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Take a bite of Google’s KitKat

Google recently introduced the next version of its most popular mobile OS, Android 4.4 named after one of the favourite chocolates around the world ‘KitKat.’ It was introduced along with Nexus 5, an addition to Google’s popular range of Nexus Smartphones. Though a jump from Android 4.3 to 4.4 seems minor with respect to numbers, it packs a host of new improvements and features that brings delight to the overall Android experience.


Here’s what the KitKat offers:

Enhanced Google search: One of the very first things to notice in KitKat is that the Google search has been improved and it is easily accessible now. A swipe from the left of the screen brings the ‘Google Now’ search. Or, from home screen just say ‘OK, Google’ to access Google search.

Faster multi-tasking: Android is more fun now as even the mid-range smartphones can enjoy the flavour of KitKat. Finally, Google found the knack of optimising the memory effectively to run Android 4.4 smoothly even in devices having lower hardware specifications. System performance has been greatly improved making the Android experience even sweeter with the new KitKat.

UI enhancements: The Android UI has been completely revamped in the new KitKat. The status bar in the home screen is now transparent rather than the black bar in Jelly Bean, which turns out to be a visual delight. The icons are now bigger, sharper and there are number of subtle changes that are made, which ultimately has resulted in a clean and rich user interface. KitKat also features a new ‘Immersion mode,’ which hides the status bar and the navigation buttons to give an immersive full screen effect.

New enhancements: Google’s new phone app manages and prioritises the contacts more efficiently. If a call is received from an unknown number, it tries to match the number with the nearby places and local businesses and if it matches the same info is displayed. Hangout is now the default messaging app. Other features include cloud printing, easier online file access from Quickoffice, Bluetooth MAP support, Chromecast support, HDR+ photography, Infrared blasting, low power audio payback.

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