So far, the Android OS was installed on 1 billion smartphones and tablets all over the world. According to recent news, we are about to witness its reboot. The new version is called Android 4.4 KitKat and it should be launched few weeks after the release of Apple’s iOS 7. Will the new operating system from Google be better than iOS 7? Here are some of its possible features.
Although we saw a completely redesigned its iOS, a lot of people say that Apple is just imitating Nokia’s design. We’ve even seen a small reply from NokiaUSA’s Twitter account saying that “Imitation Is the Best Form of Flattery” (image here). If Google is hoping to enlarge its fan base, this is right time for it. In the new operating system, the Android 4.4 KitKat, we’ll probably see continuity, stability and a cleaner OS. But besides that, we’ll see a lot of new features.
Since the late of 2008 when Android surfaced, Google promised to create a revolutionary and complete operating system. Year passed and Android underwent various updates, improving itself and becoming better with every version: Android 1.5 Cupcake , 1.6 Donut , 2.0 Eclair , 2.2 Froyo , 2.3 Gingerbread , 3.1 Honeycomb, 3.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and 4.4 Jelly Bean. Now, we are witnessing a new version, the Android 4.4 KitKat, which will probably be released by the end of October 2013. Many voices say that it will be release along with the new Nexus 5 or LG Optimus G.
Possible features that will make Android 4.4 KitKat better tha iOS 7
I’ve tested multitasking on iOS 7 and I’m not impressed. They made a big step forward in this direction, but it’s far from perfect. On the other side, I always felt like Android was better at multitasking. Users need that full experience and if I’m right, on KitKat we may experience full multitasking on compatible devices that will work as it supposed to.
A new design
Ever since Matias Duarte joined the company back in 2010, Android became more appealing in terms of visual details. I hated the days of Froyo when Android seemed so boring and dull. Few years later, I had the pleasure of testing HTC One X for couple of weeks with its HTC Sense 5.0 UI based on Android 4.2.2 and I was experiencing a whole new movie. Android has come a long way, and I expect the new Android 4.4 KitKat to bring a fresh design that will probably complete (or surpass) the one implemented in iOS 7. According to TechRadar, the KitKat OS is cleaner and lighter.
Better hardware support
When Apple designed the iOS 7, they had to make it work for a single device, the iPhone. The Android OS is installed on a wide variety of gadgets, making it impossible to completely adapt new updates for every each one. The rumors say that the KitKat installment will bring a wider hardware support, so the users will be able to install it on older devices.
A system in the clouds
Everyone tends to love Cloud technology. Apple is using it to the maximum, so we can expect to see it more in Android as well. So far, Android users could save their files in the cloud using Google Drive, DropBox or Box, but the new operating system could use the clouding system more for backing up your settings, your passwords and maybe to run apps directly from the cloud.
Better battery life
We love our smartphones, but the battery seems to drain so fast, it’s almost impossible to use it to the maximum for two or three days without charging it. It’s difficult to predict that Android 4.4 will bring better battery life on every Android device but I’m sure it will be optimized for the latest generation of smartphone and we will experience a less power-hungry OS.
Let’s face it, so far iOS has crushed Android in terms of security. I’m not even going to dig deep into the topic because everyone knows that a lot of apps found in Google Play were found malicious or dangerous for the users. I’m sure that Google is aware of this annoying problem that is ruining their reputation and they will fix most of the security holes found in the previous versions.
Android 4.4 KitKat release date
Seeing all these features makes me ask one single question: when it will be released? There was no official statement made so far, but most tech blogs believe that Android 4.4 KitKat will be released with LG Optimus G or Nexus 5, later this month.
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