The Android operating system is world renowned and currently accounts for over 70% of the European market when it comes to mobile phone operating systems.
Android OS was developed in 2003 and bought by Google in 2005 after they obviously saw its massive potential to become the world’s most popular mobile operating system.
The operating system itself is built on a Linux kernel which is then packed full of custom additions and features produced in house by Google engineers.
There have been many versions of the operating system released over the years – each bringing out increased performance as well as new features and functionality.
The subject of this article is version 4.4 which has been dubbed “Kitkat”. Whilst this is not the latest version it is in our opinion one of the most stable versions that has been released to date – with the latest Lollipop OS having various problems and bugs which have made it unstable and untrusted by many users.
Rather there were some bugs that were fixed in the release of Kitkat it was mostly about performance and features and the aim of this article is to highlight some of the key enhancements that were seen in version 4.4 of the Android operating system.
Fast Voice Activation
The smartphone market as a whole is calling out for voice control and for it to be fast and easy to use. The Kitkat release has seen some vast improvements that answer this call including the ability to get things done with minimal effort by voicing your commands directly from the home screen – that’s right, no need to open the voice control app simply say “OK Google” followed by your request from the home screen and Google will do the rest!
Immersive Full screen mode
Not a great technical feet by any means but a seriously cool feature is the ability to take the phone into full screen mode. This could be whilst listening to music, watching a film, playing a game or perhaps chatting with your friends on social media. The immersive mode basically removes everything else from view other than the program that you are currently using allowing you to take full advantage of the entire display and remove anything that could distract you from your current point of interest.
The new software version also has some cool features that work to prioritise your contacts and also to make communication in general a much more pleasant experience. Not only does the operating system now display your contacts intuitively putting them in the order that they are most frequently used but it also works to provide information on callers who are not in your contacts list by searching for them under local business listings and the likes.
Faster and more agile than ever before
Aside from these new features one of the key benefits to the 4.4 release is speed and agility both of which have seen great improvement over previous releases o0f the operating system. The 4.4 release has been tweaked so that memory optimisation is increased which has a direct effect on overall performance and in addition the technology behind the touchscreen features has also been optimised so that the phone responds faster to touch. These two improvements combined make phones running version 4.4 faster than ever before and have a seriously positive effect on user experience.
Overall the 4.4 version of the Android operating system is one of the most influential releases and comes packaged with not only cool features but also a huge increase in performance and overall user experience when compared to previous versions. More so it is a release that faced very few issues or bugs making it extremely stable and reliable.