New Android 4.4 images show the KitKat easter egg, UI tweaks, and more

New Android 4.4 images show the KitKat easter egg, UI tweaks, and more
There seem to be multiple builds of Android 4.4 KitKat floating around the interwebs. Some leaks we see have UI changes that others don't, so it's making it even harder to tell what is real and what may not be. This newest batch of alleged Android 4.4 screenshots don't show the changes to the lockscreen or the app tray that we have seen before, but do show what looks like the KitKat easter egg.

We've been waiting for this one, because we know that if we were to get our hands on a leak of Android 4.4, the first thing we'd do would be to tap away on the version number in the Settings menu to see the new KitKat easter egg. The easter egg itself is the word Android stylized to look like the KitKat logo, and long-pressing from there will get you to a moving mosaic history of the Android nicknames from Cupcake all the way to KitKat. Amusingly, there is also one lone slice of Key Lime Pie in the shot in reference to the internal codename for Android 4.4 when Google was working towards securing the KitKat name

The other screenshots show various items from around the system with tweaks here and there. The app logos for Google Search and Google Settings are now round (although the app tray doesn't have the different background we saw in other leaks.) The typography in the clock app has been changed to get rid of the bold face and make the digits slimmer. The downloads area has been redesigned. The settings menu now has options for Cloud Printing and Tap to Pay as we've seen before. Lastly, it looks like QuickOffice may be built into the system. 

The screenshots were taken on a Nexus 7, which accounts for the app configuration in the app tray. 

source: ZDNet



1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

why does it look so flat and plain? (the screen shots of some apps) Are all OSs moving away from making things seem realistic?

4. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Android has looked like this for two years now, they're not exactly "moving away" any more.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I think this is an early build. It looks almost identical to 4.0-4.3.

23. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Well, it is a minor update so I'm not sure why you are expecting any big changes.

27. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Major UI changes happen with the full .0 version updates, so I wouldn't expect it to look markedly different than 4.0-4.3. The big UI change will come with 5.0, just like it did with 2.0, 3.0, and 4.0.

9. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

First I just want to correct Michael H. about the Logo on the "kitKat", it's not a pagan symbol "Easter Egg", it's a ellipse! I'll "Passover" your Easter Egg. In 2002, Hershey Kit Kats adopted the slanted ellipse logo used worldwide by Nestlé, though the ellipse was red and the text white.

12. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

"easter egg" as in "hidden item to find", not the shape of anything.

14. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Was that really necessary?

16. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

oh the stupidity. and the bigotry.

37. giosoliman

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

BURN!!! haha.

44. softfurryanus

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Wow Michael, get wrecked.

13. AnTuTu

Posts: 1620; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I wish the change the interface this time. Its getting kinda boring since JB's release :(

26. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

They should only change it if the change makes it better. It's stupid just to change it just for the sake of changing it. Also, KitKat is not a major release it is a minor release. That is why it is 4.4 and not 5.0.

22. HansGoneInsane unregistered

It looks like they go for circle shaped app symbols, I like that in general. But to be honest, I think that iOS 7 looks much nicer and friendlier with its translucency and the resulting varying color scheme. (No offends meant here guys, just my opinion). I think Google (and Apple) should go in the direction of the current iPod Nano design, what do you think? I like that design and also the design of its app symbols.

2. kalloud

Posts: 155; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Although the rumored October 15th (tomorrow) release date is somehow confusing..

24. jimv1983

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

It's way too late for tomorrow to be the release date. They haven't even had an official announcement yet. The invitations for the announcement event haven't even been sent yet.

41. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

I feel fishy about Android kit kat Sign up page ,, it wasn't for earlier versions,,, i think thay r going to unvil it online and those who register wil receive all the information right in there inbox

3. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Guess the Best 1 w'd be Voice Control / Always on Assistant Update.

5. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Settings icon sucks tbh. :(

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yummy, can I have nine today, can't wait no longer???????

8. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Android looks bad in tablets. Everything is streched and looks exactly like a phone. No differences except blank and useless place and it seems to get worse with every new release. I wish they changed it.

10. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I disagree. Nothing looks stretched and or uselessly blank on my nexus 7

18. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Yes it does, this image proves your point quite nicely. Wait, what?

19. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

What looks stretched there? I'm confused

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

... Idk if you're trolling or telling the truth.

30. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

He said Android on tablets looks exactly like a phone, but iOS UI is the same be it on iPhone, iPod, iPad, the iPad looks particularly bad because of the huge space between app icons.

35. bucky

Posts: 3791; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I see what you're saying there but the pic is of the home screen. He obviously meant applications.

36. taikucing unregistered

lol.. so much unused spaces. and looks ugly too

11. ilia1986 unregistered

Can't wait!!! :)

15. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I am the only one. I feel androids UI needs a big changed. I am getting bored with this holo theme already.

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