Android 4.4 KitKat details surface: Optimized for low memory usage, better wearable support and more
Here is a fresh new leak about Android 4.4 KitKat. As reported by Amir Efrati, Google’s next version of Android will help the company in resolving the fragmentation issue plaguing the OS and will be optimised to run smoothly even on low-end devices.
From the leaked documents that Amir got his hands on, KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and will be providing “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices with as much as only 512MB of RAM.
KitKat will also add support for three new sensors to the OS – geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. With these sensors, Google’s upcoming wearable technology devices like Glass and smart watch should be able to provide better and relevant information to its users. These sensors should also help in boosting the usability of fitness tracking applications currently available on the Play Store.
Google is also looking to give NFC and Wallet another lease of life. With KitKat, developers will be able to emulate physical cards without a secure element that is currently required for Google Wallet to work properly.
The company will also include an IR blaster API so that OEMs like HTC and Samsung don’t have to use their own widely different solutions on their devices. Finally, Google will also be adding proper Bluetooth HID and MAP support with KitKat allowing Android devices to be compatible with more Bluetooth enabled devices like Keyboards, game controllers etc.
Considering that Google’s tagline with KitKat is to “make an amazing Android experience available to everybody,” the above information seems pretty spot on. Google is expected to unveil Android 4.4 KitKat and Nexus 5 today, without holding any event.