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There have been rumors about Android 4.4 KitKat launch everyday. We know its coming but there is nothing official yet. There have been several reports about KitKat’s likely features based on leaked screenshots and leaked photos of the Nexus 5 smartphone. But according to “jessicalessin” they have got access to a confidential file that Google shared with the manufacturers to explain the most important new features.

Less Fragmentation

According to the report Google is working hard to deal with the issue of Fragmentation with KitKat. The Android fragmentation makes it difficult for app developers to run the latest versions of their apps across all Android devices. Most of the low end phones are still running on older version of Android. According to the leaked document Android KitKat will work well on low end phones along with flagships.

Android 4.4 KitKat will also be compatible with the already sold low end devices

KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and provides “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices,” such as those that have 512 megabytes of memory, according to the document.

The question remain about whether the wireless carriers will do a good job of pushing software upgrades to existing Android devices that already have been sold?

Future of Wearable

According to recent rumors, after Google Glass, the company is working on SmartWatch.

Support for new range of sensors

According to the leaked document, Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to support three new types of sensors: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. Which could be Android’s way of answering Apple’s inclusion of a dedicated motion processor in its latest iPhone. It will boost the features of forthcoming Google’s Smart Watch and Glass devices. The fitness tracking apps will also get a boost with inclusion of these sensors.

Another Push for NFC

Google is apparently still working on making NFC a bigger deal, and has also worked internally on improving smartphones’ skills controlling your TV and other devices. Till now developers have not been able to fully utilize the potential of NFC. With Android 4.4 KitKat developers will be able to emulate your credit cards without storing your credentials in secure element.

Universal Remote

Google wants your Android device to be a remote control. The next version of Android lets developers build apps that control TVs, tuners, switches and other devices by sending infrared signals.

One standard for all Android devices

But Google’s approach will be different.  Rather than the fragmented approach brought by phone makers including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC Google will try to unify the process of how Android communicate with IR. These companies write different apps to tell their devices to deal with the IR. Now there will be common standard of Android communication with the IR sensor.

Bluetooth Boost

Bluetooth is also rumored to see significant improvements, with Bluetooth HID over GATT and Message Access Profile increasing what Android-running hardware can talk with. Now Android will be able to communicate with Joy Sticks, Keyboards, Entertainment Systems and much more.

We’ll hopefully see these features in the upcoming Nexus 5.


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