- • Support for Samsung KNOX 2.0 has been added
- Google Drive
- Play Newsstand
- Emergency Alerts App Icon
- S Suggest (has been removed)
- Samsung Music (has been removed)
- Error code popups fixed in Backup Assistant
- 'Search' icon has been removed within S Memo when there is no memo
- Favorite ‘Contact' information background is now more readable
- Connectivity has been improved when streaming music
- Stability has been improved for Samsung Gear Manager
- Text alert improvements for select factory installed car kits
The next version of Android is going to be 4.4 KitKat, and because of that trademarked name, Google has partnered with Nestle to get the word out around. If you were wondering just when you should expect the next release to hit Nexus devices, Nestle may have just outed the time-frame.
Next month happens when Android 4.4 should be out and about already, according to an employee from Nestle's German arm. Responding to a customer's inquiry on Facebook, she or he said, simply, that the KitKat version of the OS will be available in October.
Android 4.4 KitKat
This comes to ‘confirm' previous rumors that spoke of the October 14 unveiling for that LG Nexus 5 plus the new software bits. Obviously, that date could still change, but at this point it is looking increasingly clear that October would be the month of KitKat. Or something like that.
Finally though, keep in mind the possibility that this particular Nestle employee was just employing a little bit of wishful thinking, and doesn't really have any insider information on the release date of the OS.
Google's latest Android release, version 4.4 KitKat, is anticipated to be available this month alongside the upcoming LG Nexus 5 so that as we are nearing the state announcement, the leaks are shown.
According to leaked image, the Android 4.4 KitKat is going to be featuring new location settings menu with a simplified layout. Renamed "location mode" the new settings entry will offer three different modes rather than the currently available multiple selectors for every location tool.
However, these are merely speculations based on the leaked image. We are not sure how real this is, you should take it as a grain of salt for now.
After shown on thThe overall assessment is that 4.4 seems to be a more polished version of the Android platform than has been seen in yesteryear, with a feature set that more closely resembles iOS devices out of the box. As Google has said previously, with KitKat it's targeting the mainstream and this may be its best shot yet shot at tempting loyal iOS users to give it a go.e Nexus last week, Android 4.4 KitKat appeared all over again in a series of leaked screenshots. Now, the upcoming Android release got caught running on a Google Nexus 7.
Consistent with previous leaks, the screenshots reveal a few of the UI changes which Android 4.4 KitKat brings. They include mildly redesigned stock apps including Quickoffice integration, new inclusions in the settings menu, as well as the cool-looking Android KitKat Easter egg.
According to the source of the screenshots, the Android build captured inside them predate the official KitKat announcement. This explains the presence of a Key Lime Pie codename in them.
Android 4.4 KitKat arrived on Halloween having a bag filled with goodies, together with a rejuvenated interface, additional features, better integration with Google's applications and services, along with a slew of enhancements underneath the hood.
While you will find lots of sources online where one can get up to date with Google's latest and finest operating-system, sometimes it's easier to go where the origin is. For individuals who can't get an adequate amount of KitKat, that source is Google's own Android Ramp Up Guide, Android 4.4 (KitKat), available these days free of charge within the Play Store.
Google's Android website just released its monthly Android version distribution numbers. The latest stats of the platform saw Android 4.4 KitKat debut with 1.1% share of total share.
Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the other hand, continue their slow decline. All three versions dropped their cut of the overall distribution. Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich saw their biggest drops with 2.2% and 1.2% drops respectively over the past month.
Samsung USA today has decided to make things official and has announced which of its phones and tablets will be getting the KitKat update, and according to SamMobile, here's the full list of devices that will be getting KitKat:
• Galaxy Note 3
• Galaxy Note II
• Galaxy S4
• Galaxy S4 mini
• Galaxy S4 Active
• Galaxy S4 zoom
• Galaxy S III
• Galaxy S III mini
• Galaxy Mega
• Galaxy Light
• Galaxy Note 8.0
• Galaxy Tab 3
• Galaxy Note 10.1
• Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced today that a number of Samsung Galaxy® devices will receive the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) software update, enriching the Galaxy experience.
The upgrade provides a number of innovative, easy-to-use features that enhance the user experience, including a more intuitive user interface, enhanced messaging capabilities and updated applications:
Location Menu: An integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously checking the battery usage of apps running location service capabilities.
Enhanced Messaging: Enables users to choose between Messages or Hangouts as their preferred default messaging application, and select from a larger assortment of updated Emoji icons.
Upgraded Google Mobile ServiceTM (GMS) apps: Users can automatically back up photos and video and can open, view, rename and share Google Docs and files.
Samsung Galaxy U.S. devices currently scheduled to receive the KitKat update include select carrier variants of the Galaxy Note® 3, Galaxy Note® II, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy S® 4 miniTM, Galaxy S® 4 ActiveTM, Galaxy S® 4 zoomTM, Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® III miniTM, Galaxy Mega®, Galaxy Light, Galaxy Note® 8.0, Galaxy Tab® 3, Galaxy Note® 10.1, Galaxy Note® 10.1 2014 Edition.
Availability varies by carrier and product, with updates beginning today and continuing throughout the coming months.
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Among the headline options that come with Android 4.4 is really a refurbished desltop and application launcher. The symbols are bigger, there's more transparency, and also the application drawer makes better utilisation of the screen property. It is also heavily integrated with Search and Google Now, although you will possibly not view it in the surface level.
Sure, there is the usual search bar widget along with a swipe left will open the entire Search application, however the integration goes much much deeper than that. While developing KitKat, Google designed a quite interesting decision: instead of graft a couple of new search UI pieces to the desltop, Google put the present home application within the trash and switched all desltop functionality to google's Search application.
Ars Technica took a closer look to Android 4.4 KitKat and found that the Google Home launcher has been sacrificed in favor of the new Google Search, which takes over the screen in a similar fashion Facebook's launcher does:
That's right, Google Search isn't just integrated into the home screen, it is the home screen. Everything you see on the home screen-the wallpaper, the icons, the widgets, and the app drawer-are all drawn by the Google Search app. "GoogleHome.apk" still exists, but it is an empty shell that forwards everything to the search app.
The difference here is that Google does it in a more subtle way than Facebook, which isn't obvious to the user and doesn't change the overall experience when it comes to visual elements.