While the Nexus 5 was like an open book to us way before the official announcement, Android 4.4 KitKat was a very well kept secret and we are glad to announce you that there are way more feature than the ones you’ve seen in the leaks that went live over the past couple of weeks. Let’s have a look at the Android 4.4 features as officially introduced by Google.
First of all I must mention that the Mountain View-based giant announced that they’ve “slimmed down Android’s memory footprint,” which enables Android 4.4 KitKat to “run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world.” As you’ve probably guessed already this means that we will see more low-end Android smartphones running KitKat 4.4 soon, which is in fact pretty cool.
Besides the changed iconography we’ve already seen in today’s leaked Android 4.4 screenshots, just like the rumors suggested KitKat will bring always-on voice commands. When you are in Google Now or on your home screen you can launch Google Search by saying “Ok Google.” Well, unfortunately, the KitKat Voice Commands aren’t working when the smartphone is locked like Moto X Touchless Control and, for the time being, they are available only for the Nexus 5.
I found it pretty cool that in Android 4.4 KitKat when you are listening to music or streaming to Chromecast, the album or movie art stretches to full and even gives you on-screen controls (play, pause, or seek). Android 4.4 KitKat also brings a so-called Immersive Mode which does nothing more than making your games, videos, or books full screen, allowing you to bring back the status and navigation bars with a swipe gesture.
The Phone app was also enhanced, now showing you the contacts “based on the people you talk to the most.” Another call-related feature is the new smart caller ID which looks for matches from local business in Google Maps and shows you who is calling in case you don’t have the number in your contacts.
Just like it was previously reported, all the SMS, MMS, and Hangouts conversations will be handled by a single app, namely the Hangous app. Oh, you’ll also get emoji on Google Keyboard.
In Android 4.4 KitKate you can also print documents using Google Cloud Print and you can open and save files on Google Drive, other cloud storage services, or your device from apps like QuickOffice.
There are a lot of other improvements and new features in Android 4.4 KitKat so here are some more: Bluetooth MAP support, Chromecast support, Chrome web view, closed captioning, Device management built-in, Downloads app redesign, easy home screen switching, email app refresh, full-screen wallpapers with preview, infrared blasting as default, low-power audio playback, secure app sandboxes, touchscreen improvements, and many other such goodies.
If you want to learn more about the new Android iteration you can visit the official KitKat 4.4 web page and for an even deeper insight you should head to the KitKat section of Android Developers website.