Images published on ZDnet a few hours ago reveal a lot about Google’s upcoming version 4.4 of Android dubbed ‘Kit Kat’. The images were pictures and screenshots of various features and screens of the device running the unreleased Android 4.4 Kit Kat. On Friday last week, a new set of Android 4.4 KitKat pictures running on Nexus 5 appeared online and earlier today we learnt that one of the features that will brand Android 4.4 is a new Google Experience launcher – you can read what it is and what to expect in it here.
Back to the images published on ZDnet, you can tell by looking closer that this is actually an older version of Android 4.4 KitKat running on the new version of Nexus 7 (2013). This could be the same version of Android spotted on a Nexus 5 last week, but we cannot be certain. The images show the Easter egg, icons in the app drawer, the newly redesigned clock, the new Download app and the Settings menu among others.
Based on the images, we can now be sure that Google indeed intended to call their next version of Android Key Lime Pie as rumors had made us believe as it still shows in different pages as “ANDROID KEYLIMEPIE”. The logo, however, is clearly a KitKat based on its design but it is different and more sophisticated than the plain letter K with a slice of Key Lime Pie lying on the ground. Also visible is text reading “swipe down from the top to exit full-screen mode” on the Easter egg screen but we don’t know whether this is just a feature for this screen or app or a system-wide feature.
Android 4.4 KitKat will also bring a new app drawer – different from the app drawer on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in that it comes with completely redesigned Google icons which are now rounded and not square. An icon of QuickOffice also points at a possible inclusion in Google Apps. G+ photos, a gallery app that had been rumored to be done away with is making a comeback and we can tell that the app drawer is not transparent 4.3’s. Google had indicated that Android 4.4 KitKat would be optimized to run even on devices with low processing power and memory – even devices with 512MB RAM should run this version of OS. For this to happen, Google has to make a lot of UI changes including doing away with transparency – that’s just my opinion.
This gallery is more of a comparison of the features of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean against Android 4.4 KitKat.