Your Ultimate Guide to Google’s New OS: Android 4.4 KitKat

A lot of excitement is buzzing around Google’s next Android operating system, 4.4 KitKat. The platform is scheduled to be officially released within days, and after three versions of Jelly Bean, it is highly anticipated as being even better and taking off where the Jelly Bean operating system left off. For any user who is planning on upgrading to a new smartphone that will run on this OS, it is worth taking a closer look at all of the features to expect in KitKat.

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Generally speaking, there are fairly minor enhancements to the 4.4 KitKat operating system. Google did its best to keep it a secret, but little by little, bits and pieces of information have leaked out about the chocolate wafer named OS. Google has since stated that KitKat promises to provide everyone with an even better Android experience. It is believed by many that devices other than just smartphones and tablets may include the new platform, although this remains to be seen.

Some of the nice new features that you can expect with Android’s 4.4 KitKat are tweaks to certain already existing features such as the notification bar, app launcher and dialing system. There are also enhancements in color adjustments to look forward to.

Android’s 4.4 KitKat operating system is expected to be released with some of the great new smartphones, such as the LG Nexus 5. Changes to Android are expected, including the application drawer’s background being transparent instead of simply black. The notification bar has also been shown by reports on various websites as having colors that complement apps, such as the dialer having a bar that is blue and the Hangouts app including a green bar.

Something that is certainly worth looking forward to with KitKat is that the lock screen of devices that run on it will include a shortcut to the camera app. This is a convenient new feature for something that many users rely on daily.

Another great feature that is included in 4.4 KitKat is an “always listening” ability that is already found in Motorola’s Moto X. This feature allows the user faster access to Google Now and the search feature without having to touch any buttons on the phone as it relies solely on voice.

Additionally, there are a variety of changes in regards to apps folders and widgets. Similarly to Apple’s iOS 7, there are no longer limits on the number of apps that can be stored in an app folder and that all the user needs to do to access additional apps is to continue scrolling over. Also, widgets are no longer relegated to app drawers as they are now returned to the traditional long press function on the home screen. Stock KitKat will also allow the user to have more than five home screen panels if they so choose to.

With Android’s latest offering, there are also a few enhancements to the camera. Certain features have been added, such as the ability to apply effects and filters, borders and more. It is also possible to adjust color balance and other editing functionalities.

Also possibly included in the new operating system is the ability to print directly from the phone. This feature can very well end up including options that allow you to choose color versus black and white, printing orientation, paper size and more.

In all, while many of these features sound relatively minor, they should bring much anticipation among Android users.