Initially rumored as Key Lime Pie, Android 4.4 KitKat has finally been confirmed by Google and while the search giant did not reveal what new extra features the upcoming OS is supposed to bring, here is our two cents on what to expect from Android 4.4 KitKat.
Nothing was said directly, but most of the experts are convinced that the statement, “It’s our goal with Android Kit Kat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” on the official Android website is an indicator that Android 4.4 KitKat will have lower specs requirements than the previous versions and will be offered on pretty much every other phone out there. We don’t want to get everybody’s hopes up, but most probably, the rule of thumb says that all the devices that are currently stuck on Android 2.3 Gingerbread will support Android 4.4 KitKat.
It is really a nice thing to see that Google is finally catching up to Apple in terms of keeping its devices updated. Yes, we are an Android centric blog and we are supposed to hate Apple, but let’s face it, providing the latest iOS 7 update even to almost three generations old iPhone 4 deserves some recognition from our side.
Faster, Snappier And More API’s
Isn’t that the whole point of releasing a new version of Android, to make the overall UI faster, snappier and include more APIs for the developers. It is pretty much pointless, to release a new Android which only has some minor security updates. It is also safe to assume that Android 4.4 will have smoother orientation transitions than before.
Currently battery life is a mess in the Android ecosystem and while we do not hope things to change drastically, we do hope that the Android 4.4 KitKat will be a major improvement to the current scenario.
Support For Smart Accessories
Every major OEM out there has either launched their own Smart Watch or is planning to do so and while these Smart Watches do pair up nicely with the flagships of their respective OEMs, it will obviously be appreciated a lot if Google adds native support for these kinds of accessories in the OS itself. That is, instead of being device specific, these watches could literally be made for every device out there that is running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Extra points for Google if they add Google Glass compatibility natively on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Exclusive Cloud Storage For Android
Granted, you can pull off all your cloud storage needs from a combination of apps like Dropbox and Evernote, but that’s not an acceptable excuse on Google’s side for not introducing an exclusive cloud service for Android users. Apple’s iCloud is one hell of an example of such a cloud service.
So folks, this ends the list of things to expect from the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat. As always, please feel free to use the comment section below in case we missed out anything or there is something which you would like to see in the soon to release OS.