Android KitKat is the latest version of the ever popular Android operating system, but currently is only available on Google’s new flagship device the Nexus 5.
No definite release date has been confirmed for the roll out but we would imaging that first in line to get the new update will be the current range of Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 phone & Nexus 7 & 10 tablets.
Some sites are reporting the roll-out to the Nexus Tablets in fact began on Fri 15th Nov?…..
Next in line are rumored to be the Google Play editions of the Galaxy S4 and the HTC one.
What about my Samsung Galaxy?
Well Samsung users (other than the pre-mentioned Galaxy S4 Play Edition) may have to wait until next year for their update, with testing and implementation of manufacturer apps and skinning to blame, scheduling the update to so many devices also causes timing issues, some Samsung devices are still waiting for Android 4.3 (JellyBean) to be rolled out!
The roll-out to all other compatible Android devices is basically up to each individual manufacturer, Sony have announced that it will be updating its Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Zl, and the Xperia Tablet Z, and Huawei announcing that it is going to skip Android 4.3 altogether and jump straight to KitKat.
Android KitKat Features
Some of the notable new features in KitKat are:
> Built in Device manager – Pinpoint the location of your device instantly if it is lost or stolen
> HDR+ Photography – Automatically shoot a rapid burst of photo’s and combines them to give you the best shot
> New NFC Payment capabilities – Android 4.4 introduces new platform support for secure NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation (HCE), for payments, loyalty programs, card access, transit passes, and other custom services.
> Print any content over Wi-Fi – Android apps can now print any type of content over Wi-Fi or cloud-hosted services you can print almost any kind of document, image, or file.
Along with speed improvements, touchscreen improvements, camera improvement…..Android KitKat seems to be one of the most comprehensive Android updates to date.