Android 4.4 KitKat is a version of Android. Its predecessor is Android 4.3 Jellybean and its successor is Android 5.0 Lollipop. Kitkat tries to improve the user experience across all areas of the device.


Android 4.4 was named KitKat. Google partnered with Nestle to co-brand Android 4.4, and Nestle promoted it on their KitKat packages as well. It was launched on October 31, 2013.[4] The first device it was shipped with was the Google Nexus 5, which was released the same day as KitKat 4.4.[5] A number of minor updates have come since that release, up to the 4.4.4 update, which was released on June 19, 2014.[6]

New FeaturesEdit

KitKat 4.4 includes many new features to enhance the user experience and provide a polished feel across the Android device that it is running on.[4]

Improving Android's PerformanceEdit

Android 4.4 was designed to require less ram than before, in order to help its performance on phones with less than 1 Gigabyte of RAM.[1][4][7][8][9]

Full Screen Artwork Edit

When music is playing and the device is locked, the lock screen will show full screen artwork and allow you to skip tracks.[1]

Immersive Mode Edit

Apps can disable the system and status bars.[4]

Phone App Refresh Edit

The dialer does now not have any blue highlights and does not have numbers on the landing screen. There is a search box so you can search for your contacts or businesses to call them.[4]


Printing in Android 4.4 KitKat.

Integration With Printing Apps Edit

KitKat has a system-level printing framework, which printer-makers can make plug-ins for.[4]

Reviews Edit

Most reviewers liked the update. The Verge gave it an 8.8 out of 10, saying that "From the launcher to the apps, everything looks better and feels more approachable."[10] TechRadar gave it a 4.5 stars out of 5. They said that "Android 4.4 refines a polished platform even further and shows a real commitment to getting the basics right." Other reviewers liked it, but thought that it needed more big changes.[9][11]


This is a collection of KitKat images.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Android 4.4 KitKat. Android. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. "Android Code Analysis". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  3. "Licenses". Android Open Source Project. Open Handset Alliance. Retrieved September 9, 2012. "The preferred license for the Android Open Source Project is the Apache Software License, 2.0. ... Why Apache Software License? ... For userspace (that is, non-kernel) software, we do in fact prefer ASL2.0 (and similar licenses like BSD, MIT, etc.) over other licenses such as LGPL. Android is about freedom and choice. The purpose of Android is promote openness in the mobile world, but we don't believe it's possible to predict or dictate all the uses to which people will want to put our software. So, while we encourage everyone to make devices that are open and modifiable, we don't believe it is our place to force them to do so. Using LGPL libraries would often force them to do so."
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Ron Amadeo. "The history of Android." Ars Technica. 15 June 2014.
  5. Nexus 5 - Google. (Broken Link)
  6. Kellex (June 19, 2014). "Whoa: Android 4.4.4 Factory Images Posted as Build KTU84P". Droid Life.
  7. "Google Nexus 5 Review." The Verge. "The key feature of KitKat, its primary raison d'etre, is to make new versions of Android accessible to lower-memory phones."
  8. "Android 4.4 KitKat review." TechRadar. "Google's Project Svelte enables the platform to run reliably on devices with just 512MB of RAM."
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Google Android 4.4 KitKat." PC Mag.
  10. "Android 4.4 KitKat review." The Verge.
  11. "Android 4.4 KitKat, thoroughly reviewed." Ars Technica.
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