As if there is anyone who doesn’t know about it already, Google had launched its latest version of Android, Android KitKat 4.4 in the fourth quarter of 2013. Releasing the Nexus 5 with the operating system of Android KitKat, it plans of getting a majority of Android phones released in 2014 with the same. But to all those who haven’t heard or read enough about it, there must be a lot of questions with respect to how it is different from Jellybean 4.3, and how much Google has improved your new Android version. Here are a few difference between Android Kitkat 4.4 and Android Jellybean 4.3:
Operating System Optimizations
One of the most important improvements of Android from Jellybean to KitKat has been that KitKat has been optimized to suit phones with low end specifications, such as a low RAM and a low internal processing memory too. Unlike how Jellybean was a fancier version for phones with 1GB RAM and 1 gigahertz processors, KitKat has been optimized to function impressively with phones with a RAM of 512 MB as well. This means that even the performance of heavy applications and functions of the phone will not be compromised in lower end phones. For phones which already support 1GB and 2GB RAM, the experience is set to be a lot more fluent than ever before.
As one of the very few considerable changes visually, Android 4.4 has received mixed responses where the changed look of the dialer is concerned. Unlike Jellybean when on clicking the ‘call’ icon you are led to the dialer pad, KitKat doesn’t reveal the dialer pad immediately. Instead, it presents you with a voice search box at the top, for you to search your contacts, the latest calls made, and then the favorite and most used contacts. To open the dialer pad, you need to click on the dialer pad icon.
The most important reform in KitKat and Jellybean, however, has to be the File Management. Android is not entirely famous for its file management, and is often termed chaotic. However, with its latest version KitKat, Android has come considerably close to making its own name in the league. With the most impressive feature, KitKat allows users to open, edit and save files on their preferred cloud storage. Functioning beyond Google Drive, this application programming interface of Android is set to impress, and make sharing and using files on an Android device extremely simpler.
Besides the mentioned, KitKat shows slight differences in the notification bar, the time display and the alarm clock, changing the color of the notification bar, and the placing of the clocks. It also supports an improved ‘Now Playing’ display on the lock screen.
While Android KitKat 4.4 may not be very different from Android Jellybean 4.3 visually, it has made significant changes within the software, for a more reliable and user-friendly experience. It truly does look out to be the first priority operating system for all of Android phones.