KitKat in regard to aesthetics. Gone is the trailing blue line, and in comes the grey we’ve seen in KitKat builds. The update also brings a really neat addition to swipe-to-type, potentially making long messages really quick and easy.
Android 4.4 brings some very interesting improvements, and one of them is the new ART runtime environment. Currently, Android devices use Dalvik, which has been the go-to since inception. Bulky and dated, Dalvik was a major reason Android was unable to operate on lesser-than hardware. ART, however, is set to change all of that.
mention of a newer Android version on the Chromium site. If the information proves to be correct, we could see this new version before the year is out.
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.
change.org petition is being floated around which asks Google to support the Galaxy Nexus by bringing Android 4.4 to it. When Google announced they were bringing Android 4.4 to the Nexus masses, the Galaxy Nexus was strangely omitted. When prompted for a reason, Google noted the device fell out of an 18-month update window.
Google Now. That’s evident by the new launcher, and the immediate access to Google Now from the home screen. Of course, if you opt out of Google Now when setting up your device, it just about vanishes from the device. You can get it back, though — and it’s pretty simple.
Android 4.4, one major, underlying goal is to get the operating system on a variety of devices. Specifically, lower end devices that have languished on older versions of Android. While the initial footprint for KitKat is smaller, and lends itself to that end, there are other Google services to consider.