Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Android 4.4 may change the way we use custom ROMs

Android 4.4 brought on a lot of changes to the operating system in general terms, but one change to how the system reacts to perceived malware could have a ripple effect. When booting, Android 4.4 uses a device mapper (dm-verity) to reduce the risk of root kits on your OS. This new device mapper checks the filesystem storage, and attempts to detect modifications at the block level.

Google Caller ID will make use of Google+ profile photos beginning next year

Android 4.4 brought a new look to the dialer and along with that comes some new features. One of those features can be found in the settings, it is listed as "Caller ID by Google." This one is turned on by default and for now, is listed as being able to show names for people and businesses not in your contact list. Simply put, Caller ID on a mobile device, but there is more coming next year.

Android 4.4 Kit Kat arrives unofficially for the Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Following the launch of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat, Google offered some details in terms of which Nexus devices were going to get an update. That list included the usual suspects such as the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets as well as the Nexus 4 smartphone, however there was one device left missing -- the Galaxy Nexus. Basically, the Galaxy Nexus has reached the end-of-line in terms of updates.

Photospheres getting a big fix in Android 4.4

Photospheres are great — in theory. In practice, we often have a tough time getting it right. Sometimes, it’s not even our fault, either. We stand still, we rotate slowly, but there are still half clouds or people who's right arm sits over their left leg.

Android 4.4 dialer may display ads [UPDATED]

Google has gone to great lengths lately to make sure their ads reach just about everywhere. They’re a the top of your search, and are now scrollable on mobile devices. As Google continues to make a bulk of their revenue via Search, they’re increasingly involving it in our experience.
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