Along with their highly anticipated Nexus 5, Google has today release Android 4.4 KitKat. The new version of Android brings an overall better experience to Android. Google has made changes to the phone app making it smarter and even finds local info to bring you the numbers you might need. The stock messaging app has also now been replaced with Hangouts, which now support SMS and MMS.

One of the things Google has been focusing heavily on lately has been contextual awareness to their apps, bringing info to you when you need it. The new launcher in KitKat brings that to the homescreen. Google Now can be launched with the simple phrase “OK, Google” just the Moto X, to start a search, make a call, or start a text. 

Android 4.4 will also provide better memory management for lower-end phones. Android’s memory management footprint has been slimmed down allowing the OS to run comfortably on devices with 512MB of RAM.  



Android 4.4 KitKat ships on the Nexus 5 and will be (officially) coming to the Nexus 4, 7, 10, and Google Play Edition devices over the coming weeks. Strangely Google decided to leave out the Galaxy Nexus.