Here’s the latest official information on what’s new in the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat.
The first and may be the most important thing is the fragmentation, this is a major Android problem since the OS was released back in the years and it affects mainly the low-end devices. That’s the reason why they are not supported by the latest OS versions. Google is trying to change that with the Android KitKat release as it will have low system requirements, also there’s new stuff and for the developers, this will help them to make the software running on a low-end devices.
Android KitKat is extremely memory optimized, it’ll be running on a devices with even 512MB of RAM without any lack of performance. Of course, there’s no information yet about which budget devices will be officially updated to Android 4.4 as it depends on the manufactures too.
The reduced hardware requirements makes the new KitKat version perfect for smartwatches and glasses. According to the source, Android 4.4 KitKat will feature a step detection, step counters and geomagnetic rotation vector support (Google will release their own smartwatch?!).
There’s another interesting information, the platform is capable to emulate all the security information like credit cards, transport cards, entry passes, etc. Eliminating the hardware security will make the Google Wallet service more popular.
Google is also trying to transform the Android devices into universal remote controllers (for TV’s, tuners, audio systems, etc.), of course there’s nothing new but the good old IR (infra red) technology. What KitKat will bring, is the built-in support for remote controllers (there’s no need to install any software).
Android 4.4 KitKat also will enhance the Bluetooth connectivity, it now supports more devices like joysticks, keyboards, car systems and more, thanks to the new functions – Bluetooth HID over GATT and Bluetooth Message Access Profile.
Here’s one of the first hands-on Nexus 5 video reviews, check out what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat 🙂 .