Google details Android 4.4 KitKat, its latest mobile upgrade

It can’t be a mishap Google decided to launch Android 4.4 KitKat on Halloween. Nestle had to contribute to that one.

Regardless of the cross-promotional appeal, Google has actually outlined the mobile OS upgrade it initially announced in September. It’s readily available out-of-the-box on the Nexus 5 smartphone, a gadget that finally revealed its face today.

Users of other devices, specifically the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One Google Play edition, will certainly get access to Android KitKat ‘in the coming weeks,’ according to Google.

The Nexus 5, meanwhile, is up for order right now at the Google Play Establishment and will be offered through Carphone Warehouse, Sprint, T-Mobile, Amazon, Best Buy and RadioShack soon.

Tricks and treats

Android 4.4 is a small upgrade over Android 4.3, though it marks a departure from the Jelly Bean name of old.

Android OK Google KitKatGoogle today called it ‘a smarter, more immersive Android experience’ that’ll reach ‘much more individuals.’

Among the modifications with the new OS are a cleaner look and less cluttered feel, including a new immersive mode that conceals all functions except exactly what you are doing, whether that’s checking out a book, playing a game or enjoying a movie.

The phone app has actually also been revamped to make it easier to look for contacts throughout apps and services. The new phone app will certainly prioritize contacts based on who you talk with the most. In an awesome little trick, the caller ID function will certainly now look for matches to companies with a regional listing when users get a call from a number not conserved to their contacts.

And just like we heard previously, SMS and MMS messages have actually been rolled into the Hangouts app.

Other changes consist of full-screen cd art during music playback, faster multi-tasking (thank goodness), and new voice command choices.

That brand-new voice command lets users just state ‘OK Google’ to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a tune. The command will certainly work when a users on the house screen or making use of Google Now.

KitKat keeps coming

There are more functions Google doesn’t highlight front and center on its official Android 4.4 page, including enhancements to and expansions of NFC, Bluetooth and IR support.

Android gadgets on KitKat can be made use of as Infrared push-button controls, and NFC can be accessed on any carrier, given that it no longer needs to gain access to gadgets’ secure elements.

There are other minor improvements, like audio scrubbing from the home screen, modifications to the email and download apps, closed captioning and Chromecast support, not to mention Nexus 5-specific enhancements like HDR+ photography and faster touch responsiveness.

As expected, there’s a functions called Google Cloud Print which lets users print images, files and websites from their phone or tablet.

Android KitKat phone app

KitKat for everyone!

Google has actually likewise gone to lengths to ensure Android 4.4 will certainly work well with low-end gadgets, including those with less memory.

‘Building a platform that makes smart phones easily accessible for everyone has actually always been at the heart of Android,’ composed Google’s Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome & Apps Sundar Pichai in today’s statement.

With KitKat, the business has actually decreased the OS’ total memory footprint, in addition to the memory utilized by Google services like Chrome and YouTube.

Pichai wrote that Android 4.4 can ‘run conveniently’ on devices with just 512MB of RAM, making it a simple upgrade for the spending plan handsets of the world.

Android 4.4 KitKat is right here – now go celebrate Halloween and get some treats!