Android 4.4 KitKat launched

Google launched the latest version of Android (4.4), “KitKat”, on Thursday, 31 October 2013 along with its new flagship smartphone, Nexus 5.

Based on teaser images posted by Nestlé and Google to their social media channels, rumours emerged that the new version of the operating system would launch on 28 October 2013.

The conclusions drawn from the teasers proved to be false, along with reports that the launch of the Nexus 5 and Android KitKat were pushed back to November 2013.

However, many of the rumours of the new features in Android KitKat have been proven true.

Among them is the lower minimum memory requirement of 512MB in Android KitKat, which Google said on its Android Developer blog kicks of “Project Svelte”.

Google also announced changes to the phone and messaging apps.

Users of Google’s new phone application will be able to search across their contacts, nearby places, or Google Apps accounts (such a company directory), directly from within the app.

SMS and MMS messages have also been moved out of their own app into Google Hangouts app, the search giant confirmed.

Availability

The new Nexus 5 smartphone, which was built by LG for Google, ships with Android 4.4 “KitKat”.

Google also announced that the new version of Android will soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices “in the coming weeks.”

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