Android 4.4 KitKat has arrived. It is not only an update to Google’s mobile OS. For Google, it is the key to reach the next 1 billion users.
According to Google, Android is growing at three times the speed of developed markets in developing countries; but the phones that are catching on in those markets are mostly running Gingerbread, a version of Android that’s now many versions out of date. These phones, however, have lower specs with only around 512MB of memory available, and Gingerbread is what’s required to fit within those tech requirements.
Until now, some lower-end Android phones couldn’t benefit from more recent Android releases due to memory constraints. With KitKat, Google has slimmed down Android’s memory footprint by doing things like removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features used all the time.
Google has done this not only within Android but across Google services like Chrome and YouTube. RAM is one of the most expensive parts of a phone, and now Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users.
According to Google, . “We’ve taken it and made it run all the way back on entry level phones. We have one version of the OS that’ll run across all Android smartphones in 2014.” Google wants to get everyone on the same platform, and is doing more than it ever has to end the fragmentation problem. They want to give a chocolate everyone can eat.
Check out the next video of how Android 4.4 KitKat runs on the all new Nexus 5
So do you want a KitKat?
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