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Google Announces Android 4.4 Will Be Called ‘KitKat’

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    Google's head of Android and Chrome, Sundar Pichai, has just confirmed that the next delicious version of Android won’t be just any old generic desert, but will instead be called Android 4.4 KitKat.On his Google+ page, Pichai told followers that he just got back from a trip to Asia to visit device partners, and that Android has now passed over 1 Billion device activations:


    Huge thanks to the entire Android community from the hardware manufacturers, chip makers and carriers to the developers and content creators to all of you – our Android users around the world – for making this possible.



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    Google’s fresh new Android 4.4. KitKat update is set to be released later this month and when it finally does begin rolling out, it will be aimed at more than just smartphones and tablets. According to a report from ET News, Android 4.4 is the start of a huge push that will see Google attempt to dominate the TV platform market much like it currently dominates the smartphone market. The report doesn’t include many specifics, though it does state that KitKat will include a new TV interface that is dramatically improved compared to the old Google TV UI. An earlier report stated that Google is preparing to rebrand Google TV as “Android TV,”and KitKat could very well usher in that initiative. Android 4.4 KitKat is expected to launch in the coming days alongside Google’s new Nexus 5 smartphone.




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    Google hasn’t released a major new version of Android for more than a year now and has instead been content to make some minor adjustments and additions to the Jelly Bean iteration of its popular mobile platform. But it looks like Google is aiming big with Android 4.4 KitKat, according to a leaked document shown to reporter Amir Efrati. Writing at Jessica Lessin’s blog, Efrati reports that the next version of Android will look to expand its reach beyond smartphones and tablets by optimizing it for use in wearable computers and by adding features that will help it interact with televisions.

    When it comes to wearables, Efrati notes that KitKat will add support for key sensors such as geomagnetic rotation vectors, step detectors and step counters that will be important for smartwatches that come preloaded with fitness apps. Support for such sensors could also give Google more accurate data when it comes to creating indoor maps and plotting walking directions for Google Maps.

    As for Google’s plans for Android and TV, Efrati writes that “the next version of Android lets developers build apps that control TVs, tuners, switches and other devices by sending infrared signals.” Although companies such as Samsung and HTC have already built features into their smartphones that make them double as TV remotes, Efrati notes that Google wants developers to create Android TV apps that can work across multiple devices and aren’t just confined to one vendor.

    And just in case you can’t get enough of Android 4.4 KitKat, Droid Life points us to a new series of leaked screen shots of the new OS build that were posted on Reddit this week. The most notable change to the OS’s default home screen is a search bar placed at the top that lets you do a search simply by saying “OK Google” into your device’s microphone. The leaked screen shots follow below.





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