Screenshots of KitKat are unwrapped, show UI changes on dialer, messaging page and more

Screenshots of KitKat are unwrapped, show UI changes on dialer, messaging page and more
Nowadays, the mere glance at a KitKat wrapper is enough for the typical smartphone fanatic to immediately think about the Android OS and build 4.4. What we have for you here is much better than just the wrapper of a KitKat. What we have below for you to stare at are a few screenshots of the KitKat build of Android.

The other day, we showed you the new keyboard design for KitKat which now has a gray/white color scheme. The dialer now has a snappy blue color and a much less cluttered design. The messages page has the controls moved to the upper right corner and a view of the home screen shows new icons for text messages and the dialer.

We could see KitKat released next month, possibly alongside the revised Google Nexus 10. There's a story right there. Will it be Samsung or Asus producing the slate? Just the other day, a leaked inventory list suggested that Asus will get the honor.


source: 9to5Google via GSMArena

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39 Comments

1. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Hmmm, not sure on how I feel about that Messaging Screen. The Dialer reminds me of iOS too.

14. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

This was already reported as being fake. I guess Alan F was to stupid to research something before posting it. God bless Journalism

22. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

this looks like theme to be released for Paranoid android

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I'm liking the new Ray but the new Alan? I'll stop right there before I get a warning in my Gmail inbox.

34. g2a5b0e unregistered

"to stupid" I love the irony.

2. Rydsmith unregistered

Google. Y u no merge Hangouts and Messaging! =(

28. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Yeah. I too need a unified messenger app, also supporting FB chat(though Google won't do). Anyways, Would be very happy if Messing and G+ united together!

5. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Ios7 dialer?

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

So a change in background color to white,makes it a copy from apple???

35. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Even if this was true, let's take a second to remember iOS 7 and all its new Android features.

6. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Meh, doesn't matter since its more about functionality than design change. We could always change the dialer and everything else with it. What matters is what new apis and features they have made available. That and the internal speed and stability advancements.

9. TechBlue

Posts: 81; Member since: May 06, 2010

I agree we can use other themes. but the white background is just awful on the eyes

7. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

Argh! I'm not understanding the shift from black bagrounds to white. Black backgrounds don't hurt either LCD's or Amoled, while white backgrounds waste more power on Amoled. Considering number of Android phones with amoled's you'd think google would take this into consideration.

36. loken

Posts: 462; Member since: May 09, 2012

I think its a darker shade of.white like the one used on play store

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hours and hours later... Nonetheless, I'm rocking 4.3 with a Carbon ROM and can't wait to rock 4.4 on my Note 3 a week after Google pushes the update. :)

25. tedkord

Posts: 17481; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I had a few issues with Carbon. Right now in using SlimBean weekly 1.2. It's pretty damned smooth. GS3, BTW.

30. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Running Carbon JB Nightly 09222013. It runs buttery smooth and it's 4.3, but System UI keeps crashing. Waiting for the stable build. Definitely loving the active notification system that's on the Moto X.

10. jos_031

Posts: 62; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

I do not care much about UI change alone... what core changes are there.. that is important...If only change in UI== fail

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

White back grounds in dialer and other areas is just plain awful, it is not only a copy of Apples new look, it is blinding at night to use. Not impressed with this change.

18. Pancholo

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

And we all know Apple was the first dude in the block with white backgrounds for everything.

13. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Looks nice, but is this legit or just a custom rom installed a top android.

16. SilverSurfer85

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

This looks pretty similiar to the lasst Ui that android had put out.. -_-

17. Samir_Maric

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

Finally Google changes the dialer style, ICS to JB 4.3 looks similar but this is colorful:)

19. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Thought we'd see more red and brown with the Kit Kat theme. The first couple screens look somewhat childish, sadly, especially in comparison to recent somewhat professional-looking android iterations.

20. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Great everybody is trying to be like everybody. I'm just gonna get out my old flip phone rockin that brew sh*t lol.

21. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Am I the only that thinks it looks kinda nice? I'm sure it's fake, but it's pretty reminiscent of Google Now and Google+. I'd love to see Google merge the look of those apps with the operating system.

23. jepp_20066

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 21, 2013

ugly looking.....

24. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I kinda like the new dialpad :)

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

*shrugs* I'm just waiting for the official release before I make any judgement.

27. JMartin22

Posts: 2391; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

It doesn't look that different. I guess that's expecting too much from an iterative version update. I hope Android 5 series brings about a complete UI overhaul. The halo theme of ICS is seriously looking dated and boring now. It's also been a bad layout for navigating through the phone's OS quickly, in comparison to OEM skins like TouchWiz.

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