The new version of the life changing mobile OS come with Nexus 5, after three Jelly Bean releases – The Android KitKat 4.4 carries a ton of new features. This might be the most revised edition of android that supports a transparent system and status bars and supports printers, all this at lower usage of hardware resources. The user interface has changed a lot including the home screen and lock screen, it also packed with a redesigned dialer. Here’s some major features and improvements that Google made to heir new Android release.
The revised launcher
The revision comes right away in-front of you as you unlock the phone. The lock screen is the first thing you would notice and it has some changes that is a result of the new launcher. It looks more space there on the lock screen and it is good to feel devices with large display. Further it equips a camera icon on the lower-right to provide easy access to camera app.
As you unlock the device you’ll see that the status bar and system menu bar has now become transparent that’s why the changes you see in the lock screen. This is definitely a great visual improvement from Jelly Bean which has the black bars of status and system. The overall theme of KitKat launcher might said to be a white and bright.
The APPS & WIDGETS tabs has now removed, the overall area that holds the icon is increased which results in bigger icons.
The google Search has undergone a slight re-design and it’s too a white waxed one. The mic icon stays faded out when its not listening and change to a solid one when its ready to go.
Icons and Folders
As mentioned earlier, the Nexus 5 holds fairly big icons compared to icons of Jelly Bean version and the icon-icon spacing is more optimized. These icons are easier to press and there is no chance of opening the wrong item by overlapping.
Folders too has got some visual treatment are now based on translucent white shapes. As earlier, folders can only hold 16 icons and it spawns when you click on it.
Indicator, icons and etc
The app drawer button is now a translucent white circle with six small dots in it. When it is pressed, it will become more opaque. It’s little difficult for the user to understand from the status bar that if it is connected to Google Services or not since the icons are always white, but you can recognize it from the quick settings panel – the icon will be orange if you’re not connected.
The list of devices getting the Android KitKat update
- NEXUS 4 – The update has been confirmed by Google and the OTA roll out will be taken place very soon
- NEXUS 7 – For the owners of 2012 and and 2013 Wi-Fi models
- NEXUS 10 – The update is rolling out right now and it should reach the Nexus 10 owners by the middle of next week
- HTC ONE – HTC confirmed the update within 90 days of the announcement.
- HTC ONE MINI
- HTC ONE MAX
- DROID DNA
- LG G2
- MOTO X
- DROID ULTRA, DROID MAXX, DROID MINI
- SAMSUNG GALAXY S4
- SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 3
- SAMSUNG GALAXY S3
- SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2
- SONY XPERIA Z, XPERIA ZL, XPERIA Z ULTRA AND XPERIA Z1