As the day for Google to release Android 4.4 KitKat approaches closer new details are emerging about what we can expect from the latest version of the world's most popular smartphone platform. One of the major goals Google hopes to achieve with KitKat is to cater to devices across price segments to tackle the fragmentation problem, Amir Efrati reports. Less than half of all Android smartphones run on the latest version of Android Jelly Bean.
Quite a few of us eagerly await the unveiling of the Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5, which was believed to be coming at the end of this month. But if Google s latest teaser is anything to go by, at least the next iteration of Android could be unveiled as early as this Friday.
WhatsApp, Kik and Line have made their mark on mobile app stores around the world by offering a more robust chat ecosystem than Apple or Google have managed to create on their own. Now that Google has fully transitioned from Google Chat to Hangouts on the desktop, the company has an opportunity to bring the improved software to its mobile platform in a much more meaningful way.
Last month, Google announced that the next iteration of Android will be called 4.4 KitKat. Since the announcement we have been seeing screenshots leak online that give a glimpse at features expected on the forthcoming OS. Adding to that list is a set of photos leaked by GadgetHelpline.
September 4: Dear diary, our announcement that Android 4.4 will be called KitKat hasn t gone down too well with people. Especially, people in India are mighty disappointed that I didn t name Android Kaju Katli . But what was I to do, no matter how big the company, it is after all a business and I have to keep Larry happy. But I ve decided, no matter what people say the next Android will be Indian flavored. But there again lies another problem; I m having a hard time deciding between Lassi and Ladoo .
This is embarrassing. Moments after announcing Android 4.4 KitKat, Google celebrated the new version by the customary "unveiling the statue" video outside Building 44 in Googleplex. But the video happened to have one unwarranted guest - the next Nexus smartphone aka the Nexus 5. A Googler is shown in the video shooting the statue unveiling on an unknown smartphone bearing the Nexus branding. Another Googler on his left is using the Nexus 4, which makes for a good comparison shot of what seem to be the present and future Nexus smartphones. A closeup photo follows.
Google today announced the next version of Android, believe it or not, would be called KitKat. Android 4.4, which was till today known as Key Lime Pie, will be the first Android version to be named after a commercial product. Google's head of Android, Sundar Pichai, also announced today that Android had crossed a billion device activations. This means Android activations grew 100 percent since last September, when Google announced crossing the 500 million device activations mark.