Just incase you haven’t heard, Google has pulled the curtain on Android 4.4 KitKat on Thursday, announcing the new mobile OS will appear first on the forthcoming Nexus 5 handset, which goes on sale for $349.
While we weren’t expecting a hefty update, some of the features announced in KitKat—like the newly revamped interface and new messaging features in the Hangouts app—were on our wish list. Other features, like optimization updates to help KitKat run on low-end phones, simply remind us that Google is still battling all the issues that lead to device fragmentation.
Regardless, let’s walk through some of the key features of KitKat and what you can expect when you finally get your hands on the new OS (whenever that is, because as we know, Android updates can take a long time to roll out).
A better phone dialer
|No more surprises: Google will provide info to let you know who is calling you.|
Fabulous interface makeover
|That navigation bar will look translucent, which should prettify the slightly doldrum Android interface.|
Never carry cash again
Okay, Google Now
|Launch Google Now any which way.|
|You can chat with your friends through SMS in the Hangouts app.|
Faster Android for aging phones
|There’s some weird irony in the phrase “Stay fit with KitKat.”|
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