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The latest version of Android mobile OS - is here, and for a change Google has done a great job in addressing Android fragmentation. The Android 4.4 Kitkat is a massy mobile OS, allowing OEM partners to run latest version starting 2014. So whether you purchase Rs.3000 Android phone or Rs.40,000 priced handset, Android 4.4 Kitkat will allow more and more users to purchase Android powered handset.
Especially in a country like India, where Android is the leading mobile OS, the coming of Android 4.4 Kitkat could drive adoption of Android to zenith. There is no specific time frame given by Google as when one can we see the update rolling out for millions of handsets running Android.
In the beginning, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 , HTC One Play edition , and of course Nexus 5 , are the ones to get Android 4.4 Kitkat.
It is to be noted that our Indian tech vendor are not uptodate, when it comes to pushing latest OS updates. Even till now, we haven't seen a single Indian handset manufacturer launching handset running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Most of the vendors promise to push important updates on time via over-the-air (FOTA) firmware update, but in reality very few fulfils the promise.
Hence, the experience promised by tech vendors gets diluted somewhere. Google is promising fantastic users experience with its latest Android OS update, but it is possible to run Android 4.4 Kitkat on a handset costing a mere Rs. 5000. Yes, theoretically this new scheme does make lot of sense. The practicality of Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile OS in curbing Android fragmentation is yet to be seen.
Here are the top features introduced by Google in Android 4.4 Kitkat mobile OS. Take a look!
Both the Motorola X and Nexus 5 now have a unique feature, known as "OK Google". With "Ok Google", you can control your phone without touch. All you need to use voice commands to control your device. From sending a text message to playing music on your phone, this new feature will surely enhance user-experience.
If caller info is not stored in user's contact list, then Android 4.4 will match from local businesses using Google Maps.
Rise of Hangouts
The hangout app for Android 4.4 OS, now displays SMS and MMS messages
Full screen Album art
While listening to music, the album art will display in a full-screen mode on the lock screen.
Translucent system UI styling
User can use new window styles and themes to request translucent system UI, including both the status bar and navigation bar.
Full-screen Immersive mode
Now you can view tests in full-screen immersive mode on phones or tablets, hiding all system UI such as the status bar and navigation bar.
The newest Android 4.4 Kitkat OS allows users to print photos, documents or web pages from their phone or tablet. The printer needs to be connected to Google Cloud Print or HP ePrint printers.