2 & 3. Otherwise Samsung risks alienating a large chunk of smartphone users.

22. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

One thing seems evident - Android is now head and shoulders above iOS, and should absolutely trump it even in the performance /stability. We're looking at thoroughly improved kernel here. iOS 7, otoh, is having tons of issues and is simply a second grade OS in comparison.

23. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

the truth has been spoken!!!

32. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

...even though iOS 7 has almost all of these features sans the IR functionality

36. av911 unregistered

I think you're referring to iOS 8, when they're gonna copy what Android already had.

52. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I'm sorry, I did not realize that IOS 7 also had support for NFC also. Hum.... I must have missed that some where. Ill go back and reread everything about IOS 7 again thanks for letting me know. LAMFO

64. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Besides integration of messages, Emoji, and wireless printing, iOS 7 has nothing this new Android update has

81. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Don't forget the translucent interface, built-in device management (Find My iPhone), closed captioning, music seek from lock screen, and Immersion mode (in iBooks).
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