Android has been a kind of revelation for smartphone makers and users both. Ever since it came out it has been making smartphones and tablets more functional and productive. Today, Android OS powers more than a billion smartphones and tablets. These devices make our life better and in a way sweeter, and hence every version of Android is named, aptly, after desserts. Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean were the existing versions of Android OS. Now, Android has brought in its latest version 4.4 KitKat, named after one of the most loved chocolates of all time. Apart from the fact that all the versions are named after desserts, another interesting fact is that their names begin in an alphabetical order.
Now, coming to KitKat itself, the version was released sometime in November, 2013, and understandably so, Google’s preferred brands like Nexus got the earliest updates. Nexus 5 became the first device to run on it followed by Nexus 7. Though most Nexus devices have received the updates, other Android devices are yet to get them yet. It has also been announced that Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One will have KitKat in their Google Play Editions. These flagship devices of their respective brands will be the first non-Nexus devices to get this update.
What did we expect and what did this dessert actually bring? Let’s take a look at how the new Android KitKat will increase the functionality of the HTC One of HTC Mobile and Samsung Galaxy S4.
Say Ok Google
KitKat brings a unique feature, where you can operate simple tasks hands-free. Now, you don’t need to touch your screen but just say Ok Google to get things done. Send texts, play songs, get directions or browse the internet through this amazing feature. Basically, conduct your daily tasks, on your smart devices, more easily with this feature.
Concentrate fully into what you are doing with the new feature that allows users to hide the controls on the screen and removes the borders for a full-screen mode. This immersive mode enables you to experience something like reading, gaming or movie watching more completely, as you can focus on them without getting distracted. Swipe the edges whenever you want to use them.
Organizing Your Basics
Google introduces Hangouts, with the new KitKat, that prioritizes your contacts based on who you talk to the most. Also SMS, MMS and Hangouts messages are organised together along with your video calls and other conversations in this new app. You can also send GIFs and locations through this app. Emojis, the popular Japanese characters; will also be available on Google Keyboard to enrich your messaging experience.
Search for nearby places, your contacts, people in your business or people in the Google apps domain with the smart features of the new phone app. When you call numbers that are not listed in your contacts, your device will look for matches from local businesses listed on Google Maps.
Be Ready With Your Docs Always
Wherever you are, printing your documents or finding files is much easier now. Get easy access to your files through the new QuickOffice app that also allows you to share or send them more conveniently. With this app you can also create spreadsheets or presentations from your smartphones or tablets. You can print documents, photos and web pages from your smartphones or tablets to any printer that has its app on Google Play Store, or that is connected to Google Cloud Print or HP ePrint.
Do Even More
Android brings even more sweetness with the KitKat as you can do a lot more interesting things on devices that will possess it. Bluetooth MAP support allows Bluetooth enabled cars to exchange messages with your devices. KitKat run devices will have Chromecast support, Chrome web view, closed captioning, Email app refresh, HDR+ photography and many other features that make your experience with your devices better.
The above descriptions should give a general idea of what you can expect the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 to function like when they get updated. You can start checking online shopping sites, to see if you can make those pre-release orders if you have already become a fan of the latest confectionery from Android. Get ready to experience faster performance and better multitasking, enhanced by an accurate and highly responsive UI. Samsung Mobile , HTC and Google plan to complete the updates by January, 2014. What Google plans to do with the KitKat is to allow the introduction of Android OS into a wider range of devices. An ingenious optimization project makes the OS compatible with a lot of other mid-range and low-end devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. Definitely Google is out to capture more markets and consumers with this sweet OS.
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