Android 4.4 KitKat Update Key Features
Android 4.4 KitKat is around the corner and several devices are already scheduled to get the most waited update. The official release date for the latest Android version is set for October 14th and Google decided to double up the event by also releasing the latest Nexus 5, which is going to be the first device that will be powered by Android KitKat. We all know the campaign Google made in collaboration with KitKat and this is the first time when Google runs up an Android version named by a well known product, and we found out that KitKat was not a coincidence, because Google’s Android software is following a certain pattern when it comes to naming their versions.
It all started with Android version 1.5, named Cupcake and since then seven more versions of Android OS were released without counting the last one which is expected to be released. Besides the fact that every single version carries a sweet name, the actual initial of the chosen name follows an alphabetic order, starting from “C” and ending with “K”, at least for now. If you rewind back a little you could see that the first rumors about the latest Android 4.4 version carried the name of “Key Lime Pie”, until it was officially announced as KitKat. Below you can see the patter I was talking about:
- Cupcake 1.5
- Donut 1.6
- Eclair 2.0
- Froyo 2.2
- Gingerbread 2.3
- Honeycomb 3.0
- Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0
- Jelly Bean 4.1
- KitKat 4.4
Now let’s see what Android 4.4 KitKat is about and how it’s going to improve Android OS line-up.
More attractive User Interface
Since its launch, back in 2004, Android has constantly changes the UI and managed to attract users trough simplicity, ergonomic and adaptability. I don’t even have to mention how poor the first version of Android was and what a major difference is by comparing it to what it became today. And Android success is not based only on numbers, but also on how competition reacts on Android changes. The best example is iOS 7 who started to look more like Android OS, confirming Android’s success and making it a reliable mobile OS. It all started in 2010 when Matias Duarte came from Palm to Android and made Android OS be what it is today.
As for Android 4.4 KitKat, it is expected to provide a new color scheme, with improved notifications system and some general UI enhancements. And we’re talking about stock Android 4.4 because once they release it to mobile manufacturers, they are going to modify it with their own UI. Well, this can’t be such a bad action as some of them actually improve software performances and are helping the OS to provide a better experience, even if we’re sure that as standalone software, KitKat is already offering that.
Exclusive Cloud storage
Cloud storage was probably the best thing ever created for making information more accessible without any risk of losing data, and the fact that almost everybody uses it in these days confirms its status. We have plenty of examples why Cloud storage is so successful and to get a better picture of its scale, here are some apps which are based on Cloud system: Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box even websites are using this kind of information transfer in order to improve WebPages delivery speed.
Android 4.4 is following this pattern and we can expect to see a more close relation between data storage of the files and the cloud system technology for back-ups, in the same way that Apple uses iCloud for such things. The first step was already done by previous version of Android which allows users to back-up their photos through their Google+ profile and there is no reason why Google would stop at photos. We are waiting to see how much Google improved the Cloud technology for Android and if this could be the key feature of KitKat.
Better Hardware support
With many Android based devices released over the past few years and the continuously development of Android software, an incompatibility situation was created. Basically older smartphones couldn’t get any more software updates because of the increased hardware demands needed for the software to run properly. And most devices got stuck at Android 2.3 Gingerbread with no perspective of ever evolving to newer software.
With the future release OS from Google, things might change radically because rumors are claiming that Google is going to make important changes on how OS software is going to handle with older software, meaning that older devices that couldn’t get any more updates will jump directly to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Now as good as this sounds, it’s not only Google who gets to decide if a certain line-up will get an update or not, as carriers and manufacturers are the ones who will get their final word upon this issue. And even if Google is going to lower the requirements for Android update, it is in the manufacturer / carrier interest to block it and forcing the customers to buy new software if they want to enjoy the latest Android OS.
Improved Security and less bugs
This is one aspect which concern many Android users. Google Play is the place where you can get many useful apps but also malicious software, and Google seemed outrun by this situation. For Android KitKat, Google might get a step closer to what iOS have accomplished on their iTunes Apple Store, and if we add the report App option, it is clearly that Google is working on making their Play Store a safer place.
As for the bug issues, KitKat will eradicate any previous bugs reported for Jelly Bean, making Android 4.4. the most stable Android OS.
Smoother Screen Orientation
This is not big deal after all, but believe it or not, this minor screen orientation issue can influence wheatear or not an OS is tagged as a good or bad one. Until now, some users claimed that when they turned their Android based devices from portrait to landscape mode and vice versa, the transition was laggy and created the impression of struggling to perform the action.
The screen orientation issue was reported a long time ago, and Google didn’t come up with a solution until now, but starting KitKat update, this issue is going to be history. We salute this improvement and we hope that starting with KitKat, every device is going to offer a better user experience for every device.
Better battery life
Since day one, Android gained the bad reputation of battery-hungry OS, and Google was always promoting their new Android OS with the promise of cutting battery usage, but nothing really happened. In fact, now could be the lucky shot for Google as they have changed the way Android OS is using the power supply, by lowing the hardware demands and taking advantage of multi core CPU.
Now we are looking forward to check out all improvements included in the Android 4.4 KitKat and how is it going to behave on devices. Tell us what improvements you wish to see on Android 4.4 KitKat.