More on Google’s Android Update

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Android’s big day has come with an interesting kicker for many of those who already own Google technology. Though many of the products shown will be released in the near future, one update is sneaking its way onto phones and tablets right now. What is it? Version 4.4.4 of the KitKat Android operating system.

 

A New Way of Doing Things

Earlier this month, Samsung began releasing this operating system update on a number of its popular models. This update has made its way onto various devices, including the Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3, S4, and S5. Verizon and T-Mobile have already sent these automatically to a number of clients and continue to do so.

This 4.4.4 update was publicly released by Google on June 19th, 2014. Hardware vendors typically take several months of vetting before releasing. What is most fascinating about this update is that many phones and devices will skip the 4.4.3 update altogether. Moving from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4 comes with several benefits, including:

  •   New dialer: This new color scheme is a lot cleaner than previous color schemes. It’s also more reliant on blue tones.
  •   Better HTML 5 rendering: More and more websites are using this latest standard of HTML. This update will allow mobile users to get more from their devices.
  •   Screencasting to DevTools: Building applications has gotten easier with this update. Now developers can record videos that align with segments of their code, producing much better applications.
  •   Corrected various bugs and security holes: This includes Heartbleed (fixed in 4.4.3) and another OpenSSL man-in-the-middle attack.

With such a penchant for innovation, it’s no wonder Google has captured over 78.4% of the market. And there is no doubt that they will continue to increase their market share for many years to come.

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