What is Android KitKat? - The version 4.4 of Android

Android KitKat - version 4.4 of Android

Android KitKat version 4.4 of Android which was announced in 3rd September 2013 by Google. The operating system itself a sustainable faster version of android which require less hardware to operate smoother and reliable.

1. What is Android KitKat?

Android KitKat was the version which got released after the Android Jelly Bean. Announcing on 3rd of September 2013 and google released the initial version of Android KitKat on 31st October 2013. The code name KitKat wasn't the code name which android was planning to name the android KitKat. The true code name was Key Lime Pie, which is not popular and not many in the world does know the taste of it. Due to the reason the version 4.4 got renamed as Android KitKat.

After the initial release version there were seven releases of android which came to market. Out of the seven releases, three releases were focused on the android wearable operating system which is to power up the wearable devices like smart watches and other devices which can be wear by the users.

Android VersionAndroid APICode NameReleased Date
API 19
31st October 2013
4.4.15th December 2013
4.4.29th December 2013
4.4.32nd June 2014
4.4.319th June 2014
API 20
KitKat Wearable
25th June 2014
4.4W.16th September 2014
4.4W.221st October 2014

2. Features of Android KitKat

Android KitKat is designed to run on low hardware required environments which allows the devices to achieve the capability of performing tasks smoother and faster compared with any mobile operating system.

2.1 Features of Android KitKat 4.4

The initial release of the Android KitKat was the version 4.4 of Android. The initial version got released on 31st of October 2013. From the initial release the android KitKat was capable of working on 340MB RAM minimum on a device. Android does recognized the version 4.4 of KitKat as the 19API or the API 19 of the android operating system.

  • Revamped interface with white elements instead of blue elements.
  • Thin font in the clock and change in H,M and S markings in stopwatch and timer with just only numbers.
  • Capability given to apps to trigger translucency in the navigation and status bars.
  • Capability given to apps to use immersive mode where the apps will gain access to hide the status bar while user is using the app.
  • Capability to view the soft buttons or action overflow menu buttons which was deprecated in Android 4.0 version.
  • Capability to set restrictions to the app when accessing the external storage like memory card without the user's consent and permission.
  • Capability to perform better computation tasks on devices which does have low RAM or zRAM device API.
  • Capability to print wireless media by connecting to the printer.
  • Capability to NFC host card emulation.
  • Capability to use the android device which can store and replace smart cards by NFC.
  • Capability to access webviews by using Chromium engine which is in Google Chrome.
  • Capability to expand functionalities for notification listener services.
  • Capability to use the public API for developing and managing SMS or text messaging clients which receives to the device.
  • Capability to access the storage access framework of android to retrieve files in the android device consistent way.
  • Capability to experience the new framework develop to user interface transitions.
  • Capability to access Sensor batching, step detector and step counter APIs.
  • Capability to set or change an app as default text messaging like google hangouts.
  • Capability to set or change an app as the default launcher in the device.
  • Capability to Audio tunneling.
  • Capability to Audio monitoring.
  • Capability to enhance loudness of the device's audio output mediums.
  • Capability to use built in screen recording feature mostly need to be used on the developer stage via ABD.
  • Capability to use native infrared blaster API.
  • Capability to experience verified boot.
  • Capability to use enforcing SELinux.
  • Capability access expanded APIs and system level closed captioning settings.
  • Capability to use Android Run time also known as ART as an new experimental app run time environment.
  • Capability to support Bluetooth Message Access Profile.
  • Capability to experience disabled feature to third party apps to access to batter statistics.
  • Capability to switch settings on larger screens to disable multi pane layout due to the availability of enough space.
  • Capability to access WiFi and mobile data activity indicators in quick settings.
  • Capability to experience disabled text wrapping in the webview browser component to prioritize the CSS and other features in the browser level.

2.2 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4.1

Android 4.4.1, the version which got released after the initial release of KitKat on 5th December 2013.
  • Capability to enhance compatibility for experimental android run time also known as ART.
  • Capability use Camera app on Google + Photos instead of choosing captured images from the gallery.
  • Bug fixes.
  • Performance enhancements. 

2.3 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4.2

Android 4.4.2, the version which got released after the release version 4.4.1 of KitKat on 9th December 2013.
  • Security enhancements to the android core.
  • Minor bug fixes.
  • Removal of App Ops which manages the permission control in the device by running in the background of the device.

2.4 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4.3

Android 4.4.3, the version which got released after the release version 4.4.2 of KitKat on 2nd June 2014.
  • Capability to access the upgraded and refreshed dialer app user interface.
  • Capability to access the updated chromium based webview which is under the release code version 33 of android.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements to the core.

2.5 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4.4

Android 4.4.4, the version which got released after the release version 4.4.3 of KitKat on 19th June 2014.
  • Bug fixes to security vulnerability on CVE-2014-0224 by eliminating and OpenSSL man in the middle communication.

2.6 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4W

The very first release of android focused on wearable devices started with the android KitKat version 4.4W which was released on 25th June 2014. With the core capabilities to run on minimal RAM of 340MB, the KitKat operating system of android was the ideal platform for the wearable devices. Android APIs were upgraded and minimalize to use in low ram and low performance devices and released the version 4.4W under the API 20 or 20th API version of Android.
  • Release of wearable extension to the android OS.
  • Launch of Android wear platform for smartwatches. 

2.7 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4W.1

Android 4.4W.1 was the second release of the android wearable OS which got released on 6th of September 2014 after the initial release of the android wearable OS under the version code of 4.4W.
  • Updated User Interface for Google Maps Navigation.
  • Updated User Interface for Alarms.

2.8 Features of Android KitKat version 4.4W.2

Android KitKat version 4.4W.2, the third and final release version of the android KitKat was released on 21st of October 2014 after the second version release of Android KitKat wearable OS.
  • Capability to support Offline music playback.
  • Capability to support GPS.