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After several restless weeks of waiting, search engine giant Google has reportedly begun rolling out the new Android KitKat update to the 2012 flagship smartphone LG Nexus 4. The new update is reported to include a few additional bugfixes introduced with the original KitKat build.
Being an affiliate of Google, all nexus devices have the privilege of being the first to receive the latest firmware updates among all Android devices. Staying true to that, today 238 MB Android 4.4 KitKat OS has been made available to the LG Nexus 4 via OTA (Over-The-Air). Seems like Google has taken the extra time to eliminate a maximum number of bugs before releasing the latest Android version to their former flagship.
The process is executed in phases, hence Nexus 4 as well as Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 models) and Nexus 10 tablet owners in some regions may receive the update in coming days. Surprisingly Android 4.4 KitKat OS has also been pushed out to Google owned Motorola phone Moto X in US.
So did you get the notification? If not don’t be sad update is on the way.
There have been previous leaks about Google’s second-generation Nexus 10, but new reports are now suggesting that the 10-inch tablet could go on sale as early as next week.
According to reports the tablet is expected to roll out on the 21st of November. The launch has been delayed actually because of the Play Store. Google wants to optimize the Play Store to make all the tablet-optimized apps easier to browse before launching the Nexus 10 2.
The developers are already been notified to segregate their apps between tablets and smartphones. Finally Google is paying attention to lack of tablet optimized apps for Android by motivating developers.
The 10 inch tabled will boast an eye popping Gorilla Glass 3 display with 2560x1600p resolution. The device will also run on a quad core Snapdragon 800 chip processor with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU which sees it as a powerful device. The Nexus 10 2 will have an internal memory of 32GB and of course, the new Android 4.4 operating system. This device is also expected to have an 8 MP Primary Camera with 2.1 MP Front Facing Camera.
Anxious Indian Android fans wanting to get their hands on the Google’s Nexus 5 may not have to wait for too long. The preorder page is live on both Flipkart and Snapdeal. Snapdeal claims that the device will be seen in the fourth week of November. Google has already put it up on its Play Store under ‘Coming soon’ and priced it at Rs 28,999 for 16GB and Rs 32,999 for 32GB variants.
Nexus 5 has been loved by the critics, with many pegging the device as the best smartphone for the price. Nexus 5 comes with a 4.95-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. The device packs Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. Its also the first one to come with the latest iteration of Android, version 4.4 KitKat. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with OIS, and comes with connectivity options like Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0.
For those interested in buying this phone, Snapdeal is offering this phone on easy EMI schemes, and is also giving cash on delivery option. This phone will be available unlocked in India.
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Update: Finally, you can buy the official Nexus 5 and the new Nexus 7 with FullHD screen in India. The two devices are now available on Google’s Play store for Indian consumers.
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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.