The story of android is that of high, low and high again. But with Google Android 4.4 Kitkat hitting the space after the alright performance of Jelly Bean, there seems a hope for a steady high. At least, for some time. When Google launched this much awaited OS friendly software on October 31st, 2013, there was apprehension in the air. But Android users have clearly not been disappointed. In fact, they are all praises and laughter.
Kitkat promises to make the Android experience much more coherent. Intelligent and smarter! Even in the low-end devices. Kitkat has clearly proved that accessing great Features is no more the property of just high-end users. However, all the latest flavors of Android would not be available right away in the basic versions running in the market but Google has started giving manufacturers and carriers the license to put Kitkat in all devices in 2014, to make the Android experience oh-so-wow!
With Kitkat invading the space, the budget-minded user is not going to feel miffed anymore. Just how? Google has fixed the problem stemming from low RAM space and poor speed of the processors. Kitkat shrinks the OS by 16 percent, thereby performing excellently well in devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM. Therefore, less internal storage capacity of the handheld is no more directly proportional to its features and speed. So much at the same cost!
But what’s up with the uneasiness that the user feels the minute the handheld gets hit by new software? Kitkat is clearly sensitive to that as well. With no glaring changes hitting right across face, the Kitkat plays it cool and subtle. Of course there are certain, distinct changes in the look and feel of the homepage- bigger icons, condensed texts, translucency in the top status bar, reduced number of home screens (five to two) from what was visible by default, to name a few, but nothing to make the user uncomfortable. In fact, this one looks far prettier than what jelly Bean seemed to the eyes. But the coolest part is the feature that allows the user to perform just about any task with voice. Absolutely no need to touch the screen, search, type or even navigate. The speech recognition engine is about 25% more accurate, fetching the user just what s/he was looking for.
But wait, there’s more. Much more in fact. The new lock screen has “Now Playing” and camera option handy. Navigation interface does not interfere when you are inside supporting apps. The dialer itself is a search engine now. Quite unimaginable but that is actually happening. May be type “Burgers” and see what appears? Not just the contact you had saved but more options than that.
Kitkat add-ons further include- IR blaster, built-in pedometer, NFC capabilities, AirPrint- wireless printing and support for third-party cloud storage. Oh and the rumor is, Kitkat is also improving touch screen feedback and sensitivity. Not to forget, the graphic polish of Kitkat needs special applause, making it a complete stellar. Then, the availability of the emoji icons on the keyboard itself and the Hangouts meeting SMS here. Multitasking is clearly the easiest possible job.
So just when is your phone going to be hit by “Kitkat”? Patience! The OS was squeezed in Nexus 5 for pushing it out in the market and has already reached 1.1 percent of Android devices within a month. The OS is currently available for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, the Google Play Editions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s One and Moto X devices and is scheduled to be rolled out for HTC One in the new year. Even Sony is planning to deliver KitKat to its Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 devices. So ready-steady and drumrolls- it is time to take a break with Kitkat.