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Android 4.4 KitKat 'Easter egg' animation

With each new version of Android there's a new, hidden animation tucked away in a corner of the Settings app. In Ice Cream Sandwich it was a NyanCat-style bugdroid robot. In Jelly Bean it was a field of floating, happy multicolored beans. In Android 4.4 KitKat there are actually three layers to...
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In Android 4.4, Google Now is finally part of your home screen

Swipe left-to-right to get to Google Now from the KitKat launcher When Google Now was unveiled back at Google I/O 2012, we asked how long it would be before this new predictive search app became your home screen. Now, with Android 4.4 KitKat on the Nexus 5, it seems that time has finally arrived...
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Kit Kat branches hitting the Android source tree, Nexus 5 factory images now available

Source code is coming and computers will soon be crunching Google's Ed Heyl has announced on the Android Building Google group that the source code for Android 4.4 in now available from Google. We'll have two branches — one for the open-source contribution and one for the Nexus 5 itself, per...
Google Wallet

Google Wallet 'tap and pay' can work on any Android 4.4 device, but still requires a U.S. SIM

Giving hope for the future of NFC payments rather than notably changing the way anything works today Changes in Android 4.4 KitKat are going to open up the possibilities of using NFC payments through Google Wallet, but it may not go as far as we would hope. Although the Google Wallet app itself...
Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Galaxy Nexus will not get Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.3 is the end of the line for the Samsung-made Nexus Galaxy Nexus owners, you might want to sit down for this. Your device won't be getting an official update to the newly-announced Android 4.4 KitKat. Quoth the Google support site: Galaxy Nexus will not be receiving the Android 4.4...
Moto X

Motorola to bring KitKat to Moto X, new Droids and Dev Edition RAZR HD

Small number of models confirmed for the update, others left waiting a while longer Motorola has just updated its customer help pages to reflect which devices will receive updates to Android 4.4 KitKat. Just as you would expect, all variants of the Moto X will be getting the latest software, as...
KitKat on HTC One

HTC One to get KitKat within 90 days in the U.S. [Updated]

Google Play editions updated within 15 days, unlocked + developer models in 30 days  Update: HTC America President Jason Mackenzie has told Engadget that the Google Play edition HTC One will be updated to Android 4.4 within 15 days, while the unlocked and developer models will see updates in 30...
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Video: What's new in Android 4.4 design

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, after the break!
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Video: What's new in Android 4.4

Google's Reto Meier — a great dude to do walkthroughs if we've ever seen one — dives through some of the more techy changes in Android 4.4 KitKat. Still a great watch for the rest of us. Set aside a dozen minutes and check it out.

Android 4.4 KitKat is official, launching on the Nexus 5

Streamlined performance, new smarter phone app, pedometer support, new "immersive mode" in new version of Android Along with the LG Nexus 5, Android 4.4 KitKat is finally official — and there's a whole bunch of new features to get to grips with, besides the obvious UI changes we've seen in all...
Kit Kat

Google releases Android 4.4 KitKat SDK

Developers will have access to new features and APIs with today's SDK update As part of today's announcements, Google has made available the Android 4.4 Kit Kat SDK component. Designed primarily for application developers, the SDK allows programs to be written using the newest APIs and features...

Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will all get Android 4.4 KitKat

Yeah, yeah. The new Nexus 5 is the first with Android 4.4. But if you're sitting on one of those other Nexus devices — as in 2012's Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, and the Nexus 7 (we presume both the 2012 and 2013 versions of it), know this: You'll be getting KitKat in the coming weeks as well. In addition...
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The Nexus 5 is official, Play Store now taking orders

Here comes Google and LG's next big thing Today brings an end to all the rumors, leaks and speculation — the LG-made Google Nexus 5 is finally official and the Google Play Store is now taking orders. Here's the long and short of it: This year's Nexus handset is a 5-incher with a 1080p display, a...
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Supposed leaked docs point to Kit Kat being designed for low spec phones, televisions and wearables

More last minute leaks point towards Kit Kat features Another to add the the list of rumors about what's next for Google has magically surfaced tonight. According to ex-WSJ reporter Amir Efrati, Kit Kat will focus on unifying Android and making the OS run better on low-end hardware. Specifically...
Nexus 5

Join the Nexus 5 discussion on the Android Central forums

We're getting closer and closer to the inevitable launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat, and with the device's image recently slipping out on Google Play — along with a $349 price point — there's more buzz than ever around this year's Nexus handset. The Android Central forums are a great...
SMS changes

Changes for SMS apps coming in KitKat - could this mean they are coming to Hangouts?

Text messaging apps stand to get a whole lot better — and, yes, likely will include Google's own Hangouts app The Android Developers blog wants the people developing third-party SMS apps to get ready for some big changes to come with KitKat. The short version is that you can now "officially" make...

Purported Android 4.4 KitKat leaked screenshots appear again

New version of Android said to be running on a Nexus 7 2013 edition Ready for another supposed KitKat leak? Today we see one from ZD Net, who bring us these images and screenshots of a 2013 Nexus 7 running what is labeled as Android 4.4 KitKat. There are a lot of things that look very different...
Nexus 5.

Alleged Nexus 5 images show Android 4.4 KitKat interface changes

New hardware and software shown in the latest round of Nexus leaks There's a new batch of Nexus pictures floating around today, showing what's purported to be the Nexus 5 from LG complete with plenty of looks at Android 4.4 KitKat.  The images, taken in Italy and displayed on the Tutto Android...

KitKat contest now live, win a Nexus 7, $5 Google Play credit or a bag of delicious

There may be more than you expected inside that KitKat wrapper If you needed another reason to be excited about the KitKat cross-branding between Google and Hershey's/Nestle, the contest everyone has been talking about is now live. Buy a specially marked KitKat bar, and after you're done licking...
Larry Page's KitKat bar

Google's Larry Page enjoying his KitKat

Breaking off a piece When you're the CEO of a company who knows how to have fun, even your candy bars are special. Here's A KitKat bar Larry Page is enjoying this evening to prove it. We have no idea if these will be available for us "normal" people, but you can bet we're trying to find out. And...