Google has officially taken the wrapper off the newest version of their operating system, Android 4.4 KitKat. The first device to get KitKat will be the Nexus 5 announced today by Google with owners of all Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices getting the update over the next several weeks. Google also indicates owners of the Google Play Edition versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will receive KitKat as well.
One of the key benefits of KitKat we have been hearing about is the attempt to make the latest version of Android run on lower and middle tier devices. Google confirmed this effort is part of the release of KitKat and is called Project Svelte. The memory footprint and management of several components of the operating system, all the way down to the kernel, have been optimized to be able to run “comfortably” on as little as 512MB of RAM. These optimizations even extend to specific apps like Chrome and YouTube. » Read the rest