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More New Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” Features – The User Side of Things

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Shortly after Google announced Android 4.4Kit Kat,” we posted up the new goodies from a developer perspective. In this post, we’re taking a look at all of the user-friendly additions that you’ll notice during daily usage. If you were at one time wondering whether or not this update was big enough to justify a name change, this should help you understand why Google went Kit Kat. This is a massive update – one of the biggest we have seen in some time. 

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In 4.4, you can now activate Google Search by saying “OK, Google.” Keep in mind that this is not like the Moto X, even though we have seen some reports suggesting that it is. Your phone cannot be locked – it has to be awake and on a home screen or in Google Now. It’s still cool, but not as powerful as it is on the Moto X. From there, you can search to your heart’s desire.

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If you are Chromecasting items or listening to music, you’ll see beautiful new art when your phone is on the lockscreen. There are also some new ways to seek to specific moments while on the lock screen with a long press.

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Yes, Emoji are now everywhere. You can even use them in a Gmail message since they are embedded into the new Google Keyboard.

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With the new Hangouts, you can combine your SMS, MMS, and instant message conversations. We don’t know when the MMS part is coming, but a new update should enable SMS at least. At last, an all-in-one messaging solution on Android! Still no word on Google Voice integration, though.

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Quickoffice is apparently now baked into Android. It’s odd, since Google has Drive, but hey, options are options.

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Multi-tasking has been improved once again, so that it is now faster than ever. Google optimized memory and improved the touchscreen performance to make everything respond quicker. No hiccups to be seen here.

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The new phone app prioritizes your contacts for you, based on who you talk to the most. You can also search more powerfully in the phone app by business, contact, or people in Google Apps domains. Yay, for Google Apps folks!

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If you are reading, playing a game, or watching a movie, you’ll now experience a full-screen mode that hides everything from view. This is greatly welcomed, and also a reason why on-screen buttons are the best. A simple swipe from the edge of your screen will bring it all back.

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If you get a call from someone not in your contacts, the new caller ID will automatically look it up and try to find business and local listings on Google Maps. So no more secret or random callers. Pretty sweet, and a super underrated new feature.

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Cloud printing from anywhere at any time! You can now print at any time with a printer connect to Google Cloud Print, HP ePrint printers, and to other printers that have apps in the Google Play store.

The other stuff:

  • Easy home screen switching:  If you have multiple 3rd party launchers installed, you can switch between them easily through Settings>Home.
  • Email app refresh:  The stock Email app (not Gmail) received an entire makeover.
  • Tap-to-pay, built a new way:  With a new open architecture for NFC payments, you should be able to make NFC payments with most phones, no matter who the carrier is.
  • Full-screen wallpapers with preview:  Wallpapers now extend through the notification and navigation areas. You can also preview it to see how it looks.
  • HDR+ photography:  With the Nexus 5, you can snap bursts of photos and combine then to get a single HDR shot.
  • Infrared blasting:  If you own a phone with an IR blaster, 4.4 supports the controlling of TVs.
  • Location in quick settings:  Quick access to location settings is now in the quick settings pulldown.
  • Location modes and monitoring:  Users will have better control over location settings. In Settings>location, you can switch between high accuracy and battery-saving location modes. You shouldn’t need to toggle GPS, WiFi and other network settings any longer.
  • Low-power audio playback:  On the Nexus 5, 4.4 lets you listen to music for up to 60 hours.
  • Music and movie-seeking from lock screen:  From your lock screen, you can now jump to specific parts of songs or movies. A long press of the play or pause button will let you select.
  • Step-counting:  Fitness freaks, Nexus 5 and an app called “Moves” will act as a pedometer and count your steps.
  • Chromecast support:  Nothing really new here.
  • Bluetooth MAP support:  Bluetooth-enabled cars can exchange messages with your devices.
  • Chrome web view:  Applications that embed web content now use Chrome to render web components accurately and quickly.
  • Close captioning:  Android 4.4 supports closed captioning and subtitles. Head into Settings>Accessibility to access this setting.
  • Device management:  Android Device Manager is built-in, but that’s not necessarily new.
  • Downloads app redesign:  The Downloads app no longer looks terrible and matches up to current Android design language.
  • Secure app sandboxes:  Application sandboxes have been hardened with Security-Enhanced Linux.
  • Touchscreen improvements:  Response on the Nexus 5 and 4.4 should be faster than any Android device before it.

Woof. I’m out of breath. How cool is Android 4.4?

Via: Android

  • Domenck

    OI finally got my upgrade in the boys wow this is pretty cool all I can do now is just talked to the Machine I think I get back you scratch my nuts I can tell the phone to scratch my balls and my balls get scratch about that I can ask my wife for p****and she is it up on demand wow how is that for kids cat Kit Kat Wow this is beautiful

  • NickChamberlin

    Looks amazing, I get my Nexus 5 later today from UPS… SO excited!

  • Ali Kazemi

    will my nexus 7 (2012)get kit Kat?
    please answer me

  • chris125

    Wonder if the swipe left for google now was made as a result of all the devices with physical keys such as the galaxy line? This seems like it makes it much easier to access even with on screen keys. Like the change google

  • TemplarofLTE

    Google bought Quickoffice and is integrating it with Drive. 🙂

  • imwaiting

    i got a mail that my order is shipped today. i m hoping to see it soon.

  • Bob

    “a smarter caller id” still waiting for it to work when numbers have a comma+extension included in my address book

  • Glover

    When I read “All your messages in the same place” I got all excited, thinking that they added a message hub à la webOS or blackberry. **Disappointed** Yeah, I know, notification area, but you know what I mean, right?

  • Muhammad Aamir

    Android rocked, Apple shocked! #KillApple

  • mjmellin

    better question when will the S4 get it on Verizon

  • bryoneill11

    The 2 features that I was expecting are restricted profiles and landscape homescreen. Nothing about them In this update I guess

  • Shamo316

    “Tap-to-pay, built a new way: With a new open architecture for NFC payments, you should be able to make NFC payments with most phones, no matter who the carrier is”

    so it will finally work on verizon??? love it already if this is true


  • Marco Mendoza

    Google should of put an ir blaster on the nexus 5

    • joejoe5709

      I would have taken a larger battery, better camera, and bottom headphone jack over an IR blaster. Pretty minor thing, really.

      • Marco Mendoza

        For me the camera is decent on my nexus 4. I don’t need that much battery. My nexus 4 last me a full day. An ir blaster would be convenient for me

  • BobtheGreatII

    Holy cow, the caller ID thing is going to be really nice.

  • Brendon Maldonado

    Discussion Point: So, will the emoji support go into the Google Keyboard available on Google Play? Anything on 4.1+ has limited emoji support, so you’d think they would get access to the ones in the Google Keyboard

  • NexusMan

    I am LOVING these new features!

  • Tim Buchanan

    “With a new open architecture for NFC payments, you should be able to make NFC payments with most phones, no matter who the carrier is.”

    I see you’re unfamiliar with Verizon.

    • CHRIS42060

      Oh but they are…… That is why they opened the architecture up and not longer need to access that evil secured element.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Lot of power saving measure. No wonder they felt they only needed to put a 2300mAh battery in it.

  • duke69111

    Low-power audio playback: On the Nexus 5, 4.4 lets you listen to music for up to 60 hours.
    Is this just the Nexus 5? Or will future updates of phones to 4.4 support this?

  • duke69111

    Email app refresh: The stock Email app (not Gmail) received an entire makeover.
    Its about time. The stock Email app has always show the sender instead of the receiver in the sent folder.

  • thedonxr

    Bluetooth MAP finally! Now my car will read my texts!

  • Jeremy Martin

    Tap-to-pay, built a new way: With a new open architecture for NFC payments, you should be able to make NFC payments with most phones, no matter who the carrier is.

    Google Wallet now for Verizon? I am very interested in this!

    • NexusMan

      Yup. They engineered a workaround. Wallet no longer relies on a “secure element” on the NFC chip. The new Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 are the 1st Google devices to actually have this type of NFC chip engineered into them.

  • Ironclad1313

    I’m worried about that new NFC open architecture. As great as it sounds, I wonder if it’s going to make upgrades take even longer because we all know how much Verizon loves its secure element NFC. Still, can’t wait to try this stuff out!

  • Cael

    Ok Google, put that launcher in Google Play!

    • Michigan Guy


  • Jeremy

    Will we see this on the new DROID lines?

  • RW-1

    I can do without emoji, but Kellen, you should post up the first time you get a look at the revamped stock email app …

  • Knlegend1


  • Christian

    Album Art full screen on the lock screen. FINALLY…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111111111111111111

  • Alan Baez

    ir blaster support but no ir blaster on the nexus 5

  • Cristi

    Email app refresh – finally

  • Droon

    Ordered a 32GB Nexus 5. I will be switching from Verizon to AT&T GoPlan once it gets here.

    Verizon has great coverage in my area. I am a little nervous about the switch, but from what friends have said, AT&T works great for them.

    • Hothfox

      I am doing the exact same thing. Yay!

    • RW-1

      Same, but may wait until I have the extra $100 for the 32Gb …

      • spovat

        extra 50*

    • I am going Aio (ATT) or T-Mobile. Still deciding.

  • Wazzifer

    If that’s all the changes, I am not that butthurt about not getting it any time soon on my T-Mobile Note 3.

  • Kevin

    i hope it’s truly mine in the near future, but i’m sure verizon will have their fun first.

  • Droid Ronin

    Google acquired QuickOffice, which is why it is baked into Android and integrated within Drive.

    • Miles Prower

      Plus, for those of us who have colleagues that rely on MS Office products, Drive by itself won’t cut it. Either QuickOffice or OfficeSuite will give you a fighting chance if you need to participate in whatever work that needs to get done when you’re away from your desk.

  • Brian Menius

    MAP! MAP! MAP!

    I know; I’m one of the only ones who cares, but… MAP! Yes!

    That new caller ID deal sounds pretty trick, too.

  • saif

    No new back-up/restore device option????

    • joejoe5709

      True story… where is that?

  • Itchy_Robot

    No MMS support for Hangouts… does this mean that group texting is not coming? I know most text apps use MMS to create group texts.

    • PhillipCun

      scroll down d-l.com. there’s an article about hangouts MMS support

  • Pratik Holla

    How does the lockscreen control thing work? is it only for chromecast/local music play back or would the nice image be compatible with widgets from spotify and pandora?

  • Fresh360

    We now have system wide emojis. The phone wars are now over! *sarcasm, but no not really* This was really the only thing iPhone people have been holding over my head…

    • Wow

      The amount of discussion regarding emojis in this thread is alarming. No, I’m not having a ‘get off my lawn!’ moment here. Emojis? Really? Holy Effing Christ.

      • Fresh360

        It’s the small things my friend its the small things lol

  • runner30

    A noob question….how will emojis work across android to ios? I think I read somewhere that some are unicode and will convert from one platform to another.

    • Brendan Owens

      Just like in 4.3 with the weird black-and-white emoji keyboard you could enable, the emojis are cross platform. A smiley face will always be a smiley face, but will be designed by Google on Android and by Apple on iOS.

      • runner30

        Very cool, thanks!

  • droidrazredge

    Can Kellex or anyone from the Droid-Life community confirm or check into whether something Google Voice has changed to allow it to get MMS from all carries now ? The reason I am asking is because ever since the change to hangouts with SMS support my Google Voice has been getting MMS messages from people from all carries, not just Sprint. I’m still on build number

    • Ryan Cota

      That is a interesting thing, would be interesting to find out. My guess is that the same back end servers and core functionality run both Voice and Hangouts, so the add feature is surprising, but I guess not surprising since they eventually want to roll the whole thing into Hangouts at some point.

    • Ryan Cota
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  • Tom Z

    Hopefully, they updated maps back to version 6.14.4 from version 7.

    • Jeff C

      Why on earth would you want that?

      There is one feature I’d like back (tap to measure)…but the rest is far better.

  • jgemberton

    Looks good on paper.

  • triumphtriple

    Faster Multitasking Section:

    “race down the highway with the latest hit game”

    They’re endorsing street racing on your local highway and playing games at the same time!?
    “All without a [trailer] hitch.”

  • htowngtr

    can’t wait to do secure payments at grocery stores or other places that use the NFC mastercard thing… don’t have to carry a wallet around

    • Godzilla

      where would you keep your license?

      • htowngtr

        They never ask for it

        • Godzilla

          what if you get pulled over?

          • htowngtr

            Walking into a grocery store?

          • Godzilla

            driving to the grocery store

    • runner30

      Do most self checkout lanes have NFC payments?

      I honestly would not know at my grocery stores because I never had an incentive to look for them.

      I feel like my little city won’t have many NFC payment options.

      • htowngtr

        They all have them here at HEB, Sprout, Trader Joes, etc.

        • runner30

          Thanks. Makes google wallet less awesome when you can’t universally leave your wallet in the car when out and about….but that’s not google’s fault.

      • Godzilla

        i have yet to see one

      • Will

        In the UK Asda, McDonalds, Subway, even corner shops support contactless payments. I’m sure many more will follow.

  • Michael Quinlan

    Clearly you don’t know the meaning of “all” in “all-in-one”. With all the time Google had saved by not working on Google Voice, you’d think they would have it integrated into Hangouts already.

  • MikeSaver

    I am an owner of a Verizon GNEX with unlimited data.

    Color me completely unsure of what next steps to take here.

    • palomosan

      I’m on the same boat but I’m jumping ship, I’m done with contracts unless Verizon changes their stand.

    • Godzilla

      leave verizon

      • MikeSaver

        I’m a little worried about the service, according to a coverage map from rootsmetric the only two at&t deadspots in Boston are my apartment and my office.

        So I dont want to jump to AT&T, find out I have no coverage, and then have to go back to Verizon on tiered. Also the whole number switching thing.

        Anyway, I’m considering it but i have reasons to be nervous about it.

        • Godzilla

          yup, same boat as me.

          • MikeSaver

            What are you doing, Godzilla?

          • Godzilla

            got myself an S4 in June and im happy with it. I have a nexus 7 that I will enjoy 4.4 with. I go camping and fishing in too manyplaces out west where verizon is the only signal, im stuck with them.

          • Rich Flores

            Camping and fishing doesn’t require ELECTRONIC DEVICES, GOD DAMMIT! I assure you, the world can live without you for a few days of R&R.

          • Not really your call to make, is it bro? Godzilla here might enjoy camping and fishing ALONE, and as such, it’s nice to have a signal in case of an emergency.

          • Rich Flores

            I was not being serious. Doesn’t really matter to me if he has electronics, but think about how nice it would be to just enjoy being outside and fishing in peace, bro.

          • RoninX

            Fishing is better with a thermal camera and a taser…

          • Brian Menius

            I dare say that would make it tolerable.

          • Daistaar

            Something about Godzilla taking a break from it all and going on a fishing trip with son of Godzilla is insanely hilarious in my head!

        • I Am Awesome

          I’m in the same predicament, different area of the country though… hate VZW and want to jump ship.. still hanging onto my unlimited though. Your number switching comment caught me… isn’t it portable?

          • MikeSaver

            Oh i have no idea, i’ve never switched carriers before. I just assume you have to use a new number

          • Godzilla

            no you can use your number you have now

          • I Am Awesome

            I’m pretty certain that by law as of years ago they are required to allow you to take your number with you. Congress had to pass that because carriers were using it as a means to keep disgruntled customers loyal.

        • joejoe5709

          Ditto. Not leaving. Probably going to pick up a G2 sometime before Christmas and see how that goes.

        • mrjayviper

          try prepaid with AT&T? just to check for quality of signal of course

    • Travillion

      I left Verizon for AT&T in August, haven’t been happier. Actually, Verizon had a dead zone in my house so it was a forced move…. But, I thought I’d never leave the unlimited data–4GB shared between the wife and I has been just fine. I’ll miss unlimited when I travel and can’t download HD movies for the plane in the airport any more, but, with a little foresight I can accommodate. The device selection on Verizon was just awful, and being forced onto their slow 3G whenever I lost LTE was really bad, too. With AT&T I fall back onto HSPA+ whenever not in range of LTE.

    • i’m considering a moto x or a G2

      • Tucker Nebel

        Get the X. It’s awesome.

    • nivek31

      I have the same plan as you but I’m switching to Tmo as soon as I get my N5.

    • Pakmann2k

      I had an opportunity to keep my unlimited so I got an Ultra. Price was better than. The X and I always was a Droid fan anyway. If you happen to stay, I would give them a look. Always best suggestion, go to a store and window shop before you make a decision you might regret. I am not saying any if the other carriers are bad but make sure you are going to get a good signal and all that junk. Good luck. Happy for you Nexus guys. I am sure I’ll have another one in a year or two. It was fun.

  • ScoobySnack

    “How cool is Android 4.4?”
    Cool until you realize most current devices won’t see it for a long time or may never see it… 🙁

    • MikeSaver

      Yep, I was already woken up from my nexus dream by Ron.

      This announcement is really cool but meaningless to most people who will wait months to sniff it. The GS4 JUST received 4.3 and people were treating it like a miracle.

      • PhillipCun

        buy the GPE or a Nexus then.

    • TheDrizzle

      Yup, exactly why I only buy Nexus devices. Sweet, sweet updates.

  • TjZ

    Email app refresh: The stock Email app (not Gmail) received an entire makeover.
    Why do you need both?

    • Adrynalyne

      Gmail doesn’t support other accounts?

      • Steve B


    • Adam Truelove

      Not everyone uses gmail for all their email needs. Some don’t use gmail at all. Yeah, I know, it’s crazy.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Stock email app will pull from any POP3 or IMAP account (I think they pulled Exchange support though).

      • KraYzeE

        Where do you get that info? I cant see them dropping Exchange support, that’s HUGE!

    • Dan

      Corporate email.

  • Pierito

    I am pleased.

  • BrianLipp

    The homescreen switching from Settings is a much needed addition. no more need for apps to disable default or to dig into app settings to find it. Will be really helpful if Google truly does break their launcher into its own app and will hopefully help 3rd party launchers since it will be easier for people to figure out how to switch.

    The one thing im disappointed that they didnt do is improvements to the Quick Settings. They need to implement a lot of things people have done with custom ROMs and apps like Gravity Box. ie:
    -Swipe down over the clock to pull down quick settings instead of notifications
    -reordering of tiles
    -allow add/remove of tiles and allow app devs to create things to put in quick settings
    -ability to set tap/long press actions

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      I agree with some of the quick settings comments, but I also realize why the first was left out for phones due to the limited screen real estate. It could be frustrating at times, though that is how it works on tablets.
      I am not really sure that those kinds of customizations need to be baked into AOSP. While it would be nice, it also introduces complexity, which needs to be balanced around simplicity and usability. I assume that is why they haven’t added all the insane homescreen customization tools you can find in most apps. Perhaps those kinds of updates are on tap for 5.0, which will likely be the next major visual refresh (if they follow their trend).

      • BrianLipp

        true, they dont need to be baked into AOSP, but if they dont allow some customization in 5.0, they should at least create some sort of “Quick Settings API” to allow 3rd party devs to allow you to mess around with it without requiring root.

  • Steven KC


  • Croq

    About time with true Emoji support. Tired of all these hacks to get it to work…

    • Alex Boro

      and not to mention we have color emoji now. Now I can see what all my iphone friends are really saying

    • qwert3y

      will non android users be able to see them? If they can’t then that sucks because they look way better than the iOS ones i have now.

      • ERIFNOMI

        Emoji are basically characters in a separate font pack that are then replaced by those stupid little colored faces. They’re device specific. iOS users will still see the same emoji they’ve always seen when you send them one.

        • qwert3y

          Thanks, at least I’ll be able to see the android ones then

    • mrjayviper

      i suppose this will be coming to the keyboard available on the store?

    • carluverdrm2004

      What if I use Swype instead of the stock Android keyboard? 🙁

      • Well with the new Hangouts app there’s a dedicated emoji button. But for everything else, you’re out of luck

        • Aethan

          Not true. Holding down the “Enter/Return” button will bring an option to use emojis.

          • I’m pretty sure that only works with the Google Keyboard though. And if you don’t have kitkat yet (if you just installed the keyboard apk), then the emoji aren’t even in color. Which really sucks.

  • Diablo81588

    Great, so we get to have choppy scrolling in web wrapped apps now! Chrome is horrible on mobile.. Other than that I see a ton of awesome new features.

    • Shane Redman

      Curious to know which device you’re having troubles in chrome with…

      • Diablo81588

        On every device I’ve ever used chrome has had choppy scrolling. I’m currently using a moto x and dolphin is 5 times smoother.

        • Adam Truelove

          True, it’s particularly horrible on older phones.

      • Zach B.

        Like… every device.

        • Shane Redman

          Must be a case-by-case thing, because I’ve had no issues since switching from the gnex to a maxx

          • Carlton Crasher

            No offense to any who read this but I had a buddy that had stock toucheiz on his s3 and said it was silky smooth with no stutter or lag…some people don’t see or are blind to things that aren’t smooth….

          • Shane Redman

            Oh. I completely agree. I might be one of those ppl who just don’t see it. Works well enough for me. I can tell the difference between gnex, maxx, and even N7 2013. But to say that its still got issues is probably not for me in that department

          • Carlton Crasher

            exactly and some don’t care at all…personally i’ve seen devices grow more powerful even within the same OS version and the pain comes from the fact that at times the stutter and fps ui lag, gets worse and grows better but has been an issue from day one and still continues on the most overly powerful phones…I don’t run touchwiz i run a 4.3.1 CarbonRom on my S3 and while it rarely stutters its still there even overclocked on CPU/GPU

  • Randy Young

    Curious to see how many of the features are implemented in other devices. It seems like quite a few of the cool features are written specifically about the Nexus 5. I want to see how many Samsung will let get through to my S4 once they’ve TouchWiz’d it.

    • Godzilla

      a lot of these updates might take place via google services via the play store, meaning samsung cant touch that. We shall see.

      • Adrynalyne

        “Not compatible with any of your devices”

        Don’t be so sure, lol

        • Eric

          That would be on google not samsung.

          • Adrynalyne

            All Samsung has to introduce is a feature that isn’t whitelisted. Applications on Google Play are not whitelisted by model number alone.

            So no, not necessarily.

      • Randy Young

        Fingers crossed! I’ve loved how much functionality they’ve already stripped out so they can be updated through the play store.

    • Adam Truelove

      Do yourself a favor and put a pure Android ROM on that S4.

      • Randy Young

        I just might have to. Was holding out on loading a custom Rom until I saw if KitKat was worth it. So far, looks like it’s time to ditch TouchWiz once and for all when the first 4.4 roms come out.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Hangouts: Vic Gundotra just shared a G+ post stating explicitly that the new Hangouts supports SMS and MMS.


    • Godzilla

      yeah but when will we have it

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        “Starting today, you can check out Hangouts v2 on #nexus5 , and over the next few weeks, we’ll be rolling it out to everyone on the Play Store.”

        Standard staged rollout it looks like.

        • Godzilla

          via the playstore, that is good to hear.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Wait, did you expect that the new Hangouts would only be available on 4.4+? That makes no sense. Heck, even the SMS and MMS integration works on 4.0+.

          • Godzilla

            I thought that it was a possibility but I was hoping google wasnt so dumb, faith restored, haha.

          • MikeSaver

            yes the 4.0+ thing gave me a boner

  • Jeff Helget

    it’s the pleats… it’s actually an optical illusion, the pattern on the pants… they, uh… flattering in the… crotchal region…

    • Robert Bailey

      I can’t give enough up votes for this!!!

      • EC8CH

        Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

  • mi470

    If they’re truly bringing Kit Kat to older Android devices that haven’t received updates in a while (Atrix 2 owner here) this will be one of the best days of my life.

    • qwert3y

      they aren’t

      • Carlton Crasher

        I agree it only means for those buying future cheap and midrange devices will have a “better” experience than they have in years gone by with android…right?

    • Toto’s Dewclaw

      They NEVER said it was going to older devices- they said lower spec’d/lower end devices could handle it…unfortunately these are two different thoughts.

    • TheWenger

      Still up to the OEMs to make it happen. Always has been, always will be.

  • Steve B

    It’s safe to say that all the peeps who said 4.4 was a minor upgrade have been silenced. This is the most significant OS update I’ve seen since becoming a Fandroid.

    • Godzilla

      It’s not a super major update but certainly not minor.

    • Adrynalyne

      You must be post-GB era then.

      ICS was the most significant update.

      • mustbepbs

        GB to ICS was amazing.

      • Steve B

        Yeah, I guess you’re probably right. New multitasking, new launcher, on screen nav.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      It definitely deserves the 4.x version much more than 4.2/4.3. The fact that they gave it a new designation (K) shows they believe it to be a rather significant update.

    • joejoe5709

      Easily the biggest update since ICS. It’s arguable it’s the biggest one ever even thought it’s still based on ICS. We’re finally getting several things that we’ve been begging for. Kit Kat will not only silence the Fandroids, but the iSheep as well. This is it. This is the update we needed.

      • Steve B

        Agreed. Finally.

  • Looks great.

  • Drome

    Infrared blasting: If you own a phone with an IR blaster, 4.4 supports the controlling of TVs.
    But not on nexus 5?!?!?!

    • Godzilla

      i have it on my S4 and honestly its not that big a deal.

      • Drome

        I have it on my HTC One and love it. never have to look for the remote again

      • matt

        I really wish they had included it in the n5 for one reason, I run xbmc for my media center instead of paying for cable. I already use the Yatse app to control xbmc, if it could also turn on and off my TV I could throw away all my remotes.

        Hopefully the nexus 7 refresh next year will have it because I will pick that up right away!

  • Godzilla

    I need roar to text support

    • palomosan

      Man that’s a lot of small changes that make the experience more pleasing than what already is, Android just keeps getting better.

      Oh! how I remember the days of the OG Droid.

      • Droidzilla

        Doesn’t the OG have 512MB RAM? Kit-Kat OTA for the OG Droid nao, Verizon! RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!

        • Anon

          256MB…. there are a ton of older phones though that have 512mb+(Thunderbolt anyone?!)… that developers could make a kit-kat rom workable…

          • Daistaar

            Thunderbolt was a sexy 768mb RAM but that 1ghz single core would hardly make it worth it. Now if the Rezound got it….

          • Jamie Andrews

            Google Nexus one is surely capable of running KitKat. 😉

        • nicholas_chamberlin

          You’re too amazing 😀

  • Andrew

    Gah! All of this needs to be on my Moto X right now!

  • Greg Morgan

    Can’t wait for hangouts and to see the refreshed email app.

  • Brandal Wagener

    Everything looks great! Not very excited about having to switch between Messaging and SMS though. Hope that’s a quick fix

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      No need, Hangouts supports MMS as well. Actually, all messaging apps should be able to support SMS & MMS since they are handled natively in 4.4 rather than through the stock messaging app.

      • turdbogls

        right, but it looks like you have to specify how you want to send something…so hangouts doesn’t automatically say “hey, this person isn’t on hangouts yet, or is “away” lets send an SMS instead of a message” or vice versa. hopefully they smooth this out a little over time. its better than nothing though.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          I don’t know, that seems like a pretty huge omission. I’m thinking that it gives you the option to specify, but will send to whatever you designate as the default without any specific intention. Google is usually pretty good at those kinds of things.

        • PhillipCun

          we’ll have to wait and see to know… but i hope you’re wrong for the sake the the UX

          • turdbogls

            me too. i am holding on to hope that this is just an early build, and when the final one comes from the play store, they will be merged.
            i doubt its happening that way though 🙁

    • David Mann

      Agreed. imessage blends them together and this is the correct way to do it. I wonder if Apple has a patent on that though.

      • Chris Schmucker

        Most likely