Google after months of speculations have finally unveiled their much awaited Android 4.4, KitKat a little while back. Here’s a quick look at some of the new awesome features that come bundled with the OS.
Android 4.4, KitKat Features at a Glance
- Use “OK Google” on the home-screen and within Google Now to start a Google search
- Art-work on your lock-screen when listening to music or using Chromecast to play a movie on your TV.
- New “Immersive Mode” – swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons
- New phone app sorts contacts by people you talk to the most, and lets you search for businesses and places right in the dialer.
- Caller ID for unknown numbers (mainly to identify local businesses)
- New Hangouts app with SMS, all in the same place
- Emojis now available in the stock keyboard app
- Android 4.4 KITKAT is designed to run on many devices, even entry-level ones with as little as 512MB of RAM.
- New NFC Capabilities through “Host Card Emulation”
- A built-in printing framework
- An improved storage access framework
- Support for more low-powered sensors, step detection and step counting
- A new shared SMS provider to allow easier third-party SMS support
- Native full-screen support for apps (Developer option)
- A new transitions framework for animated beauty
- Tranlucent system UI styling
- Enhanced notification options for more info and cleaner presentation
- Chromium WebView completely based on Chromium HTML5.
- Screen recording capabilities
- HTTP live streaming support
- Audio tunneling to chipset’s DSP for improved battery life and less CPU hogging
- Audio monitoring API
- “Loudness Enhancer”
- Miracast Certified
- Improved performance through new RenderScript GPU acceleration without code changes (including NDK support)
- SurfaceFlinger OpenGL ES library upgraded to version 2.0 for better performance
- Built-in support for IR Blaster
What do you think about Android’s latest entry? Do share in your thoughts and let us know as soon as you guys start getting it on your devices. In the mean time do stick around for updates on availability and future release dates on other devices.