The goal of Android 4.4 KitKat is stated as “to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to be announced by the end of October along with pure blood Nexus 5. The hype cycle is on full swing these days with daily leaks and rumors from different tipsters.
KitKat will be the first new named version of Android in more than a year since Jelly Bean 4.1 was introduced at in the spring of 2012. Previous two update versions 4.2 and 4.3 have both been rolled up in the Jelly Bean moniker. These two versions were nothing to be extremely excited about. They brought us better stability and some minor changes. Now that Google is almost ready to unveil the “K” desert version of Android everyone is expecting a lot. Here are few of the improvements we expect to see with the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat
Better Looking UI
With the release of iOS7, Apple make it look more like Android than ever before, which speaks volumes about how attractive Google’s software is these days. With Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, Google has turned Android into one of the best-looking operating systems available and this is because of the efforts of Matias Duarte, who joined the company in 2010 after working at Palm.
There are rumors of changed color scheme, improved notifications and other general UI enhancements. It means that Stock Android is going to look better than ever with 4.4.
Wider Hardware Support
If rumor is to be believed, Google is going to deal with the Android Fragmentation problem with the release of latest version. Android 4.4, which is rumored to have lower specification demands can therefore be installed on older phones and tablets. It’s even been said that devices that missed out on 4.0 and beyond will be able to download 4.4 – but take it wait a pinch of salt.
Better Battery Life
This one feature, that seems to be promised every time, may get delivered with the release of Android 4.4 as it is supposed to make better use of multi-core CPUs and is apparently lightweight on the hardware. That will mean better battery stamina, although this could vary depending on device. One thing’s for certain: Google is working to make Android more efficient and less power-hungry, which has been one of the biggest criticism since day one.
More Project Butter
With the launch of Android 4.1, Google set the default frame rate at 60 fps for UI transitions, known as project butter. It brought the smoothness in UI fixing lag issues. With the launch of Android 4.4 and in the era of much more capable hardware devices Google is believed to take a step forward in the direction of Project Butter to make it more slick & responsive.
Android has a bad reputation when it comes to general security, with many critics citing the prevalence of malevolent apps on the Google Play as a serious cause for concern. Google is clearly aware of this and has recently made it easier to report malicious downloads, but it’s clear that the OS still lags behind the iPhone when it comes to keeping things locked down.
OK Google Now
If you saw the “always listening” feature on the Moto X this summer and wondered if it would be coming to all Android devices soon. May be this wish will be granted by Google with the launch of latest android version. With this feature you don’t need to pick up your device to do various tasks – you just need to say “OK Google Now” and the device will listen to your commands. This killing feature will set Android apart from its competition.
Only Time will tell what we are going to get, but just thinking about it is making us hungry.