Android’s long awaited update, 4.4 KitKat, was finally released yesterday. After all the months of built-up, people expect a lot from it, and KitKat is undeniably a huge update, and well-worth a name change. Aside from the change of color in the status-bar (from blue to translucent with white), their aren’t too many visual changes to 4.4 Kitkat, so if you are worried that the update will make your phone look completely different, you can rest assure. Most of the changes in the newest Android version are new features.
Check out some cool new features update below:
The newest version of Google Hangout allows you to combine all your messages: SMS and Instant Message conversations can now all be in the same place, and soon MMS will also be available to combine. The new Hangouts also let you share your location and post animated GIFs.
Multitasking is now easier than ever with Android 4.4 Kitkat: the touchscreen performance and the memory are greatly improved, and everything is supposed to respond faster now. This way you are able to easily do many things at once: message your friends and listen to music at the same time.
The emoticon keyboard, Emoji, can now be used everywhere on your phone where there is a keyboard, and not just in chats anymore. You can use it in emails and in notes as well.
Another great feature: if you get a call from someone who is not a contact, your caller ID will look up local listings and business on Google Maps, to see if they can make a match. This way you will know who is calling.
If you are listening to music or watching movies via Chromecast, while your phone is on the lockscreen, art work and music albums will be displayed. You will also have the option to go back to any specific moment and save it, if you like a particular art work.
This version of Android allows you to hide the status bar, so that reading eBooks and looking at pictures is a better experience. The top notification bar of Android 4.4 KitKat is transparent, so that you can see your screen any time, and the view becomes bigger overall.
Android KitKat 4.4 Hands On Video
Video Credit: Droid-Life
Android 4.4 KitKat seems to have been worth the long wait, and it is most likely going to be a popular update.