KitKat Android 4.4 is a real thing, loves entry-level hardware

KitKat Android 4.4 is a real thing, loves entry-level hardwareMartin “Jimmy” James detailed the long-awaited Google Nexus 5 launch last night, with its groundbreaking “2,300mAh camera”, but kindly left the software side of things to yours truly. Son of a…

Yes, it’s the latest – and presumably greatest – version of Google’s ubiquitous smartphone operating system, KitKat Android 4.4, and the rumours of its entry-level friendliness were spot on.

KitKat Android 4.4 and its various features are detailed over on Android Developers, and the headline is indeed its ability to “run on a much broader range of devices” – including those with just 512MB of RAM.

The entry-level scene has of course been crucial for Android in establishing its global smartphone dominance, but while not everyone has a £500 flagship, the OS has historically focused on the high-end scene, with low-end performance often being comparatively sluggish. But no more!

Sexy KitKat Android 4.4 action on entry-level devices should help keep the competition at bay, including the likes of the 512MB of RAM, Windows Phone-rockin’ Nokia Lumia 520.

Other key KitKat Android 4.4 features include:

  • A new full-screen “immersive mode”
  • A printing framework for, uhm, printing
  • A storage access framework making it easier to find documents
  • Low-power sensors including a step detector and step counter
  • A screen recorder that can capture high-quality video of apps

For those looking for a more in-depth view of KitKat Android 4.4, head over to Android 4.4 platform highlights.

KitKat Android 4.4 will roll out to the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 "in the next few weeks", as well as the Google Play Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 1, 2013 at 17:33

First complaints on Twitter - "launcher lagging on dual-core phone", beige colours too ochre etc... whiners!

kdsace  Nov. 2, 2013 at 08:22

hey i updated my phone ace 5830 with 4.2.2 now its not switching on and just showing samsung sign......i saw uh commenting on many things so i wan to knw what shud i do now? plz help

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 2, 2013 at 09:02

hey i updated my phone ace 5830 with 4.2.2 now its not switching on and just showing samsung sign......i saw uh commenting on many things so i wan to knw what shud i do now? plz help

How did you update your Samsung Galaxy Ace to Android 4.2.2? Custom ROM? Is your Ace rooted? Read => http://www.mobot.net/samsung-galaxy-ace-switching-off <= it's depressing just how bugged the Ace is. It shouldn't be messed with! There are a dozen similar threads here on mobot and thousands on other sites.

To get help, I'd post on XDA - but you have to describe exactly WHAT you did!!!!
Also: When you connect your Ace to Samsung's Kies suite on your computer, does Kies recognise your Ace? If it does, try to update via Kies; or try to restore from a back up.
Or, in Kies "Tools" try the Firmware emergency recovery option....

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