KitKat Quick Start Guide available free in Google Play Books

In case you're looking for more information about Android 4.4, or to use it's more delicious name, KitKat, Google has you covered. The official Android 4.4 Quick Start Guide (53 pages) is available free from Google Play. You'll need to have Google Play Books installed to read it, so if you're using an older phone you'll need to grab that from the Play store first.

A quick glance shows sections about home screen setup, using Google Now, notifications, the new Tap and Pay system, and just about everything else someone new to Android or Kit Kat would want to know. This should be a good read to get started, and if you still need a little help — no worries, we all do sometimes — the forums is the place to get it.

Via: +Cassidy James

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • "This item is not available in your country" - Nice job Google...
  • Yup, UK personally. So bloody stupid. Posted via Android Central App
  • Doesn't work in Canada, I can only add it to my wishlist lol. Fail.
  • Here too. Posted via Android Central App
  • tjis is for all you,
  • I always never haha look at guides, kind of a spoiler of discovery lol Posted via Android Central App
  • Cool! Just got it, now I have reading for tonight, ha. Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4 with StraightTalk
  • "This item is not available for your country" please, upload the file for we???? Posted via Android Central App
  • From the guide it seems unless you have a nexus 5 you can't say OK Google or swipe to the left to get Google now. :( Posted via Android Central App
  • Yeah, I kinda gathered that as well. If that's the case, not cool. It clearly says for all other nexus devices swipe up from bottom for GNow access, and that N5 only has the GNow home screen and always listening activation. So, for the rest of us I guess 4.4 will be rather mundane. I do love the infinite home screens now. Really nothing in this guide worth noting and nothing that most don't already know. Pretty useless actually. Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4 with StraightTalk
  • I wonder though if the GNow things might be tied to that Google Experience Launcher that may supposedly be a Google Play app (GSearch)? That would mean technically it's not tied with 4.4 directly. Hmmm Posted via Android Central App on my white Nexus 4 with StraightTalk
  • This is usually for people who are new to android or may be real beginners altogether. As for the Google launcher, there is a post to download the individual apks that allows you to mimic that, I have it now and it's OK, I don't use it because the g note 3 is no longer 5x5 grid and there is no way to customize it, other than tsf or nova/apex/etc.
  • Would that have a hit on battery because of the microphone being always on? Posted via Android Central App
  • I had it on my 2012 nexus 7 and I was able to say "Ok Google" from any homescreen. Swiping to the left screen also worked on my nexus 7 and GS4.
  • I downloaded the 4.4 launcher to my s3 off droid matters (dot) com and along with and update to search and play services gnow is to the left of my home screen and if I choose I can have it listen for my voice. Posted via my SGS3 waiting on my black Nexus 5 32gb...
  • I'm mildly surprised nobody complained of the lack of a black theme.
  • Not available in my country Posted via Android Central App
  • Not available in Canada :-(
  • Not available in Australia either, how useless is that?
  • "Not available in your country". As with sooo many other things Google... Posted via Android Central App
  • Time to move I guess Posted via Android Central App
  • How do we access the developers options screen? Posted via Android Central App
  • Settings, About Phone, tap Build Number several times
  • You may thank me.
  • Thank you!
  • Thank you.
  • Thanks from Canada!
  • I'm ready for a port to my Note 3 Posted via Android Central App