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Google Pushes Android KitKat To Nexus Tablets

Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat in the coming days.

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Google announced that it has begun pushing Android 4.4 KitKat to the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The operating system is first being made available to Wi-Fi-only models in the U.S., with other models and regions to follow later.

According to Google, one of the biggest changes in Android 4.4 KitKat is streamlined code. Google cut down on the complexity of the operating system so that it can be used on a broader range of hardware. Google said devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM will be able to run KitKat with most features intact. In other words, Google wants KitKat to work on entry-level devices better. That's a good thing.

This means the new operating system should run quite smoothly on the Nexus tablets. The Nexus 7 has a quad-core, 1.5-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2 GB of RAM, and the Nexus 10 has a Samsung Exynos 5 Dual processor with 2 GB of RAM. They have more than enough juice to get KitKat flowing.

[ Will KitKat work on Google Glass? Read Google Glass Update Precedes New Hardware. ]

Most of the other improvements to the operating system are under the hood and meant for developers. Developers will be able to add printing functions to their apps, as well as take advantage of new animations, transitions, graphics acceleration, accessibility APIs, screen recording, and bezel-to-bezel apps. KitKat supports more Bluetooth profiles, and bakes in support for IR blasters for controlling home theater equipment. The Android 4.4 KitKat SDK is already available for download.

Some of the user-facing improvements in the OS include better notifications, a revised launcher, a new phone dialer app, improved device-wide search, and baked-in support for Google Now across the platform. There are plenty of changes to the home screen behaviors, as well as the main app menu, which has been dramatically simplified. Google lumped together some of the controls for customizing the home screen panels, for example, which eases usability a bit since they are all in one spot. Google also made the icons a lot bigger so they are easier to see.

Both the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Nexus 7 will receive the new operating system. In addition to the tablets, Android 4.4 KitKat will also be available on Nexus 4, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and HTC One Google Play edition mobile devices in the coming weeks. (The Play Edition devices are flagship-grade hardware with stock Android on board instead of the manufacturer's user interface). KitKit is preinstalled on the Nexus 5 smartphone.

One of the main benefits of owning a Nexus-branded device is having first access to the latest system updates from Google. This is a prime example of that benefit at work.

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User Rank: Apprentice
11/26/2013 | 4:35:43 PM
Re: Beware of NEXUS products
I honestly made an account just to tell you how much of a moron you are...

Before you decide to defend yourself, please look up the definition for moron: A stupid person. Just in case you need it, the definition for stupid is: lacking intelligence or common sense.

I don't know about your intelligence, but your common sense seems lacking.

You bought a Galaxy Nexus in May 2013, according to your post. The Galaxy Nexus actually launched in November 2011. This would make the phone close to a year and 6 months old by the time you bought it. During this time, Ice Cream Sandwich had just launched.

The Nexus 7 was released July 13, 2012. This was 9 months later. By that time, Jelly Bean had just come out.

So, by your logic... if I bought a Motorola Razr Flip Phone today from a store, it would be newer than my Nexus 4 I bought 5 months ago, right? Then, obviously, it should support KitKat... I'll be fuming if it doesn't!

Your name may be techray, but I highly doubt there is anything 'tech' about you. Maybe I'm ignorant in assuming that, that has anything to do with the name, but I'll take the chance. Anyone in the tech industry would know that 2 years is a VERY long time in the mobile development world. As of right now, your cell phone is 2 years old. Your tablet is a few months over a year old--4, FYI. If I bought a 2 year old cell phone, I'd honestly be amazed if KitKat worked on it. To be completely honest, I'll be surprised if the L or M updates work for my Nexus 4. 


Oh, and my Nexus 7 just got KitKat. Love it!
User Rank: Apprentice
11/19/2013 | 6:03:23 AM
Re: Beware of NEXUS products
Do you have the slighest idea as to why I called you "IGNORANT" ? I don't have to know you to know that you are indeed Ingorant and by the comment I just read, stupid aswell.

You don't know why Google didn't issue an update for the Gnex yet you rant about not ever buying Nexus products. That also tells me that you are a stereotype. Why blatantly blame google when you don't know half of what's wrong with the Gnex you own ? Does that make you IGNORANT - Yes !!

So you are:

1. Ignorant (for blaming Google without any knowledge of the situation what so ever)

2. A Snob - Because you don't take me seriously even though I am right and just for calling you what you actually are. 

3. Stupid - For Buying a Galaxy Nexus while Nexus 4 was probably even cheaper and already 6 months old.  

4. A stereotype -  because you think one product failed to pass an update so every product will be abandoned by Google.

I would suggest a Therapiest. Oh yeah and probably a CT SCAN for your brains, I think you have some problem. 

It's not even worth replying to your comments anyway so Take care and talk to your doctor. 
User Rank: Apprentice
11/17/2013 | 10:43:03 AM
Re: Beware of NEXUS products
My feeling is that someone that feels the need to call someone he doesn't know "ignorant" lacks any real manners or intelligence. Shame on your parents for raising such a socially inept child. I really can't take you seriously. Get yourself a therapist.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/16/2013 | 10:13:55 PM
Re: Beware of NEXUS products
You sir are the most ignorant person ever. 

Google didn't abandon you, The company that makes the OMAP processor abandoned you. A company named Texus "Something" used to make the OMAP processor that is present on your GNex device. They are no longer capable of giving google the drivers required to run Kit Kat on Gnex. Which is why Google cannot update your device with Kit Kat. I am aware that Cyanogen can help you with that but they too are probably using the old drivers. Some features may not work, the phone may not be stable. There can be issues. Exactally why Google officialy didn't update your GNex. 


Go ahead buy the iCrap and BTW how can someone buy a Brand New GNex  anyway when Nexus 4 was already 7 Months old and probably came cheaper than the GNex ??? 
User Rank: Apprentice
11/16/2013 | 1:13:48 PM
Beware of NEXUS products
Your article is not accurate. Owning a Nexus product is no guarantee of getting the newest Android OS first or even AT ALL. Google abandoned me!

I purchased a New Samsung Galaxy Nexus 6 months ago. It came with Android JellyBean OS. I have been told that Google will not be giving the new KitKat 4.4 OS to the Galaxy Nexus. It's only 6 months old!!!

I own several Google products and specifically bought the Galaxy Nexus for the reason you described but Google has ripped me off. They will be updating my Nexus 7 that I have had for much longer than my Galaxy Nexus. I have coordinated all of my devices to Google (Laptop, Tablet, Phone, Chromecast) but that loyalty is over. I will be converting to Apple over the next several montha and;



Goodbye GOOGLE! And no thanks!
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