Washington: Search engine giant’s new operating system Android 4.4 KitKat finally released, Google have made some changes in the new operating system that you need to know.
Android 4.4 now allows you to perform many tasks with just your voice. Much like Motorola’s Touchless Control, you can say “OK Google” – no need to touch the screen – to perform searches, send messages and more.
One thing Google is particularly proud of is its cleaner and more modern design. Indeed, the phone app, music app and movies app, for example, look a lot prettier than before. But it’s not all just looks and no brains as multitasking is claimed to be a lot faster, too.
The full list is long and exhausting, but there are some new features in Android 4.4 KitKat that you should know about.
Caller ID, if you get a call from an unknown number one which is not in your contacts – Android will attempt to match that number to a business which is listed on Google Maps.
Then there is Chromecast support help you to stream online music and videos to your TV.
When you’re listening to music, or streaming movies to Chromecast, you’ll now get full-screen artwork on your lock screen, sitting behind the skip and pause buttons, and a new ‘Immersive mode’ hides your status bar and navigation buttons when you’re reading an ebook, playing a game or watching a movie.
Android 4.4, the Hangouts app now handles your SMS and MMS messages along with your video calls. The new Hangouts app also allows you to share your location.
According to “Tech Radar” feature, the new operating system has now become fact is printing from your phone or tablet. You can print to printesr connected to Google Cloud Print, to HP ePrint printers, and to other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store.
There are also other add-ons like an IR blaster, low-power audio playback for up to 60 hours of music playback, built-in pedometer, NFC capabilities and improved touchscreen feedback and sensitivity.
For those of you wondering whether your Nexus 7, Nexus 4 or Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One is going to get Android 4.4, be patient.
Google says the aforementioned devices will all get KitKat within the coming weeks. However, the Nexus 5 will ship with the new platform already installed, as we’ve all expected.
When the update does come, we expect it to be pushed to devices with a notification, or users will have the option of refreshing their software update settings furiously until it arrives.