KitKat 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 design

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Am I the only one having video issues? Can't seem to get the video to play in the Android Central App.

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I'm playing it in YouTube app in Android...

Try search Android 4.4 in YouTube and in filter select today and you will get it...just see the preview image of the video and select the same when you search

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I'm playing it in YouTube app in Android...

Try search Android 4.4 in YouTube and in filter select today and you will get it...just see the preview image of the video and select the same when you search

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You aren't missing much, its a long boring discussion that could have been summed up in three paragraphs. Video takes a long time to say very little.

Save your time for reading the official AC review of the Nexus 5.

Um. Video can be just as concise as audio.

You really are the Skip Bayless of Android Central.

When is someone actually going to post a hands on video of kit kat.. We want to see it in action...

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Great video i thought! Lots of cool stuff coming with this update and gave me some new ideas to try out for the future

Regarding color change:

Initial feeling is that I prefer the current stock holo blue in the status/notification bar and as a confirmation indicator/feedback color.

For example, if my WiFi drops out, I'll notice it right away instead of having to distinguish between white and light grey.

Same thing when I get that feedback. I don't want to second guess between the "not pressed" light grey and the "pressed" 10% opaque light grey.

I'm assuming toggles are going to be handled the same way.

I'll definitely have to check it out first hand, but I have some reservations.

All the talk about the new hardware and software but no one is mentioning that the new hardware is bigger than the Nexus 4, which can be a minus. For people like me, who are not religiously dedicated to Android or iOS, size of the device matters. At the end of the day I want a phone that fits comfortably in my hand and pocket, and can be operated with one hand without juggling the phone so that a thumb can reach the far corner of the screen. That is where iPhone wins. I just don't understand why Google/LG is not paying attention to human engineering and ergonomics. Frustrating.

To each their own. Not everyone has small feet I mean hands lol. It's also so much easier on the eyes seeing things on a bigger screen. Would you rather have a 27 inch TV or a 50 inch? Sorry for being an ass.

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Yes! I'm glad I'm not the only one! All those god damn leaks and even now, not one person put the N4 next to the N5. Its been really aggravating me since I'm in the same boat as you. The N4 is the sweet spot for me and really didn't want a bigger phone. Regardless my N4 screen smashed and I've already ordered the N5. After some digging around, I've discovered the N5 is virtually the same width as the N4 and a hair taller. Its also slightly thinner and lighter than the N4. I hope this helps, hopefully I'll like it when it arrives. Here's where I was checking some of this info out, hope it helps you out: http://www.geek.com/android/nexus-5-vs-nexus-4-google-delivers-a-worthy-...

Don't like the blue going away. Transitions will only work in 4.4 + so that means since all these crappy devices still running 2.3 will make developer's skip this altogether. Supporting an old OS really holds android back so much.
9 of 10 developer's will not make an app for 4.4 and another for junk 2.3.

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After digging more into 4.4, I think I understand why there was no fanfare release. Much like 4.3, the kitkat update is essentially another developer update on the back end. There really are not many front end consumer features to even cover, hence no need for a big event. I see why they went with .4 instead of 5.o, because 5.o will likely be a more major front end consumer focused release. I mean I appreciate the functionality from the back end, but expectations, at least for me, was something more consumer focused, instead of developer.

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