11 Awesome Features That Make The Android 4.4 KitKat Incredibly Sweet

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Have you gotten your hands on the LG-made Nexus 5 yet? You haven’t? That’s a shame, because you’re missing out on Google’s latest Android 4.4 KitKat mobile operating system. What’s the big deal about the most recent sweetly named Android OS? We’re glad you asked. Because KitKat has some very cool features that make it a must-have. Check out these 11 awesome features. We’re pretty sure these will give you a really nasty case of sweet-tooth.

11. Easter Egg

This doesn’t really reflect the performance of the Android 4.4 KitKat, but it’s a neat feature if you want to have fun with the new OS. Included in the operating system is an Easter egg that converts your smart phone into a virtual KitKat chocolate bar. This is done by constantly tapping the ‘Android 4.4’ text within the About Phone section of the Settings menu.

10. Emojis

Here’s another fun feature Google added to the Android KitKat’s Google Keyboard. Emoji, which is a Japanese term for those cartoonish ideograms and smileys seen in text messages and websites, can now be used in your messages instead of traditional text.

9. Contact Prioritization

KitKat will prioritize your contact list by sorting by the people who you chat with the most often. You can also search for places and businesses near your location from the search box at the top. The KitKat Contacts app can be linked up with your Google Apps contacts.

8. Message Consolidation

The latest Android OS will consolidate all of your SMS, MMS, video calls, and Google Hangouts chat messages into one convenient location. Another nifty feature is the ability to share location and animated GIFs via Google Hangouts.

7. Quickoffice Integration

After Google purchased Quickoffice several years ago, it’s nice to see it integrated into KitKat. Quickoffice is preinstalled and allows users to edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations

created with Microsoft Office or Google Docs.

6. Enhanced Caller ID by Google

How else can Google Search be used? How about by improving caller ID? If you’re tired of getting calls from unrecognizable numbers, this feature will resolve that issue by retrieving Caller ID information from local listings within Google Maps.

5. Full-Screen Album And Movie Art Combined With Controls

Here’s another fun feature for those who stream music or movies. KitKat allows full-screen album and movie art to appear, plus there’s also controls that let users play, pause, skip ahead, or lock the device’s screen.

4. Support for Integrated Pedometer

If you’ve been looking to invest into something like a FitBit, or are looking to lighten up your gadget load, you’ll really enjoy this feature. Since the Nexus 5 is equipped with sensors that support pedometer functions, KitKat can enable this hardware through apps like Move.

3. Immersive Display

Unlike previous versions of Android, where those intrusive status bar and navigation buttons remained on the screen, KitKat comes with a feature that hides everything while reading or watching a movie. If you want to get back the status bar and navigation buttons simply swipe the edge.

2. Unlimited Home Screen Panels

If you ever wanted an unlimited amount of app shortcuts, folders, and widgets on your home screen panels, you’re in luck. KitKat contains such an ability. So go crazy.

1. “OK Google”

Are you tired of touching that grimy screen to perform searches, send texts, get directions or play your favorite tunes? If so, (or if you’re just lazy – we don’t judge!) you now have voice control capabilities. Simply say “Ok Google” and the command you want from the home screen, or when Google Now is open, and voilà. You’re done.

What’s your favorite feature in the Android 4.4 KitKat? And, what would you like to see in future operating systems?

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Albert Costill
Albert Costill is a co-founder of evolvor.com and a freelance writer who has written for brands like ForRent.com and Search Engine Journal. When he’s not writing and brainstorming content ideas, this New Jersey native spends his time traveling, blasting music, and keeping his chocolate lab at bay.
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  • http://www.brand.com/blog James Halloran

    Nice! I wonder if the new Caller ID feature will still list people who call you under a *67 mask. Any thoughts?

    • Arty

      Google’s smart directory listing isn’t about unhiding a person’s phone number. All it does is retrieves a name for a given caller number if you don’t have that number in your contact book already.

      Masking the caller ID gives the android phone nothing to work off, and would still show up as a Withheld / Blocked ID…

  • firewalker

    Niether 11. or 9. work on my 2013 Nexus 7

    • Bob

      Both work for me.

  • http://www.androidphons.com/android-kitkat-4-4/ Himanshu

    The expectation from kitkat version are very high and I am really looking forward for features like “Enhanced Caller ID by Google” .

  • Mark Felt

    If you are feeling adventurous, active the ‘ART’ runtime under the ‘Developer Options’ configuration section.

    The ART runtime is designed to boost the launching and running performance of an app over the standard Darvik runtime.

    (Search for ‘ART Runtime’ for more info, and some apps may not work correctly with ART [they need to corrected to work with 4.4].)

  • http://mustmanoj.blogspot.com Manoj Soni

    Really nice features, specially Contact Prioritization, i was really looking for such feature, now waiting for Sansung Galazxy S4 to come up with kitkat.

  • Andrew H

    Just because it’s one of my peeves and makes me wince, it’s “voilà”, not “walla” (or whatever other spelling/pronunciation you choose). Thanks and you’re welcome for helping you sound more educated 🙂

    • http://www.moxiedot.com Kelsey Jones

      Whoops. Looks like the ed. team missed this one. I fixed it. Thanks for catching it Andrew.

  • Christian Hegerstroem

    My favorite feature is definitely the voice control from the home screen. I have been searching for such a thing ever since I got my Galaxy SIII.