Android 4.4 Kit Kat: 56 minutes of videos show what’s new in design and development

Android 4.4 Kit Kat was just unleashed with the new Nexus 5 and as with any new version of Android, things are going to change a bit. From the design standpoint that could mean new guidelines, orientations, and workflows for user interaction and experience. For development that might mean access to new tools or APIs that are a bit different. All of this is extremely important for developers and can be equally interesting for consumers.

So exactly what has changed? These two videos span 40-minutes and will tell you everything you need to know!

We’ll circle back with an in-depth look ourselves, but until then, head on over to the Nexus 5 Forums where discussion is exploding!

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  • MITM

    *grabs popcorn*

  • Cesar Ortiz

    This is going to be an awesome Halloween.

  • Steven Berger

    All over it says that 4.4 will help fragmentation, while this is true, since it has a bunch of optimizations that will run on low-end devices the problem that Android has with fragmentation does have to do with having low end requirements for updates, but the main problem is carriers and manufacturers not supporting the devices anymore. Chances are whether this runs on low-end devices does not matter, since most of those devices will not get the update unless they are rooted and a developer provides a ROM.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Bingo!

    • Bud Lutz

      I think it’s more of a “future” proofing feature, not a “bring my Nexus One back from the dead” feature….

      edit: some devices still ship with gingerbread because of it’s low power requirements. Instead of manufacturers needing to go back to 2.3, they can use 4.4 for low end devices

      • Cesar Ortiz

        Making this a win-win situation for Manufacturers and for us consumers that will love the new OS.

    • ari_free

      Linux unstable kernel ABI is part of the problem :/

  • Themask007

    In India at 470$ for 16GB. Its criminalllllllllllll

    • Jacob

      $480 here in the uk… which is pretty annoying considering that the 16GB N4 was about $340. Still cheaper than the competition but it’s sad that the way the nexus 4 bucked the US-UK price difference trend has not been continued.

  • ari_free

    Immersion mode should put pressure on those who still insist on having a belly button on their phones.