KitKat, the latest version of Android, is full of great features

KitKat, the latest version of Android, is full of great features
– here we round up 30 of the best


Continuing its confectionary-based naming system, the latest version of Android (4.4) is known as KitKat, and it
brings with it a collection of great new features. There are the standout changes, like the updated Google Hangouts app replacing the old Messaging tool, built-in suport for all your cloud services, and the new Google Experience Launcher complete with the enhanced Google Now. But there’s also a whole host of features hidden away in the OS that enable you to get a whole lot more from your phone or tablet. There’s the new app runtime that signifi cantly  speeds up your apps; the enhanced Gallery tool which, even though it looks set to be replaced by Google+ Photos, is now an incredibly powerful image editor; and there’s a whole host of hidden UI tweaks that make

Android even more pleasurable to use. In this feature we’ll guide you through some of the best features that you may miss when you first update your OS, or pick up one of the brand new devices that come with KitKat. But fi rst, when will your old smartphone or tablet get this tasty new update? KitKat launched initially on Nexus 5 devices, but has been rolled out to other handsets and manufacturers faster than previous updates. Many still fi nd the process slow, however, and there are plenty of custom ROMs featuring KitKat features available to download on the  web. If you’re impatient, a trip to will tell you whether a cooked version of KitKat is currently available for your handset. With Motorola owned by Google, you shouldn’t be surprised to fi nd that its phones

have started receiving updates. The Moto G has an update available now, although older
devic es such as the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini currently don’t. They have been updated in the USA, however. The Moto X launched in the UK with KitKat pre-installed – so no update necessary there! Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4 devices have now received a KitKat update, and other devices in the range are expected to get the update treatment soon, too (Active, Mini and Zoom). Owners of HTC One models (as well as those with the HTC One Mini and  HTC One Max) have begun receiving updates, too – though once you’ve seen the new HTC One (M8), which comes with KitKat, you’ll likely want to upgrade right away! If you have the Google Play edition HTC One, then you
should have been running Android 4.4 KitKat

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