Since the launch, we were able to understand and analyze most of the functions that brings Android 4.4 KitKat, functions that you can see in our article dedicated to all the features of the new version. However, Google also has incorporated a large number of changes and improvements that are hidden under the surface and therefore are not visible to the naked eye, but they have a great effect on the usability offering their smart phones and tablets . Today we present these hidden features.
1. Applications, storage-optimized
Google has greatly reduced the demands of internal storage system for devices with 512 MB of RAM to run completely also very fluid. This optimization for mid-range devices not only affects basic system kernel and applications such as Google Chrome or YouTube, but all applications will benefit from this. Google made a new interface (API) available to developers so that your applications can work with less internal storage device and disable the functions allowing more memory occupant. In relation to monitoring memory consumption, there is an option for developers are presented as a storage usage graph called ‘Process Stats’ or applications statistics.
This means that applications will use the already limited resources more sparingly, so storage devices with less internal memory will be able to use the adapted version with less active functions. This makes sense for developers, enabling them to improve the compatibility of their applications.
2. Looks better, more fluid and full screen option
Google has conducted a redefinition of its user interface to provide a more clean and fluid. Developers can now benefit from a new line of design settings also help improve the appearance and behavior of their applications.
Mode “Full Screen” or full screen (Immersive Full-screen mode) allows the system to hide elements during the execution of applications, such as notification and navigation bars. Thanks to this, the software blends perfectly in the background while the content remains visible through the bars. Developers, in turn, may adjust the level of transparency.
This change means better interfaces of applications, a more unified overall look, a better presentation of content and more space for toggles on the edges of the screen. Full screen mode is especially key for visual content and is ideal for application developers departments photos, video, maps, books and games. All applications can provide better transitions and transparent rods.
3. More unified Captions
Android 4.4 brings a unified representation system captions. The user can adjust the preferred language as well as the size, font and where they want to display. They can also be adjusted the colors of the foreground and background.
This new measure will provide a more unified user experience, which is the ultimate goal. All subtitles applications using the present in the same style on all devices with Android 4.4. These appear, for example, in video with captions, or titles of web applications and magazines. Global adjustment options also provide assistance on performance for people with disabilities.
4. Centralized File Management
Android 4.4 offers a new framework (Framework Access Storage) for submission of all data stored on a device, be it a document, photograph or text. Standardized user interface unifies the various applications such as Drive, Dropbox, the download folder and the gallery, in a central location, showing all the data in a simple overview.
The new framework for the management and storage of applications is very useful for developers, enabling them to combine their applications directly to a centralized file management. For its part, the user will have a better overview of your files and documents, as all will be accessible through an interface from which you also can be managed.
5. Android 4.4 counts your steps
Android 4.4 includes native support for a new dual sensor: Recognition and pedometer. With these sensors, applications receive notification when the user is walking, running or climbing stairs. These new elements are implemented both on the platform and the hardware, which means that developers do not have to take care of this by developing their own algorithms.
The pedometer will be very useful for the growing number of fitness apps like Pedometer Runtastic, for example. For now, these sensors are only available on the Nexus 5.
6. Infrared Sensor
This year, several smart phones came and will come with an infrared (IR). Android 4.4 offers developers a corresponding API that allows remote programming applications. The API allows applications to use the IR sensor and send signals.
The smart phones have an infrared sensor remote control capabilities required. With the new API available in Android 4.4, developers can easily make your own applications and use the infrared sensor, which allows users to use their smart phones to televisions, stereos and even garage door.