Android 4.4 KitKat rolling out to Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 today
Have you had your break yet?
Owners of Nexus 7 (WiFi) and Nexus 10 tablets might want to keep an eye on their update icons as the roll-out of Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) starts today.
Those with 4G LTE capable 7’s will have to wait a little longer, however, as will owners of Nexus 4 smartphones but Google promises it won’t be long.
Probably the biggest new feature of the update is the ability to launch Google Now from the lock screen with the command “OK Google,” allowing users to initiate a web search, send a text or cue up a song. The music player also gets a makeover with full screen album art now featuring and the same goes for movies.
OK Google - give it to us now!A new immersive mode hides the navigation buttons and status bar for that full-screen experience but they’re always there, waiting in the wings, for a simple swipe to bring them back.
Under the hood performance tweaks promise improved multi-tasking with memory optimisations speeding it all along and there have also been improvements to the way touchscreens are handled, making them a touch faster and more accurate than previously.
The new phone app automatically prioritises your contacts based on the people you talk to the most and a smarter caller ID means that whenever you get a call from a phone number not in your contacts, your phone will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.Hangouts now default messaging app but you can change itWith version, 4.4 Google Hangouts now becomes the default messaging app for all SMS and MMS messages which are now put together, along with any of your web other conversations and video calls. We’d imagine quite a few won’t appreciate this but this is Android so change it if you like.
There’s nothing in the status bar of our Nexus 7 yet. Does anyone have it yet and what do you think? Comments below, if ya please.
To comment on what you've read here, click the Discussion tab and post a reply.