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.
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.
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.