Google's Android 4.4, or "KitKat," is the latest version of the Android OS and is faster and more responsive than ever, but it lacks direction, defining features, and broad base of users.Read the full review →
While the changes present in Android 4.4 might not be as drastic as the transition from iOS 6 to iOS 7, there's still plenty in KitKat to make the Android faithful happy, as well as laying the groundwork for bigger changes down the road.
The design has taken a turn for "clean, bright, and modern," according to the Verge, while TechHive says that even features like the application drawer feel like "a big breath of fresh air." The user interface hasn't suffered one bit with the updates, and in fact the changes have made Android "simpler than ever and more intuitive," according to phoneArena, nothing that it's "more neatly organized, and more powerful than ever before." And KitKat is speedy too -- PC Mag called it "lightning fast and silky smooth," and the Verge says it "absolutely screams on the Nexus 5."
… show more Perhaps the biggest changes of all are the expanded roles for Google services like Hangouts and Google Now. Hangouts now consolidates texts alongside your chat messages, and PC Mag "found it quite convenient to handle all my chatting from a single interface," though Pocket-Lint noted there was "potential for confusion." And Google Now is even more prominent and integrated into Android, with TechRadar noting that it's "pre-emptive powers and general usability ... are improving," and PC Mag says it comprises "a remarkable and integral part of the KitKat experience."
Though Android 4.4 KitKat might only be represented by a 0.1 version bump, TechRadar warns, "don't be fooled: this is an important step up for Android." Ars Technica also agrees, calling it "a great update that will offer a real benefit to users." If you can upgrade, you should.
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KitKat is a great update that will offer a real benefit to users; Google just needs to pay attention to the things happening in its own ecosystem for the next update. There's no shame in copying.Read the full review →
Its interface is bright and inviting and the newly added secondary features like Cloud Print integration and a new Dialer application should help make stock Android even more consumer friendly.Read the full review →
In many ways, KitKat doesn't bring a huge swathe of features you'll be desperate to get your hands on, but it feels like it's laying the foundation for some really impressive stuff to come over the next 12 months.Read the full review →
KitKat is simply a stunningly good operating system that feels every bit as up-to-date and modern as iOS 7, if not more so.Read the full review →
Android 4.4 KitKat is an excellent update that gives the Google OS more of the user-friendly gloss that people rave about in iOS and Windows Phone.Read the full review →
Android 4.4 KitKat actually surprised us. Truth is, while there's nothing truly groundbreaking about it (well, perhaps with the exception of screenrecording), it certainly infuses valuable functionality into the core of Android.Read the full review →
Android 4.4 refines a polished platform even further and shows a real commitment to getting the basics right.Read the full review →
Android 4.4 KitKat is a capable operating system that doesn't offer a lot of new user-facing features, but will eventually lead to a broader range of high-quality apps.Read the full review →
It's clear what Google is aiming for - a system that knows you intimately, and is smart enough to predict your next whim (or tell you what it should be...). KitKat is all about Google Now, and it's a gamble that pays off.Read the full review →
While Android 4.4 is largely focused on optimizations that allows it to run on lower-end devices, there are a number of lil’ subtle changes that really spruce up the place.Read the full preview →
Though many Android fans expected Android 5.0 to replace 4.3, and perhaps usher in bigger changes, Android 4.4 KitKat introduced the beginnings of a new strategy for Google of getting Android on more devices and injecting more of Google search into the operating system.Read the full preview →
Overall, KitKat is a smart set of upgrades that show Google is going in the right directions — faster, simpler and smarter.Read the full preview →
Aside from all the visual changes and faster performance, the deeper integration of Google Now and Search is probably the biggest thing here. From getting instant access from the lockscreen or homescreens, to even having Google Search integrated in the dialer and phone app.Read the full preview →
In the new OS version, KitKat, the stock UI has seen its biggest visual overhaul since Android 4.0, with brighter colors replacing the old "Holo" blue. Many of the staple Android apps have been overhauled too.Read the full preview →
So far, very little of the upgrade to Android 4.4 feels like much of an improvement.Read the full preview →
Android's new dialer is putting convenience and efficiency first: you can now search for business numbers without leaving the phone app. All it takes is going into the dialer and typing a few letters and corresponding local businesses will start appearing.Read the full preview →
The overall appearance of Android 4.4 is decent, but if you’re expecting a remarkable overhaul from Jellybean, you’re going to be disappointed. Although the aesthetics haven’t changed that dramatically, the experience itself has.Read the full preview →
Among the features included in Android 4.4 KitKat are improved contact and phonebook interfaces (and a revamped look throughout the OS overall), more voice control, deeper media integration and better multitasking, among much more.Read the full preview →
The changes aren’t in-your-face, but help make the whole experience just a little bit smoothing, and a lot more convenient.Read the full preview →
First note, its smooth Really really smooth. KitKat has taken Android to a whole new level, though visually there wasn't a complete overhaul, under the hood there's definitely improvement. Firstly its now compatible with low end device with as minimum as 512 MB of ram. Google now is part of the...Read the full review →
I hate the Kit Kat phone feature! Android does have a pretty cool operating system overall with the new Kit Kat OS but the phone features with Android 4.3 are far superior than the crap they've released on 4.4 On Android 4.3 and earlier versions the phone feature was awesome! Especially 4.3. I...Read the full review →
Android has come a long way from those days where the only thing it did a lot was crash. It was ugly, unintuitive, unresponsive. Since the advent of Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0, it has finally seen the light of the day. The evolution of Android would make a blockbuster film and Kitkat...Read the full review →
It is a great improvement to android and brings many new features to enjoy!!!Read the full review →
Kit Kat is a fantastic OS.Read the full review →