Android 4.4 KitKat Lands with 8 Astonishing Features for Developers

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Finally, Google introduces the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 Kitkat with remarkable features.

This Nexus 5 with 4.95-inch full-HD IPS display is available for $349 of 16GB variant and $399 of the 32GB variant in the US.

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Finally, Google Android KitKat 4.4 lands in the Nexus 5 with its most inventive and eye-catchy features. Nexus 5 is a 4.95-inch full-HD IPS display gorgeous device that powered by a 2.26GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor alongside 2GB of RAM. Available in 16GB and 32GB storage options, this eye-catchy device is blessed with an 8.0-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. Users can have options of Black and White colors to choose from.

Google Nexus 5 device is the first to run Android 4.4 that brings latest features for not only users, but also for Android developers. Let’s see what amazing features of Android 4.4 Kitkat Google bring by developers:

Host Card Emulation- Enhanced NFC Payment Support

Support for Host Card Emulation is supported by Android 4.4 in which ISO/IEC 7816-based smart cards can be emulated by the standard NFC hardware, using the contactless ISO/IEC 14443-4 (ISO-DEP) protocol for transmission. This can easily create device compatible with NFC hardware capable by using the tap-to-pay functionality. Currently, device with US SIM cards are only qualified for Host Card Emulation.

Integrated Printing Support

This is one of the excellent features available in Android Kitkat that force Google Cloud Print for some time now. Now, users can easily print anything with integrated printing support with installing any additional application.

Faster Multitasking

Android 4.4 comes with its improved version with memory management and improving touch screen responsiveness. It is expected that the system will make better use of available computational wherewithal as strong efforts are made to minimize footprint of core apps.
Improved Connectivity and New Sensor Modes

Lastly, sensor support and connectivity options are added in the Android Kitkat 4.4. With Hardware Sensor Batching, one can easily minimize the consumption power while ongoing sensor activities. It is best for long-running and low-power sensor use-cases like geo-fitness apps, etc.

Android Kitkat 4.4 also has support for IR Blasters that invite a new API and system service. This allows Android app developers for making better use of IR Blasters on supported devices without requiring any device-specific coding. Moreover, we can have a nice renovate with support for HID over GATT (HOGP) that provides a low-latency link to application for choosing hardware and MAP that let exchange application with nearby devices.

Full Screen Immersive Mode

Users find an overall experience “more engaging” by having content with proper utilization of screen real estate. Previously, it is only possible with some applications like video players, where users input in not required. Now, it is possible for any application to make use of the full screen expanse by fad away both system bars. Users can also able reappear the bars with a swipe from the top of the screen that would bring by any user interaction.

Google Now Integration

Get Google Now front and center with the stock launcher. Users can find this Google Now on the home screen and can find just one leftward swipe away. Those users, who have the Nexus 5, have to say “OK, Google Now” to get Google Now on their screen. The functionality of “OK, Google Now” is just like what we saw on the Moto X and the most recent Droid devices.

SMS Provider

Now, shared SMS provider and new APIs are used by app developers for handling device messaging and message storage and retrieval. The new SMS_Deliver intent is used by the new APIs to allow app developers to route messages during the user’s default messaging app by making the cross-app experience seamless.

Enhanced Security

SELinux enforcing mode is used by Android 4.4 for enforcing mode to block potential policy violations within a SELinux domain. The cryptographic algorithms are also improved by Android KitKat to add support for two extra algorithms. Additionally, to enhance the keystore to improve digital signing, Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) support is included while Scrypt Key Derivation Function is used to secure crypto keys utilized in full-disk encryption.

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