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Friday Poll: What’s Your Favorite New Feature in Android 4.4 “Kit Kat”


Kit Kat brings a ton of new features for both developers and end users. It could easily be one of single biggest list of changes made to the Android OS since Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, and we want to know which feature has you most excited. The entire system has received sort of a facelift, with newly transparent on-screen buttons and navigation bar, and plenty of other features like the updated Google Experience Launcher, an updated smart dialer app, SMS/MMS integration into Hangouts, and a whole lot more.

If it’s something that isn’t listed, let us know down below in the comments section.

What's your favorite new feature in Android 4.4 Kit Kat?

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  • Andy Stetson

    This poll is hilarious, “Integration of SMS and MMS into Google Hangouts” isn’t even part of 4.4, it is part of the Hangouts update. “Emoji’s Everywhere” is essentially a keyboard update.
    Faster Multitasking, Performance Tweaks makes sense, fullscreen artwork, immersive mode, IR support, UI, Dialer and Something Else all make sense for the poll. I’ll include the GEL as well, since it is not available on the Play store.

  • Chippah

    I may get some flak for this, but on the Note 3 I ran the 4.4 launcher all weekend and went back to touchwiz.

    the KK launcher just seems bare and “stripped down” not even scrolling folders and a limit on how many icons i can stash in em?


    I do love the left swipe to now and open mic to “ok Google now” those features DO rock.. I hope to see s-voice wake-up from sleep to open google now.

  • I do not like the 4.4, but to answer your question, to me, perhaps my favorite version of this in a simple interface, crisp and not showy

  • KanishkSingh

    Integration of sms and hangout is not a kitkat feature but more of a Google hangout feature

  • JDMendiola

    did anyone else get a shipping confirmation this morning ? i got an email at 4:42am PST . i selected the 2 day shipping , ill be getting my N5 by Tuesday ! :> and I placed my order Oct 31st at 12:55pm PST. I’m a happy camper

    • LionStone

      I placed my order by 11:15a PST on Fri. and got my email/shipping yesterday, Nov 1, 6p PST. It works better for me to get later, so I took regular ground, it says by Thurs next week but I suspect it’ll maybe be Wed, so I’ll be ready, Godspeed truck driver! 🙂

  • Itaré

    i really hope they have improved the performance

  • CensoredByU

    There’s a new religion in town born by the blood of the digital age and created by the lords of information. Behold the Droid.

  • Steve Blowjobs

    They are all great of course. I like everything I invented.

  • Performance tweaks by far.

  • ICU

    I like the new and improved NSA monitor feature.

  • roiji

    Something else — compatibility with more devices. RAM requirement is at 512MB.

  • omgitzjose

    maybe im late to this party but why does kitkat look exactly like jelly bean on the nexus 7?

  • asad77

    associate degree hour! Seriously i do not recognize why additional folks
    haven’t tried this, I work 2 shifts, a pair of hours within the day and a
    pair of within the evening…And whats impressive is Im engaging from home
    therefore i buy longer with my youngsters. Heres wherever I

  • SMS/MMS integration, Chromium WebView (bout time) Immersive mode, lower memory requirements, and the full screen artwork is a nice touch for higher res album art.

  • carluverdrm2004

    Everything, really! it looks like a great update. I can’t wait to get a Moto X and eventually get 4.4!

  • jimingo

    Backing up thenapp and data without root.

  • mikeym0p

    I’m torn between NFC Tweaks, and ART.

  • yshrsmz

    As a web developer, Chromium besed webview is the most exciting feature

  • patt

    Favorite feature is seeing Verizon Wireless forums and seeing all the people like 50-60 maybe scaring verizon and telling them , they are leaving only because of Nexus5 lol

  • Johnseph


  • Montrale Hammonds

    So am I the only one who’s excited about recording what’s on your screen? That by far was the best thing I heard.

  • Jeff Murillo

    For all wondering why the galaxy nexus didn’t receive 4.4, remember that Google only promises two years of support for their devices. My favorite feature if the improved RAM management, my nexus 7 2012 was starting to slowdown. Thanks Google.

  • Shawn Phelps

    Bluetooth MAP profile. Because that should have been done two years ago.

  • jefbystereo

    I like how its optimized to work on low end devices that only have 512 mb of ram. I cant wait to get it on my less than 2 year old Gnex that has double that spec… /s

  • Jay Ochs

    random question, but is there a reason why the status bar and navbar are NOT transparent on the tablet version? that kind of sucks.

    • rihanna

      If you download the new launcher apk your nav bar and status bar will be transparent. Tablet 4.4 doesn’t come with the new launcher for whatever reason.

  • Brandon Golway

    I voted for performance enhancements because it still kind of bothers me that even my S4 is a little laggy at times even on SlimROM and having all cores active at 1.8 GHz and the GPU pegged at 504 MHz.

  • EVERYTHING! I have been so hyped for this. It’s gonna be my first phone too!

  • NowTHATSanOS

    I like that it looks more like iOS.

    • joejoe5709

      That’s your opinion, but hey if you’re coming from iOS welcome to the club!

  • TUT


    • Vincent Marino

      Got some bad news…

  • LionStone

    I picked new translucent system UI…but I also love that we will be able to pull down notification panel from any app, without having to back out! 🙂

  • Wheres the “laugh at verizon users” option

    • Tim242

      Laugh all you want. We have a better phone, the best network, and unlimited data!

      • Brandon Golway

        Unlimited data? Sorry Tim, that’s only for people who are grandfathered in and it will eventually get taken away. T-Mobile offers true unlimited data and they’re slowly rising to be a real competition to Verizon and AT&T, it may take a year or two but soon they’ll be a major competitor.

        • Tim242

          Most of us on this blog still have unlimited. You saying it will get taken away is just wishful thinking. Tmobile’s coverage works for few. They are not doing anything with their EDGE only areas, which make up most of their network. I tested them out. I’m glad I had my Verizon phone with me.

          • Brandon Golway

            You do realize that this blog is maybe 2% of Verizon’s total users right? Verizon is all about screwing you for the most money, do you seriously think that they won’t find a way to take unlimited data from you on THEIR network at some point?

            Not doing anything with their EDGE networks huh? Then how come in an area where I always had EDGE I now have HSPA??

          • Doan

            “Verizon is all about screwing you for the most money”

            This is the goal of every business corporation.

          • Brandon Golway

            Not necessarily. While companies do intend to make lots of money, a lot do it in the way that they actually charge reasonable prices for the products that they offer. There’s a difference between paying a lot for quality products/services and paying a lot and getting screwed over. See every ISP/Cable corporation in America. Also you pay top dollar to be on Verizon and they with hold updates, say you can’t modify a phone that you rightfully own, etc…

            Google makes a crapload of money, but do they screw their customers over? Definitely not.

          • John Kitchen

            I pay top dollar with Verizon because I have LTE, meanwhile my friends with AT&T have 3G data most of the time, HSPA+ some of the time. My brother’s T-Mobile phone is a brick when he comes to visit. Yes, it’s expensive but at the same time I live in northern Michigan and get 20MBps+ on my cellphone. Premium service has a premium price.

          • Brandon Golway

            I live in a more or less big farming town in Southern NJ and we have LTE that is about 15 Mbps and I’d only pay $80 for unlimited everything (not counting the device payments and JUMP)! Verizon has been saying that we’re going to get LTE “soon” starting two years ago, as far as I know we still don’t have it.

          • Tim242

            This blog is 2% of Verizon users…what percent of this blog wants a Nexus? What percent of people outside of this blog wants a Nexus? It is more niche than the Note. As far as unlimited data, they could take it away at any time. They aren’t. Why would they? They get to double dip. Tmobile’s network is trash in most places. If you are one of the lucky few, congrats.

        • HarvesterX

          They have the G2 but that’s not carrier specific so off the list… But they carry it. Plus I’m on 4.3 now and the maintainers of G2 CyanogenMod said thst 4.4 will be around within weeks. They are working on it alongside 10.2 and once 10.2 gets a stable release it’s 4.4 time. We shady have a stable monthly snapshot so won’t be long. Rejoice G2 users! I can’t wait to see the battery improvements from 4.4 added to the extremely efficient battery as is. I am hoping for a stock LG 4.4 ROM though (from LG) sometime soon but who knows.

      • Ur joking right, verizon used to be the best. Imo tmobile is the best. Thier sevice in san diego is top notch, faster then vwz. Price is certainly cheaper, unlimited data, no contracts, every phone is available….yeah

        • omgitzjose

          that may be the case for san diego but i had tmobile in Miami and the tri-state area and there service was HORRIBLE! i may be paying a premium for it but with VZ atleast i know im going to have service everywhere i go.

        • John Kitchen

          Unlimited data is like an all you can eat buffet. The quality isn’t there so they have to give it away to compete. Go to the midwest and have fun trying to even make a call with T-Mobile. I know my brother can’t when he comes to visit.

  • Tom Z

    Something else: The NFC upgrade!

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Memory management. In a JVM environment, that’s big.

  • Even though SMS and MMS merged. Its not really merged. Its still separate. And oh, no Google voice support. What a joke. Shouldn’t be top feature

    • Doan

      It’s personal preference. Compared to other services, Voice isn’t widely used, therefor it is not important to most people.

      • Tim242

        Really? Then please explain why they put it on the iOS version where there are even fewer Voice users.

        • Doan

          My comment was in regards to this feature being the top vote.

          • Tim242

            Yeah, that is silly. It isn’t even a “Kit Kat” feature.

  • Stephen Cox

    Its definitely the part where it looks up a phone number that isn’t in contacts and lets you know who it is. I don’t know how many times I have gotten random calls and am like “who the hell is this?”.

    And I still don’t see what the hubbub is with hangouts… but to each their own.

  • AlexKCMO

    I’m really underwhelmed by the integration of SMS into hangouts. I don’t see it as different at all; and now my favorite feature is gone. I tried it last night and the ability to mark Reply | Read | View is gone from the pull down menu. I think this might be a CM feature, but without that, I went back to the SMS app.

    Also; the fact that SMS and Hangouts don’t weave into each other was very disappointing. I would hope that if I get a hangout message that says “Want to get Pizza?” then the same person sends me a SMS “So, how about that Pizza?” I would expect it to seamlessly show me the two messages, not forcing me to switch the thread I’m looking at.

    Once CM or Google builds in the ability for me to reply from my notification pulldown, I may go back. I feel like it’s close, but so far.

  • Pedro

    How about finally available?

    Give me a week or so with it before I choose.

  • Jeremy Martin

    My “Something else” is the new way they do “tap to pay” regarding NFC. I am hoping this will allow phones getting 4.4 to finally be able to use Google Wallet regardless if Verizon wants to allow it or not.

  • Jim Trayer

    This is off topic but the “Free Sim cards” from t-mobile they billed my credit card for $2.15 for them. They grudgingly reversed the charges and didn’t believe me when I said that it was free on the 29th. My thought is that about 7000 of you may have a similar problem. It’s only 2 bucks but it is the principal of it. You may want to check your credit card statement.

    • Jonathan Williams

      Odd because mine didn’t

  • T4rd

    Hangouts is off to a good start with SMS integrations, but it still has a bit to go to compete with iMessage; seperate threads for SMS and Hangouts messages, Hangouts doesn’t let you SMS from the desktop/tab client, SMS still requires you to have a texting plan on your line to use, and no Google Voice support (though it’s supposedly coming). I hope Google plans on ironing these things out at some point, but for now, I’m still happy with it. Oh, and I wish I could at least change the theme of it to all black because I hate white backgrounds/themes.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I feel that google could’ve only done a better job by adding “if data unavailable, send as SMS to # IF associated”and making SMS back up to hangouts (i’ll even take a slight delay) so you could have all the messages on tablets and chrome. Pushing a message from tablet to phone isn’t impossible, Mighty Text has proven it. I’m pretty sure iMessage begins to send the text, talks to apple servers to figure out if there is an apple id attached to the number, and then sends as whatever. It only sucks because we know Google can make the happen. Feeding us slowly.
      With all that said, I like the organization in 2.0.

  • joejoe5709

    Man oh man I keep finding little nuggets of goodness with Kit Kat every time I visit a tech site. There is FAR more background under-the-hood improvements than there is front facing user stuff. That and 4.3 made my Gnex feel almost new so I can’t imagine what 4.4 will do. That is why I chose Performance Tweaks.

    • Vincent Marino

      GNex isn’t getting Kitkat

      • joejoe5709

        Officially, yeah. Very few people (especially those who read this site and are aware of Kit Kat) who still own a GNex still care about being stock. We all know that devs carried the Gnex on their backs and that’s still true. There’s little doubt in my mind we’ll have a decently stable stock 4.4 ROM by the end of next week.

        • Vincent Marino

          Well a ROM just came out for it, but WiFi, camera, and sensors don’t work and there are some graphical glitches. I have a GNex, but I ordered a Nexus 5 so it’s not a big deal to me anymore.

  • mmark27

    Well, I for one like the increased Bluetooth profiles, mainly MAP. Samsung has been doing a terrible job of adding that in to their phones over the past 2 years. I’m hoping for proper support to my vehicle now after this.

  • turdbogls

    too much stuff. but i haven’t been able to check any of it out yet.
    i voted for the dialer, simply because i HATED the ICS/JB dialer with a passion.
    but the immersive experience should be awesome for apps and games
    performance increase is welcome
    the new home screen/Gnow is pretty sweet from what i have used.
    this is a great update google.

  • Tim242

    Integration of SMS into Hangouts IS NOT a Kit Kat feature. You people are clueless.

    • donkeykong85

      it should come standard with the 4.4 gapps so i would say its part of the 4.4 package.

      • Tim242

        It is a standalone app that is updated in the Play Store. It is not a Kit Kat feature.

        • Adam Truelove

          Not sure why you’re getting downvoted. You speak the truth.

          • Tim242

            People like to downvote instead of providing a reasonable response. I don’t concern myself with downvotes. So many times in history, we have seen the majority vote down human rights, but it doesn’t stop progress and truth : )

          • interstellarmind

            … Did you just compare your posting on a comments section about a feature on a phone to the civil rights movement and the like?

            Perspective, dude. Perspective.

          • Tim242

            I wasn’t comparing them. I was just pointing out how what the majority thinks isn’t always the right thing. Comprehension dude. Comprehension.

          • HarvesterX

            I upvote if I agree with somebody and want to make it known but don’t need the redundancy of rretyping it. If I disagree and don’t have time to dispute or just don’t find it worthy to dispute, I downvote. It’s as simple as that. I’ve upvoted you before as I agree with you on occasion and vice versa. No need for any panties to get bunched up. It’s all good m8.

        • Elliot Kotis

          So is the Google Experience Launcher, or the keyboard, grow a brain.

          • Tim242

            The Google Experience Launcher is not a separate app, and is not in the Play Store for download. It is only speculation that it will be later. I am aware that the keyboard is a seperarte app, as it is my keyboard of choice. I pointed out Hangouts, because it is leading the poll by a large margin. It’s those people that need to “grow a brain.”

    • Came included with the update to 4.4. We couldn’t pull the app UNTIL 4.4 was released. You of all people shouldn’t be calling anyone clueless, dude. You’re better than that. Come on. We’re one community, not a ton of individuals.

      • Tim242

        Regardless of who got it first, it is a standalone app updated in the Play Store. You can’t call that a feature of the OS. Google has purposely removed their apps from the OS. You of all people should understand that : )

        • TylerChappell

          You two should just get along because you’re both cute and named Tim. And thx again Tim for my Dark Andru last year! ;D

      • Justin W

        Feeding the resident troll 🙁

        • joejoe5709

          They should hire him to replace Ron.

          Just kidding, Ron. We love you.

          • Justin W

            Ron has good points (I actually think he’s a good addition to the site and wish he would write more articles – it’s good to see an iOS user’s perspective of things in the Android world). Tim242? Not so much.

        • Tim242

          Haha you are the one that argued that Verizon doesn’t double charge people buying full price devices. You argue for the sake of arguing. Hi pot, I’m kettle.

    • joejoe5709

      Come on dude… It’s part of the whole announcement. Don’t rain on our parade and get all literal with it.

      • Tim242

        Part of the announcement, but not a feature of Kit Kat. I just find it odd that an app update is leading this poll.

    • Adam Truelove

      Many of these items aren’t necessarily directly tied to Kit Kat, but that’s not the point of the poll. I think a better title would have been “What’s Your Favorite New Feature Google has announced in the past few weeks”

      I upvoted all your comments and I get what you’re saying, but you’re not going to win this battle.

    • Pedro

      Have you complained about the camera and battery yet? Just curious.

  • donkeykong85

    when it offers sms/mms/call support via hangouts and better battery life i will like it. otherwise i think any of the CM based roms on the market now and leap and bounds ahead of 4.4

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Said smart dialer because it wasn’t seen and an impressive feature. Performance tweaks includes optimization for lower end phones, right?

    • donkeykong85

      except they are not upgrading any lower end phones as google seems to think 1-1.5 yrs is more than enough life for any phone…even their nexus line.

      • Tim242

        Older phones are getting it. The Gnex is being left out because of its processor…TI OMAP.

        • Adam Truelove

          No, it’s being left out because Google’s policy is to only support hardware for up to 18 months. As for other older phones, regardless of the hardware in them, it’s up to the OEM.

          • Pedro

            I think that’s the ‘official’ reason they abandoned the phone. The real reason is all the low level stuff.

      • Michael Suriel

        The GNex isn’t getting updated mainly because Texas Instruments is out of the mobile soc game so support is gone. Google can’t do anything about it.

  • brkshr

    …and the favorite feature of Android 4.4 is an app update…

  • I voted for Host Card Emulation for NFC payments. No longer can the carriers stop the spread of tap to pay with Google Wallet.

    • Yep, fantastic choice. Forgot to add it as a main choice. Thanks!

      • Justin W

        I can’t wait for this to be thrown on my Note. I miss not using wallet with my Nexus 4 🙁

        • Skittlez

          i don’t think what you said means what i think you meant

          • Justin W

            I’m slightly confused lol. Once I get 4.4 on my Note 3, I’d be able to use Wallet to pay at NFC terminals, right? Or was my wording just wierd?

          • Tweekex

            “I miss NOT using wallet with my Nexus 4 :(”

            I think that is what confused him, it confused me lol.

          • Justin W

            Gotcha… Edited.

    • lensgrabber

      This is it!

    • Taylor Abrahamson

      This, this this this

    • Adam Truelove

      This may not be the most exciting feature for most, but it’s probably the most important/significant. Carriers need to have their power removed in as many ways as possible.

      • michael arazan

        The FCC needs to start setting up some better and more definitive regulations on the carriers and the BS they make up

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    • stacyallen125

      If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re
      not doing anything very innovative. Just move towards a new spam-free work to
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    • DC_Guy

      I can’t wait to see what reason Verizon comes up with to try to block this. I don’t know how, but somehow they will try. It wouldn’t be Verizon if they didn’t.

    • susanlawson124

      The sooner you get behind in your work, the more time you have
      to catch up. Here you can make money be spending some hours on your laptop.,,

    • JRomeo

      I didn’t even see that option on the voting list.

  • NorCalGuy

    The new Google now/ search. Very fluid especially the Google now as well as much easier to set up. But I guess that these could be included in the Google experience launcher.

  • Moe T

    So the iPhone gets call and SMS/MMS integration, and we don’t. What the hell Google?

    • Tim242

      You got SMS/MMS.

  • mg6453

    That one where I am stuck on 2.3 because Verizon and HTC decided that right after I purchased the Incredible 2, it didn’t need any upgrades. It is my favorite feature.

    • Homey

      Feelin ya man, will pour some out for you in T-Minus 63 minutes…

    • donkeykong85

      welcome to the world of google.

      • d-rock

        no..that’s welcome to the world of Verizon!

        • Ej McCarty

          I’d say both considering they dropped support for galaxy Nexus.

          • d-rock

            Galaxy Nexus is over 3 years old now….the memory chips in these devices aren’t designed to last longer than that. I have no qualms with Google not updating a 3+ year old device, nor would have an issue with a manufacture not updating a 2+ year old device.

            Additionally, it’s not like you won’t get 4.4 on a Gnex, just not officially from Google. There is ZERO comparison between google and Big Red. Google is pro customer, VZ is not.

          • malcmilli

            Gnex is only 2 years old, is it not?

          • Hothfox

            Wait, wait. The Galaxy Nexus is not “over three years old now”. It came out in November 2011. That puts it at two years.

            I think a lot of people are irritated because it’s not JUST a Verizon device. What’s their excuse for not updating their GSM and Sprint models like they have been? No – it’s because of TI, and the fact that they’re not producing mobile chips anymore. Who’s supposed to develop for a non-supported chipet? They also touted that KitKat should work really well on lower-end devices. Well, by your argument, shouldn’t the Galaxy Nexus be perfect for this update?

          • joejoe5709

            Two years, bucko. It’s not that old and it should have been supported. But I hear several good reasons why it won’t be from all over the place so it is what it is. Thank God for hard working devs.

          • d-rock

            oops…my bad, two years! haha….but yea, I see the point of not updating it really, and the TI reason is even better.

            I know this is more of a VZ thing more than anything else…it sucks, but move on. I did, and it was the greatest thing I did!

          • Jonathan Williams

            The Gnex is only about 2 years old.

          • d-rock

            yes….i know…i corrected myself (after I was previously corrected!)

  • Michael Suriel

    I really like the small things that Google did here and there but I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t expecting something big to come from this update. I think we all were expecting something big.

    • joejoe5709

      “Something big”? Like what?

      I think the collective of these things plus a design tweak constitutes a very major update. This is a huge step in the right direction. They’ve not only addressed nearly every major complaint we had, but also laid a foundation for future updates. Trust me, this is about as big as an update comes.

    • Jeff

      Nope, what we’re getting is more than I was expecting. Besides, with all that they have done, I don’t know how anyone could say that everything combined wasn’t ‘something big’.

    • Adam Truelove

      Kit Kat is better than anything else since 4.0 due to the sum of its parts. I don’t think we’ll ever see a major UI/UX overhaul again. They’re just going to keep constantly evolving it now.

      • joejoe5709

        Agreed. I wouldn’t be surprised if they go one more year with the 4.X era. They don’t have to do much anymore to stay competitive and it will all help fragmentation the longer they hold out. Not that it’s a good example, but how long did it take iOS to overhaul? 3-4 years on the same basic version isn’t unheard of.

        That said… I think a few impatient nerds might get a little pissed if there isn’t a major UI overhaul next time around.

      • Michael Suriel

        Yeah you’re probably right. I just want to know what the next ground breaking feature is going to be; and not something like smart pause either… something truly useful

        • joejoe5709

          Don’t we all… I can’t even imagine what they’ll come up with next. It seems they’ve at least gotten 90% of my needs though. Anything else is almost gravy at this point.

          I haven’t heard much about this supposed new backup feature. Something along the lines of Koush’s Helium (Carbon) backup would be really nice. Maybe that’s coming later via a Google Drive update or something. That way it’s not dependent on what version you’re running.

      • HarvesterX

        According to Google, you’ll get a 20% improvement in battery life.

  • undercoverduck

    it not having galaxy nexus support ha aha ha i’m sad

    • Blue Sun

      Shiny ROM 4.4 is coming soon(TM)

      • undercoverduck

        Oah, thanks for the heads up! Hadn’t heard of this rom before

    • was this confirmed? must have missed it.

  • AnyOneElse

    I tried the new hangouts app and while it is really cool I think the Sliding Messenger app is best of any messaging app. There are so many options that go with it and being able to reply from the notification center or having the message slide up while in another app is just awesome. I thought more people would be into this app by now, plus the dude is killing it with almost daily updates! I love hangouts but it doesn’t hold a candle next to sliding! Anyone else have any thoughts on this, why the craze for hangouts?

    • tone

      I agree with u.. Its gotten better and better damn near daily

    • Hothfox

      I like the concept of Hangouts’ integrated SMS, but the fact that it’s still a separate thread, and not mixed in by time with the hangout conversation almost takes away the awesomeness for me.

      • jaylanPHNX

        This! I was really disappointed when I found the threads weren’t integrated.

  • Shane Redman

    No one’s going to bring up the clock huh….they finally got rid of that half bold clock and we’re just going to gloss over that?! Easily the biggest updated feature of all Android history X-D

  • Bryan Saroza

    How about a reason to leave big red?

    • BobButtons

      There were many before KitKat came along.

      • Bryan Saroza

        Yes however none were this close to my contact ending.

      • TerribleCoverage

        Except for reception 🙁

  • imnotmikal

    I voted SMS/MMS even though pics won’t send….

  • NeMiCyS

    Universal Contact Look-up in the Phone App….Or whatever they wanna call it.

  • Adam Truelove

    I have a Gnex, so Faster Multitasking, Performance Tweaks for me, followed closely by the new UI/UX stuff.

    All my friends use Hangouts so SMS integration isn’t a huge deal to me.

    • rthvk

      I assume this guy didn’t get the memo

      • Adam Truelove


        • veRdiKt

          Someone get this guy the memo. I don’t wanna break it to this poor chap with his GNex.

          • TheDrizzle

            I’m sure he’s referring to the custom ROMs that will come out.

          • Adam Truelove

            This!! Thank you. This guy gets it!

          • Ej McCarty

            I’ll break it to him as long as you never use the word chap on an American website again. Thanks 🙂

        • TheDrizzle

          The GNex is not scheduled to “officially” get 4.4. But there will no doubt be custom ROMS.

          • Adam Truelove

            Right, I know this. ROMS!!!!

      • RomYoSh

        Come now, this is after all an Android enthusiast website, and we are not saddled with just “official” releases – ROMs are a massive part of the Android community.

  • Greg Morgan


  • i dont see any MMS integration into hangouts? every group text i try to send out fails and there are no MMS settings within the app?

    • Greg Morgan

      I don’t know about group text, but i sent a MMS to my wife and it worked fine. maybe group mms doesn’t work?

      • Adam Truelove

        I think there are still some bugs, which is why I haven’t done the update yet.

      • Matt Young

        Group MMS is working fine. Im on ATT and it worked flawlessly

    • Matt Young

      Were you connected to Wifi at the time? For me, if im connected to WIFI, and someone sends me a mms, or i try to send out a mms, they will fail until i disconnect off wifi and let mobile data connect

  • Shane Redman

    Hangouts and full lockscreen