Android 4.4 KitKat Operating System Has Smart New Features

Last week Google and LG unveiled the Nexus 5 smartphone in a Google blog that also announced the arrival of Android 4.4 kitkat. The kitkat name is probably getting more attention than the operating system’s new features which is a shame given the advances that have been made with the latest version of the android software.

In the blog Android chief Sundar Pichai said that Android Kitkat makes “the experience much more engaging: the book you're reading, the game you're playing, or the movie you're watching—now all of these take centre stage with the new immersive mode.”

The “immersive mode” gives a clearer eBook as it “automatically hides everything except what you really want to see.” When you want to use another application you just “swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons.”

Faster multitasking is another advantage of Kitkat. The system optimises the machine’s memory and improves the touchscreen responsiveness, which now “responds faster and more accurately than ever before.” Listening to music while browsing or playing a game will now be a breeze. The faster multitasking goes hand in hand with easier file access. “The new storage access framework makes it simple for users to browse and open documents, images, and other files across all of their preferred document storage providers.”

Printing from a mobile device might strike you as a bit odd but getting a hard copy of a document can be important in time and with other mobile devices you might be forced to forward it to a PC before printing. If you’re printer’s connected to Google Cloud or to a HP ePrint printer, you’ll be able to use Kitkat to print.

Google has done a good job of smoothing out the UI so they are promising a more visual experience with album and movie art improved. They’ve upgraded the phone dialler too so Caller ID can now pinpoint the location of unknown callers using Google Maps. Priority contacts helps keep your unwieldy contact list in check as “You can also search for nearby places and businesses, your contacts, or people in your Google Apps domain,” and most users will be glad to know that their SMS, MMS and other messages on phones like the Nexus 5 are centrally stored under the Hangouts feature that “can even share your location and send animated GIFs.”

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