Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st Oct 2013 18:26 UTC
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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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Kitkat a bit underwhelming
by WorknMan on Thu 31st Oct 2013 21:57 UTC
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2005-11-13

Was hoping Kitkat would inherit the dynamic notifications and hands free voice features that the Moto X has.

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RE: Kitkat a bit underwhelming
by woegjiub on Thu 31st Oct 2013 22:05 in reply to "Kitkat a bit underwhelming"
woegjiub Member since:
2008-11-25

Secure NFC alone is worth it; my bank will finally be able to make use of inbuilt NFC in their app without requiring carrier assistance.

Aside from that, the printing and storage are sweet, as are the low-ram and low-power optimizations. Too bad all the low-specced phones already made will never see this without flashing.

The things you mentioned can be built into google now or the launcher, which are updated/will be updated via the play store instead of as part of the OS.
They'll probably roll stuff like that out as app updates instead of tied into the OS.

Edited 2013-10-31 22:07 UTC

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

The things you mentioned can be built into google now or the launcher, which are updated/will be updated via the play store instead of as part of the OS.


It pretty much eliminates the problem of updates by circumventing the carrier and manufacturer. Once you have Kit Kat you can effectively get the latest Android experience.

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RE: Kitkat a bit underwhelming
by darknexus on Thu 31st Oct 2013 23:50 in reply to "Kitkat a bit underwhelming"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Was hoping Kitkat would inherit the dynamic notifications and hands free voice features that the Moto X has.

No thanks. That's just a bit too creepy.

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