The Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to launch on October 14th this year at the same time as the Nexus 5 smartphone. Google developers have stated that the KitKat offers a range of ‘sweet’ features including longer battery life, an updated user interface and a larger global coverage.
Android 4.4 KitKat Features
Much of the information is hearsay and rumour coming from the around the ‘net but the Android website does give some clues as to what users can expect on launch day. The Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to bring some big changes including a refreshed user interface as well as being optimised for a full range of Android products, including previously released Android tablets and phones. The new system will feature an upgraded performance and fragmentation changes due to screen re-sizing are expected. Add-ons from Android Jelly Bean are also expected including Project Butter, Google Now and Bluetooth Smart.
The Nexus 5 Smartphone
Rumour has it that the Nexus 5 Smartphone will launch at the same time as the 4.4 Kitkat. The next-generation Nexus 5 is expected to offer consumers a full HD 5” screen display, 2GB of RAM and a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. If you are concerned about camera quality then the Nexus 5 features a 13 MP camera compared to the previous 8MP available on the Nexus 4.
The Nexus 5 will of course feature the 4.4 KitKat Android OS and this version should be available to existent Nexus owners later in the year. LG were the manufacturers of the very successful Nexus 4 and it’s thought that once again they will be producing the Nexus 5.
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Android 4.4 KitKat Compatible Tablets
It is speculated that Google is to launch its second-generation Nexus 10 2 sometime in October and it looks like they will be competing with the new Apple iPad 5. This 10” tablet is expected to offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 1080p High Definition touchscreen along with 4GB RAM and 32GB or 64GB storage options. Prices of the prior generation of Nexus tablets are already being reduced in anticipation of the second-gen Nexus tablets.
A range of tablets and smartphones will support the Android 4.4 KitKat, including the Samsung Galaxy range such as the Galaxy Tab, Galaxy S Line and Galaxy Note. HTC Smartphones operating the 4.4 KitKat include the One Family and the Desire range and the 4.4 KitKat should be available to users of the Sony Xperia tablet S and tablet Z in the near future.
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