Now that the Nexus 5 has gone official the attention of existing Nexus owners turns to the imminent release of Android 4.4, codenamed KitKat.
In this post we take a look at what to expect when your upgrade arrives on your Nexus 7, Nexus 4 or Nexus 10.
Android 4.4 KitKat
Here’s a quick round up of the more interesting improvements that should be available on all current Nexus devices:
- “Ok Google”: No need to touch the screen to get things done. Just say “Ok Google” to launch voice search, send a text, get directions or even play a song.
- Lock Screen Art: The lock screen background will now display album art from the current playing music.
- Immersive mode: Automatically hide everything except what you really want to see. Just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back your status bar and navigation buttons.
- Smart Caller ID: Whenever you get a call from a phone number not in your contacts, your Nexus will look for matches from businesses with a local listing on Google Maps.
- Printing: Print photos, documents, and web pages from your phone or tablet. You can print to any printer connected to Google Cloud Print.
- Bluetooth MAP support: Support for Message Access Profile (MAP) now included to allow Bluetooth-enabled cars to exchange messages with your device.
- Chrome web view: Applications that embed web content now use Chrome to render web components quickly and accurately.
- Chromecast support: A Nexus + a Chromecast (if ever released in the UK), will allow you to watch Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, etc on your HDTV.
- Device management: Locate or wipe your device remotely, previously possible via an app, now built in.
- Downloads app redesign: The Downloads app has been givven a make over, adding new sort options and views for all your files.
- Easy home screen switching: Easily switch between home screen replacements using Settings > Home.
- Location modes and monitoring: Conserve battery using this option Settings > Location to switch between high accuracy and battery-saving location modes. No need to toggle GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network settings.
- Music and movie-seeking from lock screen: Jump to a specific part of a song or video from the lock screen. Long press on the play or pause button and then select the point you want to jump to.
- Secure app sandboxes: Application sandboxes have been hardened with Security-Enhanced Linux.
For the original Google list, click here.