Google’s Android 4.4 KitKat is slimmer and a faster Mobile OS

Google’s latest Android OS is certainly an improvement. KitKat will allow you to use any third-party text messaging app on the Google Play store as your primary SMS conduit. KitKat has a slimmed down memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that aren’t necessary. Changes to the Android interface include an updated Phone app, which adds integrated searchable contacts, directories in other Google apps, and even nearby businesses. Watching a video or perhaps reading a book, the “immersive mode” will hide all of your other open elements to allow you to focus on the content you’re actually using. A revamped Hangouts app will also throw all of your text messages and video calls into the mix, so you’re not backing out to find them in another app.

It’s really interesting because google’s operating system is improving as time goes by. Many consumers are very excited for this product. Android phones are really popular nowadays, better look for android phones that have useful or improved operating systems. The Kitkat is definitely an improvement in mobile OS. A lot of people are into these types of gadgets and indeed it’s really very handy in society. The more powerful processor the better, and a more faster and fluid application is always imperative for seem less transition.

Google’s  new application is indeed up to date. Google’s intelligent digital assistant and smart search, Google Now, has been given much larger prominence within Android 4.4 Kitkat, integrating an always listening feature, which will instantly respond to voice commands triggered by the phrase “OK Google”. Instead of having to launch a separate app, your searches can be made directly from the homescreen without having to tap any buttons, just by starting your commands with “OK Google”. This always-listening feature was first introduced with Google’s smart glasses Google Glass, which is voice-activated by the phrase “OK Glass”.

Features and more features are always a “GOOD THING”. Google has taken steps with Android 4.4 Kitkat to make the experience of using apps like ebook readers or web browsers a much more immersive experience. It has changed the way the system-level interface elements are presented, including the status bar at the top of the screen and the Android menu buttons at the bottom. Instead of permanently bracketing your screen with two black bars, the top notification bar is now transparent, allowing more of your “homescreen” wallpaper to shine through. The menu bar at the bottom of the screen can now also disappear when an app is put into a full-screen mode, allowing content to take up the full real estate of the screen. Dragging your finger down from the top of the screen or up from the bottom of the screen now reveals the notification or menu bars when in full screen applications.

Android fragmentation has been a big problem for app developers ever since the operating system’s inception. Essentially it means that multiple versions of Android that aren’t up to date exist on various devices. While that’s not an issue in and of itself, for developers it presents a massive challenge as they have to programme their apps to support multiple versions of Android, all with differing capabilities. Google has already taken steps towards minimising fragmentation through the decoupling of its own applications and services from the operating system into separate downloadable apps. That allows users on older versions of Android to update these apps separately through the Google Play store and gain access to the new services and features.

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