Android 4.4 Kit Kat features will include the unsavory fact that the SIM region lock that currently impacts the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be extended to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This information is sure to upset users after the recent controversy over the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 being SIM locked by region, though it does mean that the two older devices will be getting the new OS update. In addition a vast series of screenshots have leaked giving users their first clear look at Android 4.4 Kit Kat's interface.
Android 4.4 Kit Kat features came after some furor over the fact that a SIM lock comes into place for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 when the device is turned on for the first time with a foreign SIM card. The device can be used anywhere in the world only after it has been activated with a local SIM card. This has caused problems for some users, particularly on the Xdadevelopers forum and it was made clear in an official Samsung statement that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 cannot be used with SIM cards from a reason it was not bought in. Basically what that means is that a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 purchased in Europe cannot be used with a SIM card from the USA, if it wasn't used with a local SIM the first time it was activated. If you activated the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a foreign SIM then you must purchase an unlock code to be able to use it with any SIM card or a Samsung service center should unlock it for free. On the other hand, there continue to be reports that even when using a local SIM the device is not unlocked so clearly the issue hasn't been resolved yet.
Android 4.4 features will include this unwanted aspect when the new OS update comes to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. This does mean that both older devices will get the new OS update, which is certainly something to be pleased about. SamMobile reports that a Samsung rep unwittingly confirmed that the Android 4.4 Kit Kat update would be coming to the two devices, with the unfortunately limiting feature, "Moreover, what's worrying is that the aforementioned company rep said that the region lock will be extended to current devices like the S3 and Note II with the Android 4.4 KitKat update, meaning international roaming would become impossible unless you continue to use a SIM from the home country of the device." Most users likely won't be affected by the SIM lack and Samsung is likely counting on the fact that whatever users they lose will be made up by increased profits through cutting out the gray market. Basically the practice of buying Samsung devices in one region and selling or using them in another will no longer be possible.
Other Android 4.4 features were made clear from a variety of screenshot leaks on Trusted Reviews. Android 4.4 Kit Kat appears to be running on a Nexus 4. The leaks showed what appears to be the early build of Android 4.4 Kit Kat, still with the ever present Key Lime Pie icon. Various things revealed included changes to the color scheme with more white and grey, away from the blue icons. The Android 4.4 Kit Kat animations have also been made smoother. Android 4.4 Kit Kat has a redesigned phone app and camera app with new additional options that in some ways resemble iOS 7, though it apparently isn't as much of a radical redesign, "but rather a gradual introduction of new features that aim "to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody." The availability on older devices like the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 might indicate that the firmware is easy to install on many older devices. Perhaps even HTC may be able to update a good range of its product offerings, something it has struggled with when it comes to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Android 4.4 Kit Kat features have major changes particularly with the camera app. The camera app was already what got a redesign with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It appears that there are further changes coming to the camera app where numerous filters that resemble Instagram have been introduced along with options to preview all pictures before applying filters. In addition there is printing and PDF integration built into the settings menu. Users can save images as PDF's or send them to the local printer and modify things like paper size, colors, number of copies and orientation. There is also wireless NFC payment integration built into the settings menu which removes the need for third party apps that perform the same function. A complete list of Android 4.4 Kit Kat features known to date include the following:
-Firmware availability to older phones
-Fragmentation changes (screen resizing)
-New Gallery Visualisation
-New APIs regarding animations
-Change android default blue to other preset palette colours
-New notification widgets
Android 4.4 Kit Kat features may arrive as early as October 14, which is when Google has an event that is scheduled. Most evidence suggests that the company will announce the launch of Android 4.4 Kit Kat along with the release of the Nexus 5. The much leaked Nexus 5 is expected to be the first device that will run Android 4.4 Kit Kat. Another possibility is that the Nexus 10 second generation refresh will also be announced, expected to run Android 4.4 Kit Kat as well. If Android 4.4 Kit Kat can reduce Android fragmentation then it will be a welcome improvement on top of the current changes.
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