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Overview of New Features in Android 4.4 KitKat

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Now that Android 4.4 KitKat has been officially announced, you may be wondering what new features are in store. The best resource for catching up on new features is obviously Android's Developers site, which has assembled a complete overview of the new OS, highlighting key features such as:

  • Optimization for a broader range of devices
  • Support for NFC-based transactions through Host Card Emulation
  • Support for printing
  • Sensor batching to increase efficiency

And a lot more. The stand-out theme of the new features seems to be accessibility by older devices; Android fragmentation may soon be a thing of the past.

If you're not in a reading mood, though, you can lean back and get an overview of Android 4.4 (this one focusing on new tools for memory optimization) from the folks at DevBytes:


Valery Silaev replied on Fri, 2013/11/08 - 6:51pm

Many Android phones/tablets manufactures follow the de-facto policy established by Google to roll-out updates only for devices these are at most 18 months old. So any new OS version only increases the fragmentation, even an updated OS has lower technical requirements to run.

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