Android 4.4, KitKat is here! | FinestAndroid.com

KitKat_Android_google_2120x11921At long last, after weeks and weeks of leaks, Google’s latest version of Android operating system – Android 4.4, a.k.a. KitKat is officially out. Google finally unveiled the long-awaited Android 4.4 KitKat update to the public. Someone might think it’s just a miner update from Android 4.3 but it brings quite some changes and improvements over the prior Android version. This latest update brings improved memory management, a ton of security enhancements, battery life optimisations, a unified SMS and IM system in Google Hangouts, new phone app, Full-screen immersive mode, Low-power audio playback capability and much more.

With the release this new Android 4.4, several manufacturers have already announced their upgrade plans. The very first devices to get updated to the latest version of Android are Google’s Nexus devices and Play Edition devices. Here’s a running list of devices already confirmed to get the update along with release dates:

HTC

  • HTC One (including carrier models) – Within 90 days
  • HTC One Google Play Edition – Within 15 days

Motorola

  • DROID Ultra
  • DROID Maxx
  • DROID Mini

Moto X

  • Motorola has yet to announce specific timeframes.

Nexus Devices

  • Nexus 4 – “Coming weeks”
  • Nexus 7 – “Coming weeks”
  • Nexus 10 – “Coming weeks”

Samsung

Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition – “Coming weeks”

If Motorola is to update the few devices, that calls for updates to be released available sooner. Going by the Motorola’s plan, that means that a smaller percentage of users will get the updates. Or let’s say there will be some possibility of more devices being added, while these will remain only devices Motorola is guaranteeing an update to. What about those Android users with different models other than Motorola, when will they have the updates on their devices?

Meanwhile, Android 4.4 KitKat is already being pushed to Android Open Source Project and the proprietary binaries and factory for the Nexus devices are available. Updates for Google Play Edition devices aren’t handled by Google itself, so they always take a little more time than the Nexus devices.

The code for Nexus 5 devices is available for download, as well as the factory images and proprietary binaries. You can find the images here, and grab the binaries if you’re going to do a bit of code crunching yourself right here.

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