Android 4.4 KitKat update: release date, features and rumors

Android 4.4 KitKat update: release date, features and rumors

Last update: 10/31/2013 (later slides are newer)


You may not know this, but Android4.4 KitKat has been on our radar for a looong time.Of course, back then we referred to it as Android 5.0 Key Lime Pieand we were initially an audience to what turned out to be some wildlyinaccurate speculation, claiming that it'll hit the industry as earlyas February/March. Surely enough, as the months went by, the(speculated) release date for the next iteration of the world's mostpopular mobile OS proved to be a moving target – it was no longerFebruary or March, it was June next, then sometime during the summer,until, finally, we now have a much more likely October release. Arelease that coincides with the rumored unveiling of another Googleproduct – the much anticipated Nexus 5.



Ah, the Nexus5. We've been curating the web for everysplit and reasonable-sounding detail on the upcoming Google/LG devicethat we could get our hands on, and despite this particular piece beingabout the upcoming Android 4.4. KitKat update, the two are linkedfrom conception, or so it appears. With that in mind, it shouldn'tsurprise you that most of our current preliminary intel on the nextAndroid is seen posing out of the screen of the Nexus 5.



So, without anyfurther ado, let's dive right into it!


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93 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Congrats Nexus users. Just have to wait for Samsung to release a touchwiz version and update my S4 :(

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Many people will be waiting a long time. 4.2 has barely reached that many users.

13. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Just about every new phone is shipping with 4.2 or higher. It's not the stone age like you always want to perceive.

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Every phone NOW is shipping with 4.2 and 4.3 soon, but the charts Google dishes out at the end of each months says something different. 4.2 has less than 5% at the end of August if I remember correctly.

31. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I believe the charts are based on market hits, so there's always going to be some discrepancy with them. Why they just don't use activation's or software updates, not sure. Found it: http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html It's based upon Play store hits for the previous 7 days. For more accuracy you'd have to do extensive searches on what phones ship with, then total their sales.

62. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Nope, LG Optimus G Pro is still at 4.1.2. I'm pretty sure there are others. It's an excellent phone nonetheless.

21. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

True, fragmentation is high on android. But the thing is that even JB 4.1 can do almost all thing that iOS 7 or WP 8 can do sometimes even more. But for those who wish for timely update go get the nexus . Its powerful, affordable,reliable. every OS has its own pros and cons.

35. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

its not about what an OS can do but how it does it that matters...to me at the least

65. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

True talk, I really do not think your post needs to be attacked because you spoke the truth. Most android users on JB are on 4.1.2. Most on 4.2.2 and 4.3 are running CM roms.

72. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Those who want updates that desperately buy NEXUS phones. Others can wait. It's like iOS not dishing out all features on all hardware despite the so called upgrade. "Fragmentation" rant of Jobs is irrelevant after his death. Only he could market that bull.

77. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

Come on guys.... you are living in the world of Android... You can Root your Device and Use Custom ROM .... If you can use latest version ...why are you still waiting for official Updates .........

78. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

May be because most 3rd party ROMs out there have more problems than they fix.

83. Raihanpatel111 unregistered

i totally disagree.....Just try to find best ROM for Your Phone from XDA .... i have never seen any problems in my phone Because of the 3rd party ROMs.... CM, paranoid Android , Android Revolution , Pac-man are Awesome Custom RoMs ....

87. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

still less buggy then ios7

88. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

finally a good point

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Why not just move to a nexus? I mean I'm waiting in line to change my droid RAZR for an N5, or you like some features on the S4?

47. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Maybe cause nexus doesn't have the amazing camera of S4, maybe cause nexus has smaller screen, and maybe cause he likes all the extra features that samsung added in terms of software. Anyway nexus is always limited when it comes to sales. Its barely available outside USA/UK and few other countries.

51. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Well, since the nexus is based on the LG phone that device has one of the best cameras out there, Google has been talking about improving camera. Google could use some cool new features, and some availability on other devices

68. rabidhunter

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

Unfortunately, some are married to Verizon.

82. Gatman

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

But what is the difference going to be, Its gonna look the same though.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Already better than iOS 7. Well anything is better than iOS 7. 2 cans connected with a string is better than iOS 7. lol

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Really? All I see is a mere partnership. I don't see anything substantial.

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well since I am on Android 4.3 at this moment & I read that this NEW OS will actually perform GREAT with 512 MB of RAM that's already a plus & a WIN over iOS 7. iOS 7 on my Mother's Apple iPhone 4 is more than less desirable, if you get my drift. Android 4.4 will do more than iOS 7 could ever imagine & still work EXTREMELY well on older devices. That's is a total WIN. Apple can't say the same with iOS 7, that's for sure.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Running 4.3 also. Carbon ROM on my T-Mo S3 runs buttery smooth but it's a nightly build. :(

37. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am going back and forth between Cyan Fox & PAC on my HTC Droid DNA. Cyan Fox doesn't have all the features PAC does but it's insanely smooth & responsive compared to PAC. I just love all of PAC's features though. HENCE why I keep nandroid'ing back and forth. lol Soon though, once I have the Samsung Galaxy Note III my wife will be rocking my rooted HTC Droid DNA. +1 for rooting your device!

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1 right back at ya' for joining the Note 3 club!

48. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I see you can predict the future. Please tell me the lottery numbers and I will buy you a brand new android phone every month for the rest of your life. Beside that you should learn that in this world and on this planet earth not everyone shares your opinion and taste. And thats a great thing. What you want is monopoly of android dominating the mobile OS which is a bad thing for innovation. Having competition from iOS and windows phones is great for everyone. But it looks like you prefer in a world of no decisions and living under the same thing. I remember that kind of thinking some old German dude shared it and killed millions of people trying it. Good luck.

54. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

All I have to say is..... WHAT?!? lol

75. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

That whole able-to-run-on-older-devices-with-512MB-ram is just speculation. We'll see when the official release and press conference is live.

90. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

#7 reads "Well since I am on Android 4.3 at this moment & I read that this NEW OS will actually perform GREAT with 512 MB of RAM that's already a plus & a WIN over iOS 7. iOS 7 on my Mother's Apple iPhone 4 is more than less desirable, if you get my drift. Android 4.4 will do more than iOS 7 could ever imagine & still work EXTREMELY well on older devices. That's is a total WIN. Apple can't say the same with iOS 7, that's for sure." So you just took him saying that Android 4.3 is better than IOS7 ALL THE WAY to Hitler murdering people? Are you insane? What's your stance on Xbox One vs. PS4?

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