Martin “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.