Google has announced the availability of Android 4.4, called Android KitKat, the latest upgrade to the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Here are the 10 highlights of the new Android.
Ok Google: A feature first showcased in the Motorola's Moto X finds its way into native Android. Just say, "Ok Google" to activate the phone without touching it. Users can launch a voice search, send a text, get driving directions or play a song with the voice command.
Full-screen album art: On Android KitKat album art will display in a full-screen format on the lock screen while listening to music or streaming via Chromecast.
Immersive mode: The new immersive mode gives a full screen experience hiding all controls while reading a book, watching a movie or playing a game. Swiping on the edges brings back the status bar and navigation button.
Improved multitasking: Google says Android 4.4 betters system performance by optimising memory and improving the touchscreen so that it responds faster and more accurately.
Priority contacts: The new phone app in Android KitKat automatically prioritises contacts based on the people users talk to the most.
Built-in device manager: The Android device manager to locate and remotely wipe the device now comes built-in with Android 4.4.
[caption id="attachment_923699"]<img class="size-full wp-image-923699" src="http://revamp.ibnlive.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/08-android-kitkat-021113.jpg" alt="Improved caller ID For calls from numbers not listed in the user's contacts, Android 4.4 will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps. " /> Improved caller ID For calls from numbers not listed in the user's contacts, Android 4.4 will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps. [/caption]
SMS, MMS integrated into Hangouts: The new Hangouts app on Android 4.4 also displays SMS and MMS messages.
Emoji on Google Keyboard: Android KitKat brings in the popular Emoji characters to the default Android keyboard.
Printing: Android 4.4 allows users to print photos, documents, and web pages from their phone or tablet. Users can print to any printer connected to Google Cloud Print, to HP ePrint printers, and to other printers that have apps in the Google Play Store.