This is a guest post by Nadia Hyeong at Techiedoodlers. She will share with us some interesting features in Android 4.4 (aka Android KitKat) , which will be unveiled this week. Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition will very likely get this update. Note II and Note 8.0 probably will get it as well.
The Android Kitkat is expected to arrive sometime this year, and the good news is that; most of the Galaxy’s lines of behemoth machines, like the Note III and Note 8.0, will be the first ones to experience its new capabilities. In this article, we’ll provide you with a rundown of the latest features from this upcoming system upgrade.
1. Google Experience Launcher
This acts as a hub for all of the Google apps and widgets such as Play Music, Play Books, Keep, or Google +. In a report from IB Times, some of its features include a one-touch button for setting reminders, and the ability to create an unlimited amount of home screens.
The launcher is similar to the Galaxy Note 3’s My Magazine. In a post from Verizon, it said that the Note 3’s handy feature “puts you in control of things you love” by letting you personalize your favorite news, social media, and entertainment websites.
2. Makeovers in UI design
To keep up with the current trends in user interface design, icons will now sport a 2D or flat look. The notifications and control bar will be transparent, and its App drawer no longer has an outer circle. Instead, it has a translucent feel and its dots looUIk more rounded.
3. Less RAM Consumption
Usually, Android users complain about the operating system being a memory-gobbler. However, this upcoming version is based on the Linux 3.8 kernel to help lower its RAM consumption. So, even though your device only has a 512 MB RAM, Kitkat will still run faster and smoother than its predecessors.
4. SMS on Hangouts
Aside from instant messaging and voice chats, SMS and MMS will be integrated with Google Hangouts. Now, all your communication needs can be easily found in one tool. Each message will be labelled based on what medium it was sent through. You don’t need to worry about all your information getting jumbled up.
5. Always Listening
The technophiles from Android Community reported that Google Now may have a “listening mode,” which is pretty similar to the one found on Moto X. Through this feature, users can give out voice commands directly from their home screen without opening Google Search, or using the speaker button of its widget.
6. Camera on Lock Screen
In the Jellybean 4.2 version, Google allowed users to access the Camera tool on the lock screen, by swiping their finger to the right. This feature will still be available on the 4.4. But, if you need to snap an image, a camera icon will be located on the lower right of your phone’s lock screen.
7. Filters and Editing Tools
Its stock camera will have a couple of adjustments as well. Options for using filters, effects, and borders will be added. Developers have also tweaked its user interface to help us access flash settings, image size, and timers with ease. Other features may also include the ability to save pictures in PDF format, and export them in different sizes and quality.
8. Cloud Printing and Tap-to-Pay
The developers may include cloud printing to it, so you won’t have to rely on third-party tools. This also goes with its mobile payment system. However, your device must have an NFC chip in order to use it.
Google’s very own tool for editing and viewing Microsoft documents, presentations, and spreadsheets will be a native application on the KitKat.
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About the author:
Nadia Hyeong is a freelance writer who loves mobile technology. Armed with Verizon’s 4G LTE and a Galaxy Note 3, she loves to attend technological conferences, and write about the latest trends in the industry. She’s currently busy choosing the color of her next Galaxy Gear. To learn more about Nadia’s adventures, feel free to follow her on Twitter.