Based on a Linux kernel system, like previous generations of the touch screen operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest in a series of products designed to improve smartphone and tablet use.
The Google backed open source Android system is one of the big competitors to Apple’s operating system. Android 4.4. KitKat has been rolling out onto various devices from mid November including Nexus 4 and cellular enabled Nexus 7 products.
In addition, Google has announced that HTC One should receive an update by the end of January, with Motorola droid handsets being in the mix, too. Owners of the popular Galaxy Nexus S smartphone will have to stick with version 4.3, however.
This update is a major turn around for what is the world’s most widely used operating system, since Google had previously only seemed to be updating Jelly Bean. KitKat incorporates plenty of updates and enhancement such as support for hidden systems and status bars for your android tablets.
There is also printer support and a lower memory usage which provides great gaming experience, while smartphones and Android tablets will also see a number of other user improvements that go well beyond gaming applications, such as a new dialer, a Google branded home screen and other user interface refinements which make it simply easier to navigate.
The lower memory usage employed by the new version of KitKat is especially noteworthy because the makers hope that this will kill off older versions of Android – the likes of Gingerbread and so on. The system requirements for Android have been raised in recent years and that is why you often see low specified handsets being sent to the market with older generations of the operating system.
One of the first things new customers will notice when they boot up KitKat 4.4 is the new launcher. KitKat no longer relies on a standalone launcher and runs the Google Search application instead. Widgets are now hidden but can be accessed with a simple longer press.
Just press down in any location on the home screen and they appear. There is also zoom out screen which gives access to all settings, like widgets and wallpapers. Wallpapers are vastly improved in KitKat 4.4 and here you see the big difference with Jelly Bean. The old Jelly Bean wallpaper cropping function, for example, showed users multiple levels of boxes in an attempt to comprehensively display how the cropping will look.
Now, you can simply drag your wallpaper to fit and pinch zoom – perfect.