Android 4.4 screenshots surface, show off new camera UI
Google unveiled its latest Android build, version 4.4 KitKat exactly one month ago, and today we have some screenshots of exactly what's been updated.
As with the other incremental updates since version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the updates of the latest build are almost exclusively under the hood. Nevertheless, some of the latest inclusions are more noticeable, like the updated camera interface.
The leaked images are likely a bit dated - or Google simply hasn't gotten around to changing the build name - as there are several mentions of Key Lime Pie rather than KitKat.
In the Settings menu, you'll find new integration for a Printing and Payments system, which brings wireless NFC payment to the main Android architecture, rather than relying on third party apps. Looks like the same will be done with printer support. Then comes Miracast, which will let you screencast your device to a supported TV.
Like we said, UI changes are mostly minor, although animations are reportedly much smoother.
A few additional Google apps are set to come preloaded on KitKat - Drive and Keep. The first lets you access your documents on Google's cloud storage service, while Keep is used for note-taking.
The camera UI now features Instagram-like previews of your applied filters. There's also a print menu that allows you to save your image as a PDF, or print to a local or network printer. There are options for paper size, colors, orientation and number of copies.
Android 4.4 KitKat may become available as early as this month, with the release of the new Nexus 5.
- 06 Oct 2013
I've been dreaming of swiping (nfc) the phone on a printer & get document printed through phones only. rather than download it to PC then starts the printing. please implement google.... we might need new printers again..... lol. making more tras...
- 05 Oct 2013
Nothing major change in the UI. It's basically the same from ICS. Just more lags, heats, and worst security issues in Android. Not to forget, NSA spy on Android users like me. NSA officials can collect data such as contact list, call log, SMSs, live ...
- 04 Oct 2013
I assume you have not heard of launchers then???