Ready To Take a Bite of Android Kit-Kat

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One major factor that makes Android OS releases yummy is their names. Right from tempting Gingerbread to Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean to KitKat, each release seems to be deliberately named to grapple the attention of the young developers and smart phone users. Very interestingly, the recent 4.4 release, codenamed as KitKat has become the talk of the town.  KitKat, undoubtedly, would strike a hint of chocolate in everybody’s mind, coming from the Nestle’s popular crispy chocolate bar. Google has partnered with Nestle and Hershey to make KitKat bars with Android theme. So the chocolate lovers across the U.S, Canada, U.K, and the Middle East would see KitKat bars with Android robot featuring on their wrappers. One would also be able to participate in competitions and win amazing prizes that includes the Nexus 7 tablet.  This unique marketing gimmick would totally puzzle one as to why this version is calling forth so much attention in the OS market.

The industry veterans have a strong analytical ground to justify this overall activity. Google has been struggling to consolidate the OS versions to have a single and unified platform for all possible devices running on Android. With the previous versions, this was not attained. The 4.4 KitKat, backed by a new Linux kernel, would go a long way in supporting devices with lower RAM. The Android developers say that the new OS version would bring together a concoction of the superior features found in the previous OS version and therefore, Android based development agencies would look to hire Android developers with considerable development with the previous OS versions. Some of the popular features that the entire development world is looking at are:

  • Improved accessibility

  • Better management of multiple user account

  • OpenGL ES 3.0 for 3D rendering for sophisticated graphics

  • Data Relationship Management APIs

  • Lock screen widgets

  • Actionable notifications

  • Extended Quick Settings

This OS will first be tried and tested on the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 11 tablet. Gradually, it will soon be pushed to the LG Nexus 4, Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 7 2012, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus 10. The first devices to be tested with this pilot OS version are Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC, Sony Xperia, and LG G2.  The expected release date in October 2013 is thick with anticipations and expectations.

 
 
Raman Gupta