Screenshots of Google’s next version of Android 4.4 KitKat that was announced a couple of weeks ago have leaked online and they reveal, in detail, some of the top features that this new OS will offer its users.
Screenshots of the early build of Android 4.4 KitKat captured in several screen grabs also reveal that Google initially had plans to make the operating system bear the ‘Key Lime Pie’ moniker as rumors and speculations had convinced us since shortly after Android 4.2 Jelly Bean was unveiled. The announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat came as a huge surprise to many who expected the next version of Android to be 5.0 Key Lime Pie that was expected to be a unique version to finally end Android’s fragmentation.
Features of Android 4.4 KitKat
Back to the news at hand, Android 4.4 KitKat screenshots bears a subtle color scheme with the color white being dominant. Early rumors indicate that the animations of this version of Android are also way smoother and ‘subtler’ compared to those of its predecessors. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean brought with it a number of minor developments compared to 4.2 hence the reason it didn’t even have its own moniker instead adopting 4.1 and 4.2’s but 4.4 brings bigger changes and more new features evidenced by it having its own moniker ‘KitKat’. Google says that Android 4.4 is ‘and amazing Android experience’ that will be available to ‘everybody’ meaning even less powerful devices could probably run this OS with ease.
Here are some of the features that leaked screenshots reveal.
Images originally published on 9 to 5 Google show that the messaging apps on this version of Android have been redesigned to be cleaner and have a lighter color. The status bar too changes color to match the color of the selected theme.
We may not really have seen this in the screenshots but there is reason to believe that Android 4.4 KitKat is light enough to run on low end devices with as low as 512MB of RAM. Back when we though the next version of Android would be 5.0 Key Lime Pie, a tipster hinted to Tech Radar that the new OS is optimized to run on low end devices that can’t even run Jelly Bean not .
Improved Camera UI:
This is one of the most obvious changes on KiKat. The new camera interface brings Instagram-style filters and it lets users preview them before applying them.
Another new feature, printing integration has been added to Settings menu.
A new wireless NFC payment system has also been added to the main Android system and will no longer be a third-party application feature.
Google Now on KitKat allows users to save images as PDF files and its functionalities have been expanded to include editing paper size, orientation, number of copies and colors before printing images and PDF files directly on a local printer.
Android 4.4 KitKat will come with more apps pre-loaded. These include Google Drive, an online cloud storage service and a note-taking service called Google Keep.
Although we don’t expect it to be a radical redesign like Apple’s iOS 7, Android 4.4 KitKat gradually introduces new features and tools that should bring more users into the fold and take the system a step further towards defragmenting Android. Back in February, Android Central claimed that the next Android version after Jelly Bean, which we thought would be KLP, would be built on a Linux 3.8 kernel. Could Android 4.4 be?
A tipster who tipped AusDroid about the October 14th release of this version of Android is also said to have leaked a few more information about it including new animation APIs, various visualization tweaks, new notification widgets as well as the ability to change Android colors from the default blue to a custom color.
Android 4.3 is still pretty new, with only Nexus devices already running on it and other devices including Sprint’s HTC One already for the upgrade. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to overshadow 4.3 Jelly Bean if it is released on the 14th of this month as rumored. AusDroid had reported that Google would launch Android 4.4 KitKat alongside Nexus 5 on October 14th but new developments say Google will launch Nexus 5 on November 30th alongside a new Nexus 10 tablet, so we cannot tell whether KitKat will still come on 14th this month or with the new Nexus devices late next month.
Some manufacturers may have confirmed an October release – case on point being LG France which has confirmed its Optimus G will get the Android 4.4 KitKat update later this month.
We expect manufacturers to embrace this version of Android better and faster, so let’s get acquainted with it.
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