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

25. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I should had been just called "android 5 kitkat" cos its a major update

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I wouldn't call it major. It still operates and looks mostly the same. It definitely is the biggest 0.1 update I've ever seen come to Android, though not enough to justify a full bump to 5.0.

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Break me a piece of 4.4!

27. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Crap... Well, the Nexus5 is not coming to Verizon. So now I get to play the waiting game to see when the provider's top phones will get the update to 4.4 before I buy a new phone, if it doesn't happen by December I'm jumping ship to a new provider. I am not happy at all with Verizon at all right now.

31. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I would say go with AT&T, but I do not know if its good in your area cause verizon not good in mines, tmobile and sprint is the worse tho not a even one bar at least verizon range from 1 bar to almost 2 bars

30. GeekMovement unregistered

I like yer thumbnail pic.

34. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

That's it?...... I guess current phones will get this update in 2015

77. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

HTC already said they'll push out the update to the unlocked One within 30 days, the carrier branded Ones within 90 days, and the One mini and Max within 90 days.

41. Shubham412302

Posts: 568; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

wp8 already supports low power music playback lumia 720 gets 72hrs and 1520 gets 100+ hours

43. wilsong17 unregistered

hmm no i got my note 3 for that with jedi x20 rom

50. taikucing unregistered

WOW! the best mobile phone OS is even better. Look at that Nokia, you should accept android since a long time ago.

53. nnduc32

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

Hix, I'm using 4.2 :(

55. ydl08

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 01, 2013

The 4th function "OK Google" has been available on many android devices for quite some time now so..... From my knowledge that isn't suppose to be there the rest looks good

56. g2a5b0e unregistered

Not true. Read the entire page.

60. ARSALAN123

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

A BIG STEP FOR LOW-END DEVICES

63. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

so you expect to get 4.4 kitkat update to your 512mb phone soon? dream on android users.

67. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

No! All it means is that new low end phones will also get 4.4

65. Sadman_Hossain

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

The fact that they can change the home launcher from the setting option indicates that the Google Experience Launcher will go public in the Google Playstore.

66. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Who knows maybe Nestle paid a hefty price for this. Afterall it's also serving as advertisement for KitKat and GOOG is an "advertising revenue" company. So some "secret deal"?

68. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

For those that are into photo editing, I understand there is a really great photo shop editor built into this upgrade. Videos of the editor are actually pretty detailed. John B.

69. PigglyWiggly

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

I like how Google is attempting to speed up older android devices with this update. Compared to Apple who purposefully slows down older IOS devices so you will have to buy the one. I just hope manufacturers push the update to some of their older flagship phones.

70. FastKatt

Posts: 7; Member since: May 22, 2011

I can't wait to load this on my OG Motorola Droid

82. true1984

Posts: 864; Member since: May 23, 2012

i had wireless printing on my htc one. i honestly thought it was a feature introduced in 4.1.2

85. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Dont forget the iPhone compared to a Nokia 1520: the best, the smallest phone to hold with one hand and stash in your slip (good vibrations) because the 1520 has the best screen, the best camera and video, the best speakers and is the best game phone and the best phone to take on the train (Phone Arena dixit).

86. iLoveAndroid

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

As said in the other thread: Do it like this: http ://myandroidanme.blogspot.d e/2014/02/android-44-kitkat-roms-and-flash.html Your flash problem will be gone. You will have to kill the spaces after http and :// and between blogspot.d e in the above URL. Can't post normal urls since I'm new....
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