Well, it was already an open secret that the Mountain View giant would be releasing the new version of Android in November, but nobody would have even thought that it would be out on the very first day of the month. We do not know whether it is a planned thing or just a coincidence but we did not expect the KitKat gift on a day like Halloween! Google has made it pretty clear that the new version of the OS, Android 4.4 KitKat, will come pre-installed with the new Nexus 5.
With Nexus 5 available for immediate purchase, Android 4.4 KitKat will then roll out to all compatible Nexus device in the coming weeks. According to Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President of Android, the KitKat update will start rolling out first to the following Nexus device:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 7
- Nexus 10
And then it will come to the following Samsung and HTC devices:
- Google Edition Galaxy S4
- Google Edition HTC One
Of course, there are a plethora of device that deserves a KitKat treat but the roadmap of the update for them are subject to their respective manufacturers. There is a piece of sad news for the users of Google’s older Nexus phones like Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S because the official Android 4.4 wouldn’t make its way to them.
Android 4.4 KitKat Features:
As for the major features of the latest version of Android, we have made a small list below:
- Saying “Ok Google” from home screen to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or play a song
- Full-screen album and movie art on lockscreen while playing music
- The new “immersive mode” lets you enjoy books, games, and movies in full screen without the status and navigation bar
- Faster multitasking, better touch response, and more free RAM
- The new phone app that lets you smartly search your contacts and prioritize the contacts you talk to the most
- The new Hangouts app will show all SMS and MMS related to individual contacts at the same place
- Google Keyboard now offers an Emoji key that gives you access to emoticons and symbols anywhere
- New redesigned QuickOffice app
- Built-in Android Device Manager to remotely locate, ring, lock or wipe your lost or stolen device
- Chromecast support
- Many others
We will be covering up all new details when they are available or we get our hands on the shiny Nexus 5. Till then keep yourself entertained with the following official video.