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New Android 4.4 features and screenshots

Sterling Keys
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A new gallery showing off the supposed new screenshots of Android 4.4 has been posted online that showcases some more changes coming to the OS, both in the UI department and under the hood. As usual with anything that hasn’t been officially released or presented, please take all this with a grain of salt and while they may be some relatively well done screenshots, they could still be some relatively well done fake screenshots. 

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© Sundar Pichai

Gadget Helpline has posted an online gallery of Android 4.4 that highlights some of the big changes (and some not so big changes) that look like they’re coming. As above, it looks like internally Google is still referring to Android 4.4 as Key Lime Pie, the expected name of the next Android release. While this does seem a bit odd, it makes sense as we’re still seeing the name pop up in tests for the new Nexus and other devices. As well, the Android version, KRS65B Hammerhead, matches what we’ve seen in Nexus 5 leaks and tests.

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The dialer is one of the few things getting a small overhaul. © http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/

More changes under the hood

From what we can see in the screenshots, there isn’t much change behind KitKat and Jellybean in the UI department.  The dialer has been redone a built, some notification icons have been revamped, but it looks like the majority of the changes are coming in under the hood with Android 4.4. The report includes smoother animations and faster overall experience when using the stock OS. 

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Printing looks to be added for Android 4.4 / © http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/

One of the newer features highlighted seems to be a printing function available through Gallery images and documents. Included with the printing option is the ability to choose the paper size, orientation, color options, and number of pages to print. As well, some new options for Payments and Wireless Display (Miracast support for TVs) and Manage Mobile Plan are to be found underneath the hood.

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Big changes behind the scenes could mean very little UI changes. © http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/

With Google’s promise of making it a great experience on all devices, new and old, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise that the majority of the work is going on behind the screen.  As well, this is probably an older version of the OS from the summer, so it may be even more likely that what we’re seeing here has been changed or tweaked in some manner.

 

What do you think of the new screenshots?