Android 4.4 KitKat: Release date, news and features

Google has renamed and renumbered the long expected version 5.0 of Android. It was to be named Key Lime Pie but now it has been renamed ‘KitKat’ and renumbered 4.4. The trade name KitKat is owned by Nestle and is being used with its permission. As a part of the deal, Nestle is currently running a contest to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit.

Android 4.4 is expected to become available to developers by the end of September this year. It may be available to the general public in late October or early November 2013. There are rumours that the exact date of October 14. However, this may or may not be true.

Android 4.4 features

Google has said that it is their goal to provide an amazing Android experience for everybody. In other words, Google wants Android to run on less powerful devices. There were reports that Android 5.0 would be optimized to run on devices with as little as 512 MB of RAM i.e. even the entry level smartphones available these days.

Google is working on Linux kernel 3.8. One feature of this kernel is low memory consumption. The latest version of Android is expected to be available for older phones as well..