Google Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat was introduced as the latest version of Google's mobile operating system in November 2013 along side the announcement of the Nexus 5. There's a new launcher, a new condensed version of Google's Roboto font, and a generally lighter and cleaner look to Android. In addition to many added features Google's team nipped and tucked the software to allow it to run on a wider range of hardware, opening up the doors to budget and mid-range mobile device manufacturers.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: November 2013
  • Price at launch: $0.00

What You Need To Know

  • The status and notification bar are now translucent, and they disappear completely when you're in a fullscreen app
  • Dialer now allows you to search for a business or person and dial their number without having to figure it out
  • Texting, instant messaging, even voice and video calling, are all now done through Hangouts

Verge Review

In 2011, Google introduced Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," which took some of the design direction it had begun on tablets and moved it to phones. In the intervening two years, we've only seen "point" updates for the platform: some subtle refinements and a few big new features, but never a big 5.0 update. Google sees it as a “mature” operating system — it doesn’t have to reinvent the design or the core features, it just has to make them run faster, better, and prettier. With Android 4.4...

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Basic Specs

Software type Operating system
Distribution Online
Version 4.4

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