Android 4.4 is finally here, and it’s time to discover what sets it apart from its predecessor, Android Jelly Bean. For those who might be wondering what happened to Key Lime Pie, Google announced that the latest version of Android will be called KitKat since not so many people had an idea about how the American desert tasted.
Pushing that aside, there are plenty of features in the Android 4.4 that will convince you that there have been a lot of improvements to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Not only has there been an improvement in the user interface of this version of android, but performance has also been taken into consideration, such that even some selected smartphones such as the HTC Hero will be capable of running Android 4.4
Contrary to what we’ve been seeing in the past android versions, Android 4.4 will be able to run smoothly on a handset with just 512MB of RAM.
Apart from that, this mobile platform now allows you to use all the display of your smartphone when using apps or even games. The notification bar and the battery icon won’t interfere with your activity whenever you’re interacting with your apps. Thus, your display will tend to be more immersive and free from distractions.
Additionally, there’s no more restriction to the number of home screen panels you can have. Since there is no option of creating folders in the app launcher, KitKat now allows you to fill your home screen panels with as many apps as your storage allows.
Android 4.4 also offers support for an integrated pedometer. The Nexus 5, for instance, has sensors that support pedometer functions, and Android 4.4 is the missing link which enables this hardware for applications like Move.
Besides allowing you to count the number of steps you make, thanks to Android 4.4’s support for an integrated pedometer, now you have the ability to not only take screenshots with your android phone, but to record screen activity as well.
A built-in support for IR blasters means that your android device will end up controlling many of the devices found on your home such as stereo devices and HDTVs.
Other improved features include: better battery life, smoother screen orientation changes, and a wider hardware support. All in all, there’s really no better way of getting a feel of these features except getting a smartphone that accepts the Android 4.4 upgrade.