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October 31, 2013

Here it is Android 4.4 – KitKat

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You’ve asked for it, and Google has delivered! Android 4.4 KitKat is here, and with it, it’s brought a host of new features and improvements. Some are big, in-your-face changes, like the new Hangouts app,

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but others will require a bit of patience to start benefiting the user experience.

One case in-particular, is the new Immersive mode, which will allow developers to take advantage of the full screen space with their apps and games. We know what you’re thinking – wasn’t this the case already?
And the answer is no, because most of the time there was either a status bar on top, or Android’s navigation buttons taking up precious space. That was quite annoying for owners of phones like the Xperia Z1, for example, which has a massive, 5″ display, but a significant part of it has always been occupied by three on-screen buttons.

Now, should developers decide to take advantage of Immersive mode (and we sure hope that they will), you’ll be able to enjoy true full-screen apps and games on Android 4.4-running devices. And how do you get the nav keys back on screen in order to exit the app? Easy – you’ll just have to do a swipe from the top or bottom of the screen, in order to display the system bars again.

For the more visually minded folks, Google’s whipped up a video with Android’s Nick Butcher, Adam Koch and Roman Nurik discussing some of the new design elements in Android 4.4 KitKat.
Have at it!

Source: Google Developers

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini