With the release of the new Google Nexus 5, a smartphone with remarkable features, we were able to meet for the first time the Android 4.4 KitKat. The new operating system developed by Google should look better and move faster on all devices, even on older smartphones. This is Google’s attempt to turn the operating ecosystem into a premium solution for all types of terminals.
As expected, Android 4.4 KitKat was released Thursday evening with LG Nexus 5 smartphone that features a 4.95 full-HD IPS display and a lot of power under “the hood”: 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8.0-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera.
This time, folks at Google have an ambitious goal: they want that the new operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat, to reach one billion devices before the end of the year. This is possible, since the new OS works also on older devices. Before seeing the actual review videos, I want to let you know that the update will bring a lot of improvements, but there are no radical changes. You will see only minor details changed.
Journalists from CNet and TheVerge have played around with the new Google Nexus 5 that runs the long awaited Android 4.4 KitKat, giving us the much waited insight into the new OS. The new operating system looks better than before, but as I said, the change of design is not so drastic as that felt by iOS users. Google knows that it has a huge market with cheap devices, average users and business users and the new OS brings improvements for all three categories of users.
The most obvious Android improvements are the design changes. From the first contact with the new KitKat you can observe the fresh design that’s simpler than before, the larger application icons and the new the notification bar that completely disappears when an app is running.
Other important changes includes the HDR+ camera mode that reduces noise and increases image quality by bonding multiple photos, the audio tunneling feature, the IR Blasters. The new operating system uses fewer resources in order to be suitable for cheaper devices with at least 512 MB of RAM. For example, Chrome uses 16% fewer resources than the Jelly Bean OS.
People inside Google camp say that the new Android 4.4 will have great performances on older smartphones and I can’t wait to test it on my new HTC One V. According to a just released announcement from HTC, users with HTC One smartphones will be able to install the new OS in 90 days.