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Android 4.4 KitKat screens emerge

Kris Carlon
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Things have cleared up a bit since that fuzzy night in the bar amidst the loud music and not particularly well shot video of what looked to be the first glimpse of Android 4.4 in action. Now we've got some much better images of the new operating system version, with a build number of KWS62B, showing the messaging app, the phone dialer and some other interesting tidbits.

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Is this the new Android 4.4 system info and home screen? / © 9to5google

So, what do the images reveal? Here's the basic information we know so far:

  • There's a color-coded status bar that changes depending on the app you're in: light gray standard, blue for the dialer, green for messaging.
  • The messaging app has a slick look (reminiscent of WhatsApp and the Play Store) with a green status bar. There are no messages in the photos so we can't yet tell if there will be any changes to how they are displayed.
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The new color-coded messaging app and dialler screens. / © 9to5google
  • The phone dialer is pretty similar to Android 4.3 but gets a light blue scheme with a white background.
  • The keyboard (from the Korean IME in the Play Store) has a black status bar with light gray scheme, the same thing we've seen in other leaks and the bar-room video. The image also shows a Key Lime Pie debug icon which apparently hadn't been changed to KitKat when the screen caps were taken.
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This image from the Play Store shows a Key Lime Pie debug icon with gray icons. / © Google

There are no functionality changes to be seen yet, but these won't be far away. With the Nexus 5 pretty much confirmed to be releasing next month with Android 4.4 KitKat, it won't be long before we get more leaks and confirmations. For now though, this new flat, Holo-standard, color-coded interface is enough to wet our whistles in anticipation of the big reveal next month.

What do you think of the new interface? Legitimate? Cool?

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