11-04-2013, 12:19 PM
A couple of days ago we got to see for the first time
officially the new Nexus 5 smartphone that brought
with it the latest version of the operating system
Android 4.4 KitKat, and today we are looking at the
update and some of the features with what’s
Interface and feature changes
KitKat is set to bring a new user
experience that, as mentioned, Pichai bills as
beautiful and immersive. Though "beautiful" is a
matter of opinion, "immersive" actually means
something real in this case (see below). What's
more, though some of the feature additions
confirm previously discussed dish from the
KitKat rumor mill, there are other tidbits we
hadn't heard about before. They include:
The revamped phone dialer app will
evaluate which contacts you talk to most
and automatically prioritize your phone book
accordingly. Also, integration with more
Google apps such as Maps will let you
search for nearby places and businesses
right in the phone dialer.
Caller ID gets a boost, as well. For incoming
calls that don't match a phone number not in
your contacts, Google apps will scan and
display any matches from local businesses
listed in Google Maps.
The immersive mode will clear up clutter on
your screen by automatically hiding
everything except except the one thing
you're viewing (like a photo, map, or game).
In other words, you'll be in full-screen
mode without status and navigation bars.
When you're ready to move on, you can
bring back your status bar and navigation
buttons by swiping the edge of the screen.
A new Hangouts app consolidates all of your
text and mulitmedia messages,
conversations, and video calls into one
You'll be able to print photos, documents,
and web pages from your phone or tablet.
Any printer connected to Google Cloud Print
will be compatible, along with HP ePrint
printers and other printers with Google Play
If you have an Android device with an IR
blaster, you'll be able to use applications
that function as a TV remote. Also, capable
devices will now support Chromecast.
You'll get an emoji keyboard, if you're into
that sort of thing.
When switching between homescreens, you
can change the order by moving them
Support for the Message Access Profile
(MAP) will let drivers exchange messages
between their Bluetooth-enabled cars and
Closed captioning comes to most
A new look for the e-mail app brings nested
folders, contact photos, and revamped
NFC features now will work with more
App developers can take advantage of new
step detection and counting composite
Smaller details range from a uniform color
for status bars to a new condensed font.
Lastly, KitKat has a deeper integration of Google
services depending on how you use a phone.
Google Now will be accessible via one swipe
from the home screen. After saying "OK,
Google," you can use voice search, send a text,
get directions, or play a song. Also coming are
new card types that give you more information
specific to your interests.