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[2]: 32 GB already sold out
by cmost on Fri 1st Nov 2013 00:33 UTC in reply to "RE: 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.

It won't be arriving on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus...the bastards!

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RE[3]: 32 GB already sold out
by ricegf on Fri 1st Nov 2013 00:37 in reply to "RE[2]: 32 GB already sold out"
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My wife owns one of those, and is disappointed.

But 4.4 isn't a radical upgrade, so the practical impact is probably minimal.

And if not, there's Cyanmod.

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RE[3]: 32 GB already sold out
by MadRat on Fri 1st Nov 2013 07:09 in reply to "RE[2]: 32 GB already sold out"
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The bastards. I bought it on the belief they would support it until the OS went to 5.x.x

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Yeah, but to be fair, the last two releases have been point releases, but in the Apple world they would have been significant milestones. Android would be on 6.0 otherwise.

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It won't be arriving on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus...the bastards!

I read somewhere that that's because Texas Instruments is no longer in the mobile - game and the Galaxy Nexus is powered by an OMAP - processor -- TI laid off all the devs responsible for driver development and all.

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RE[3]: 32 GB already sold out
by Shane on Fri 1st Nov 2013 10:33 in reply to "RE[2]: 32 GB already sold out"
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I've got three Samsung Galaxy Nexuses that I'm using at work for testing. Looks like we'll need to get some new devices in ;)

Edited 2013-11-01 10:34 UTC

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