Android 4.4 screenshots show printing and payments built in, Drive and Keep now come pre-loaded

Android 4.4 screenshots show printing and payments built in, Drive and Keep now come pre-loaded
An early build of Android 4.4 has leaked out and for the first time we get to see a very detailed screenshot-backed report of what the upcoming KitKat version looks like. Do not be surprised to see the Key Lime Pie name in the images below as they are obviously of an early version when the KitKat naming decision had not yet been taken.

So what’s new in Android 4.4? The changes in the visuals are there, but they are so very subtle you’d be forgiven to not notice them at all - there is a refreshing recoloring of some elements to white, but it’s under the hood where most changes have happened.

Google has built-in printing into the system so you no longer have to rely on a third-party app. Wireless payments also appear in the menus, so we might hear more about this later this month. The third big new inclusion is support for Wireless screen casting via the Miracast standard built into the system.

When it comes to the actual software, Android 4.4 now comes with a wider set of Google apps. The new arrivals are Google’s note taking app Keep and the cloud based office suite Drive.

The camera app in Android 4.4 has also been noticeably improved with new filters that remind us of Instagram and with a slider allowing you to select the output image quality.

All in all, KitKat seems to be another gradual change in Android with subtle changes rather than a radical redesign. Google itself has said that with Android 4.4 the goal is “to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Still, if you are curious about how it looks, take a look at the screenshots right below.


source: Gadget Helpline

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27 Comments

1. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

To be fair the last few updates from Google have been buggy. It would be unwise to offer a massive update until they resolve the issues that most face when updating. Mainly Nexus devices are the ones to suffer

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I was looking forward for a redesigned UI. holo ui is nice but it seems , its about time to change that. At least make it a bit refreshing, get rid of that dark theme.... And make,it a lot more clean...

11. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

They go for the dark cuz more darker ui makes way for more battery life for OLED..

16. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Or at least an option to choose dark or white theme...

13. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Agree.

2. D.Aceveda

Posts: 430; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Can you guys now acknowledge the other leaks you posted were obviously fake?

3. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

android version: KeyLimePie... not Kit Kat looks like fake.

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I think you should read article a bit more carefully the article says "Do not be surprised to see the Key Lime Pie name in the images below as they are obviously of an early version when the KitKat naming decision had not yet been taken."

5. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

"early build"

7. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

why so many screenshots? most of these things are available in Android 4.3... I think Google is cheating on us...at first we thought it is key lime pie...and Google said no it's kit kat! but in none of the leaks we seen no name of kitkat! Google wanted to make money by calling it kitkat until it is released. But the real name is key lime pie!!!

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

First of all its an early build, that why these screen shots shows KLP instead of Kit Kat. and this version wont bring any UI overhaul that's comes in version 5.0 (i also like to see a redesigned UI)

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I once called out a set of early ICS screenshots as fake because they said "IceCreamSandwich" in the version number for Android, instead of 4.0. However, in retrospect, many of the screenshots of that supposed early build did contain elements that we saw in the final ICS release, most notably the organization of the app drawer. Therefore, this time I can't say that these are fake based on "KeyLimePie" being there instead of "4.4." I am excited to see printing go native on Android now, as well as mirroring (though it seems Miracast has yet to really catch on in TVs.) For the record, here's the link to that ICS leak:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Alleged-Ice-Cream-Sandwich-screenshots-leaked_id21134 God, those were the days.

18. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

RIP trumper

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You mean "Thumper," right? I was actually wondering what happened to him.

23. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

He changed username

24. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh. What does he call himself now?

25. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

King Kurugi or something like that

10. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

They were supposed to migrate to Linux 3.8 (better memory management etc etc). Somehow this doesn't seem legit. On a side note my N4 shows in "Android Version" field 4.3 not JellyBean, and the baseband number format is somewhat off.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow..more cool features are coming.

14. ilia1986 unregistered

I hope they make Keep slightly more intuitive to use.. It's a bit too minimal for my taste.

15. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I'm wondering why there is hammerhead in the build info. Since these are Nexus 4 screenshots it should be a mako build, hammerhead supposed to be the Nexus 5. And kind of disappointed of the camera app, hoped they fix the cut off viewfinder. Doesn't look like they did.

26. NSRhodes

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Also, the baseband version is for a Snapdragon 800...

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Wireless display is already on N4.

19. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Okay, these are fake. We have seen in previous leaks that Kitkat will get a new messaging app icon. In this one, it's still the old one.

27. NSRhodes

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Its still prerelease.

20. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I hope they aren't fake because if they are legit then it would be an awesome purchase for that new device I have in mind to get. Drive and Keep are so-so for me because I barely use them but would need to start back since I have a tendency for getting devices without an SD card because I have a tendency for getting some virus on the sd card that messes the entire device.

21. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2253; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wow built-in printer?awesome.fax?

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