Google has ultimately up come up with the latest versions of the Android OS – the Android 4.4 KitKat. The OS has been used in the Google Nexus 5 that will be coming to India soon. But before that, it is time to have a look at the top five features of the Android 4.4 KitKat and what new improvements Google has given to its OS.
Innovative dialer & caller ID
Many people have special preference when making calls. There are certain people they tend to talk to more than others. So, the new OS can now prioritize your contacts for you. This way it gets easier to select your contact the next time you wish to make them a call.
Users will also be able to scour for any neighboring contacts, businesses in the Google Apps domain directly from the handset. In case a user receives a call that isn’t saved in the contacts, the phone will automatically search for any possible matches within businesses in the local listings with the help of Google Maps.
Enhanced support for connectivity
The latest version of the OS extends support to the Message Access Profile (MAP). This means the cars that are armed with Bluetooth can exchange messages with other Android devices. There is also support for Bluetooth HD over GATT. If offers the apps low-latency links with low-power peripheral gadgets.
The KitKat version also supports the Wi-Fi Tunneled Direct Link Setup (TDLS). This is a method of streaming media quicker between gadgets that are on the same Wi-Fi network.
The latest version of the OS extends support for screen recording. This comes built with screen recording function. This allows the users take videos as and when they are using the device. The same can then be stored as an MP4 file. This can also come in handy for users, reviewers as well as developers to create tutorials.
The new Android 4.4 brings in the support platform for composite sensors, step counter and step detector. This allows the users to count the steps as they walk, climb the stair up and down or run. The service of these things can be provided through apps as well as hardware. Google has further said that they are working with their chipset partners for bringing newer devices as early as they can.
Unified messaging app
The Android KitKat brings in a fresh unified messaging app. This comes with the Hangouts getting MMS and SMS integration. It also offers IM through the Google accounts. What’s more, with the Hangouts you can now also send animated GIFs for sharing your locations.