Google gives Android addicts a piece of KitKat, after nearly one month of teasing. This took place alongside the release of the LG Nexus 5. Android 4.4, brings with it, a lot of significant changes in the OS, by bridging the gap between phone apps and Google Services. Importantly, the newest version of the OS is well optimized to run on low to mid-range handsets. It is quite ironic that there is no confirmed update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Moving on, the OS can run on any Android device which crosses 512 MB RAM.
Semitransparent Notification and Status Bars
Google freed the OS of two black strips sandwiching the display area. Now, enjoy your wallpapers Full screen with nothing bothering you. Also, get rid of your bars when using an app in Full screen mode. More precisely called the Full screen Immersive mode.
Icons get a bit of reshaping too, they look cleaner than ever before.
A Revamped Dialer
To make your Dialer the ultimate database, Android 4.4 integrates Yellow Pages into your dialer app. Never search for contacts again.
Upgraded Google Now and Voice Search
This is probably, one of the most marketed features of the OS. Google Now is just a swipe away from your homescreen. In addition to this, Google Now gives you results from apps and the web. In other words, Google Now searches your apps too for relevant content. Google boasts that the voice search comes with 25 percent lesser errors, that’s good news.
The cool hands free feature from Moto X finally arrives, wake and search by saying “Ok Google”.
New API for IR blasters
This will allow mobile manufacturers to integrate the OS easier into the devices that control TVs and other household appliances.
Recording your screen while making an app or game video shouldn’t be a problem any more.
It works natively for all RenderScript apps on the Nexus devices.
Now get more hours of audio playback on your headset, nearly 60 hours on the Nexus 5, with this feature. Currently, it is only on the Nexus 5, but is being worked upon for the other Nexus devices too.
Hangouts, the default messaging app
The messaging app is now replaced by Google Hangouts, which had a few under the hood changes to serve its purpose as an efficient messaging app. You can still install third party messaging apps if you please.
The Nexus 4 , Nexus 10 and the Nexus 7 will be the first in line to receive the update, followed by the Google editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.