Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Oct 2013 18:26 UTC

Google has unveiled Android 4.4 KitKat. The main focus is to reduce Android's memory footprint across the board, allowing KitKat to run comfortably on devices with 512 MB of RAM.

OEMs building the next generation of Android devices can take advantage of targeted recommendations and options to run Android 4.4 efficiently, even on low-memory devices. Dalvik JIT code cache tuning, kernel samepage merging (KSM), swap to zRAM, and other optimizations help manage memory. New configuration options let OEMs tune out-of-memory levels for processes, set graphics cache sizes, control memory reclaim, and more.

In Android itself, changes across the system improve memory management and reduce memory footprint. Core system processes are trimmed to use less heap, and they now more aggressively protect system memory from apps consuming large amounts of RAM. When multiple services start at once - such as when network connectivity changes - Android now launches the services serially, in small groups, to avoid peak memory demands.

In addition, Google unveiled the Nexus 5 - quite possibly the most leaked device in human history. It's only $349 off-contract. Insanity.

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RE: 32 GB already sold out
by ricegf on Thu 31st Oct 2013 19:44 UTC in reply to "32 GB already sold out"
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White and black 16GB and 32GB models are available in the Google Play store in the USA, shipping November 8. The link to the T-Mobile page ( leads to a 404, though.

Looks like an incremental upgrade to the Nexus 4, which I got on fire sale recently for $150 less. The improved screen size and resolution is certainly nice. The other feature I miss with the 4 is LTE.

I wonder when Kit Kat arrives on the earlier Nexi?

Hard to see how the 5 isn't a huge win for those of us who avoid cellular contracts and thus prefer reasonably priced smartphones straight up.

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