Android 4.4 includes many exciting features among which Full-screen Immersive mode is one which allows using the full screen while reading document or watching movie by hiding all system UI. The immersive mode hides the unnecessary files and keeps open only the current app the user is using. For returning to the status bar and navigation buttons, a simple swipe is required.
Faster and smarter multitasking
Sufficient advancement has taken place in Android 4.4 in regard to multitasking resulting in a smarter operating system. It has achieved up gradation from its previous versions with faster response, more optimized memory and better touch screen. A number of works can be run simultaneously and smoothly at a fast speed, like playing games, listening to music, browsing internet or reading books etc. It is capable of running on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM and has contributed to better memory management.
Better accessibility experience across apps
The apps can now be easily reached in this new OS with system-wide preferences for Closed Captioning. Users can set global captioning preferences by going through Settings > Accessibility > Captions. Language, text size, and text style to use can be altered more easily according to user’s preference and will. The captioning manager helps to adjust scaling factor, text style. This is very useful to exercise user’s preference. Apps using videos have also gone through enormous advancement because of the inclusion of captioning manager. Apps that use video can display on screen captions if the user specifies the settings accordingly. (See top image)
Improved Caller ID
In Kitkat, contacts can be directly found from the dial pad and corporate directory can be searched easily. From the search field of the dialer, a business’s contact information enlisted in Google Maps can be searched which is a milestone in promoting business and corporate world. Security issues have been strengthened because of its ability to identify unknown numbers and cross-checking the number with nearby businesses
Assimilation with Cloud Storage
Cloud storage is an awesome technology to save documents even after running out of local device’s memory. The users do not need to store documents in device. Files can be opened, processed and saved directly from cloud. Kitkat comes with the support for cloud storage solution like google drive built into the OS. Some apps as QuickOffice already facilitates user through this feature.
Compatibility for printing
Printing of photos and documents has become quite easy as a result of incorporation of Google Cloud Print directly into Android 4.4 . But this opportunity is viable only for compatible devices with wireless connectivity and support for Google Cloud Print.
Introduction of voice command “Ok Google”
In addition to option of giving command by touch screen, voice commands have been introduced to make phones more user friendly. When the user is on home screen or in Google Now, voice search can be launched and sending a text, getting directions or even playing a song can be done by just saying “Ok Google”.
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