Thursday, October 31, 2013

A confidential leaked doc shows Android Kitkat support for wearable gadgets and low end devices

Android fans, here's an exciting news for you. A document has been leaked from Google and Amir Efrati has brought this to us. This document gives more information about Android Kitkat saying that Google's update to the OS will not only support wearable gadgets but also the low end devices. This is a "confidential" document that Google shared with companies that make Android devices to explain the most important new this time, the report seems to be accurate, at the first glance. 

Google wants Kitkat be able to run on low end devices because these devices hold a major percentage of Android's total market share. 
KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and provides “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices,” such as those that have 512 megabytes of memory, according to the document.

Not only limited to small devices and tablets, Google also wants to run Android 4.4 on wearable gadgets such as smartwatches and Google Glass. According to the confidential document, KitKat is expected to support three new types of sensors: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. These sensors will help in measuring the distance covered by the user and also will help to develop health related apps and gadgets such as Fitbit and Nike Fuelband This looks like a good response to Apple's Motion Coprocessor that was introduced with this year's release of iPhone 5S. These may be loaded on Google's smartwatch or new Glass. 

With addition to these sensors, Google is also working on NFC on a greater extent NFC is currently used in Android devices for payment such as Google Wallet but doesn't have made much scope though. Google seems to be enhancing the ways to use the NFC enabled devices. 

 This document also shows that Search giant is working on controlling your TV with Android device. This will help in improving the way the control to TVs using IR Blasters which was a initiative by Samsung, HTC and LG. Mountain Giant is also working to improve Bluetooth functionality by adding Human Interface Device (HID) and Generic Attribute (GATT) profiles. These profile will help Android devices to interact with each other using Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, which was introduced in Android 4.3. 

Android 4.4 shows signs of better improvements and introduction of new technologies. We are hoping to see Nexus 5 capable of all these sensors and communication support, running on Kitkat. Prepare yourself for a sweet new treat. 


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