Android 4.4 KitKat Top Features

Android Kitkat is backward compatible with over 1 billion older devices. Another interesting thing about KitKat is that it requires less memory. You can run KitKat on a device with memory as low as 512 MB.

Google Android head Sundar Pichai said that the goal for 2014 is to “reach the next billion people.”  In emerging countries like Brazil, India, Russia, Indonesia, and Mexico, Android’s business is tripling every year.  In some of those countries, several manufacturers have been selling Android phones that are powered by the two-years-old Android Gingerbread (version 2.3) operating system. Android KitKat is intended to prevent older software from being sold in those emerging countries.

 

Here are Top Ten KitKat features :

 

1. Ok Google

Now you no longer need to touch the screen to get directions or play music. Just say “Ok Google” when you are either on the home screen or running Google Now. Then say the any command you want your Android to perform.

 

2. Full-Screen Album And Movie Art Combined With Controls

Now you will see full-screen and album art appear while projecting movies to Google Chromeast or playing music on your device. You can also control the player from the lock screen itself.

 

3.  Immersive Display

Did you hate the status bar and the navigation buttons stick to your screen while you were reading an e-book or watching a movie, just like me and wished that they hide ? Google has listened and they have added a feature that will hide them automatically until you swipe the edge to bring them back.

 

4. Contact Prioritization

We all have contacts whom we call more often. Android KitKat now prioritises your contacts so that you don’t have to search them every time you wish to call them.

 

5. Enhanced Caller ID

Next time you receive a call from an unrecognised number, Android KitKat will attempt to retrieve the Caller ID information from local listings within Google maps.

 

6. Message Consolidation

Android KitKat has consolidated SMS , MMS, video calls and Google Hangouts chat messages all in one place. The Android KitKat Messages app also supports location-sharing and animated GIFs through Google Hangouts.

 

7. Emojis

Emojis has been added by Google into KitKat’s keyboard. With Emoji, can enhance the context of your messages by placing smileys, cars, animals, and other interesting icons with this feature.

 

8. Cloud Printing Support

Android KitKat will also support Cloud Printing, a necessity of future. You can now print almost anything from your KitKat device. To use this feature, you must connect your printer to Google Cloud Print or HP ePrint.

 

9. Quickoffice

Android KitKat will come with QuickOffice pre-installed. So, next time you need to edit any document, spreadsheet or presentation, you don’t have to search the Play Store to look for a good editing app. You can also browse through your documents in your Google Docs and Google Drive account.

 

10. Step Detector And Step Counter

Android KitKat has a step detector and step counter so that fitness-related apps can track when the user is walking, running, and climbing stairs.  The step detector uses the accelerometer input to recognize when the user has taken a step.  The step counter tracks the total number of steps since the device’s last restart.

Swype for Android Updated with four new languages

Swype Keyboard App for Android has been updated to version 1.6. The fastest, most accurate and now the most customisable keyboard app now includes support for four new Indian languages – Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu.

For a complete change log, continue reading below :

  • Bilingual
  • Split and Mini keyboards for phablets
  • Punctuation prediction
  • New theme (“Blackbird”)
  • Combined secondary and tertiary menus
  • Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu
  • Accessibility support
  • Search gesture
  • Bug fixes reported by users
  • You can adjust:
  1. Long-press delay
  2. Vibration duration
  3. Keyboard height
  4. Keyboard layouts
  5. Word list font size
  • New Dragon Dictation features
  1. Phrase-based, real-time results
  2. Dictation language independent of keyboard language

Download from Google Play Store.

You can also watch this demo video to know more about the new features :

Galaxy Gear compatibility extended to more devices

Samsung has announced that to extend the Galaxy Gear smart watch compatibility, it will be releasing a software update for six devices. While the software update is already available for Samsung Galaxy S4, the compatibility will be extended to Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Mega 5.8, Galaxy S4 zoom, Galaxy S3, galaxy Note II.

“The Galaxy Gear is designed and optimized for use with other Galaxy devices to create a seamless experience for our users. Extending the Galaxy Gear compatibility to six Galaxy devices reflects our commitment to delivering more Samsung smartphone users with enhanced flexibility and freedom, thus enriching their mobile experience,” says Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Mobiles at Samsung Electronics.

The Samsung galaxy Smartwatch is available in the Indian markets for INR 22900. Talking more about this smart watch, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch features a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB internal storage and a 1.9 MP camera.

Smart Relay feature connects Galaxy gear with other galaxy devices. This smart watch allows you to make or receive calls. you can also set to view updates from your social network accounts on this smartwatch.

The Galaxy Gear also functions like a full featured watch, with the option to change its face with 10 different alternatives and offers more choices via Samsung Apps.

Sony begins Xperia S Android 4.1 update roll-out

Sony has finally started rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for its  Xperia S smartphone. The update has started rolling out in France and expected to be available world-wide soon. The roll out has been confirmed by the Sony Mobile France  in a tweet. Jelly Bean update brings updated versions of Sony Media apps – Walkman, Album and Movies. A new app SocialLife has been added through the update which gives you the power to integrate all your your social networks.

The update is expected to improve battery performance with new and improved battery Stamina Mode. Apart from Google Now support, the update enhances app search and organisation capabilities.

Not to forget, the update brings with it project Butter improvements, a key feature of Jelly Bean.

Update in other countries is expected very soon. We will inform you once it is available in India.

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Facebook Announces “Home”(Facebook Home).Make Android as your Social Phone.

facebookFacebook announced Home, an “operating system” like app that would convert Android phones into a ‘Facebook phone’. It will change the main screen of the Android phone on which it is installed and will give users access to Facebook services.

Facebook Home is similar to Android launcher apps as it changes the homescreen of the devices as well as the way apps are accessed. When installed, it shows the Facebook updates from your friends on the home screen. It also allows users to update their Facebook status directly from the home screen.

Source:Times of India.

 

Samsung started rolling Jelly bean updates to S2 India.

As Samssaung Galaxy S2 was originally launched with Gingerbread and since has already received Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update and the latest update taken the phone to Jelly Bean. As all updates are rolled-out in phases, don’t get anxious if you don’t get it right-away.

What you get after update :
– Buttery Smooth Performance & Great Stability (Thanks to Project Butter)
– Full User Interface Revamp (Same UI as of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II)
– TouchWiz Nature UX
– Samsung’s S Cloud services
– Improved Camera features
– New Lockscreen With Many Customization Options
– New Features like Direct Call, Smart Stay and Pop-up Play
– New Widgets (From Galaxy S III)
– 2 Home screen modes
– New Notification bar With More Notification Toggles
– Google Now

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