Yesterday Google released their highly anticipated Nexus 5 along with a new version of
Android, Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Despite being only an
incremental update, it brought a large number of useful improvements to
the OS. Today in this post I would like to list a few of my
My number one favorite feature is one that most users won’t notice,
but it is probably the most important one of them all and that’s
memory optimization or, as Google calls it, “project svelte”.
Normally with every update to Android its fragmentation grew
thanks to the large amount of low-range android phones. Now, thanks
to all the memory optimizations that have been implemented, the system requirements are much lower allowing for older
low-end devices to receive the latest version and therefore
decrease fragmentation. At this
point the only things preventing the elimination of Android fragmentation for
good are the phone carriers, because it is the phone companies that
determine when most devices get updated.
Another great feature Google has introduced is the new dialer app. It
presents a really cool way of calling people who are not in your
contacts’ list. Now when you launch the dialer you will be presented
with your most frequently called contacts at the top, along with a
search bar in which you will be able to search for names of
specific businesses or even just search for things such as “pizza”
or “Chinese” and it will come up with restaurants that sell that
specific food in your area. Kit Kat has a smarter Caller
ID too. Now, when a certain business in your area calls you, Android will
be able to recognize that the number is of a business and will
display the name of that business along with a relevant image.
Also Google is getting rid of the messaging app and replacing it with
hangouts where you will also be able to send SMS messages.
Now from apps like Quickoffice, you can open and save
files on Google Drive, other cloud storage services, or your device
so there’s more integration with cloud services.
Well, these are only some of my favorite features in Kit Kat. If you want to see all the
major features along with brief descriptions of each of them you
can visit Google’s Android Kit Kat page here.