Android OS developers have a knack for numbers and sequences. Recently, with the latest release of Android KitKat 4.4, users are puzzled if this is just another upgrade or carries some really useful feature advancements. It seems that this time Android has made some major changes in its OS. Now the question is that if it is worth the upgrade?
Let us find out what Android 4.4 has to offer.
Android 4.4 enables you to conduct a search using voice command. The Dialer Search functionality comes handy for searching something specific and for instant communication. For example, if you are about to order a pizza, just launch dialer and search for pizza. The details will be displayed and you can call for local pizza point.
For all those who receive numerous phone calls from several numbers too have an advantage. When you receive a phone call, you will be notified about the user instantly. The caller ID information will be displayed using Google servers. Google search is along with the dialer makes it possible.
Change in Theme
If you are looking for obvious changes then you should be thrilled to look at the Android, which is now sporting neutral gray color. You can change it by using quick settings for making relevant changes.
Text and Chat Integration
Google provides you Hangouts app as a part of chat applet for the purpose of online communication. Now this app provides you the ability to SMS too. This means that you no longer require a separate app for messages. If you are not willing to upgrade to 4.4 version you can still avail it by updating your Hangouts app.
Now with the latest Android version of the OS, you have the printing framework as well. This comes as an inbuilt feature that supports HP ePrint and Cloud print by Google. Now it will be possible for you to seek support for other printers as well. This is possible by Google Play that will be integrated with the Android printing system.
For printing option go to Settings or go to Chrome-> Print
Sorting out files specifically is lot easier if you have File picker that comes along with KitKat. This app helps you browse and pick files. You can easily go through files that are stored on your device as well as on your local storage; this includes your cloud storage as well. Box is already supported but other services too can be added like SkyDrive and Dropbox using a document provider. Now with this app you can quickly search and access your file no matter wherever you have stored it.
If you are wondering about how to enable the full-screen mode while playing games or watching videos then use the Immersive Mode. This mode enables in full-screen view by hiding status bar and on-screen buttons if you are using Nexus. This comes handy for e-book reading too and gives a clear full-screen view of content easily. However, permissions would need to be granted by the app before you start using it.
The Tap & Pay options are included for facilitating payment procedure that mimics NFC smart card. Any such app related to payment will be utilized accordingly. The Host Card Emulation feature provided by Android will make it possible.
For the above-mentioned reasons it seems that KitKat 4.4 is way ahead of its predecessors and advanced towards providing new features. Users would love to update their device OS to this new Android software version.
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