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Kit Kat Arrives OTA for Nexus 10's!
Latest Android OS arrives overnight

We woke up this morning to find the latest version of Android OS had indeed arrived OTA on the Nexus 10, and presumably is rolling out for the Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 7 (2013) models as well. The new Nexus 10 about to be released will certainly come with Kit Kat installed.

While its too early to give a hands on analysis, here are a few quick features we  see right now and are looking into all the rest! We'll follow in a few days with full details.

  •  Improved User Interface
  •  Better dialer and contact management - will look up caller ID for you for company matches (phone equipped systems)
  •  Hangouts - new messaging tool
  •  Google Now Upgrade
  •  Cloud Printing Improvements
  •  Chrome Rendering for web-based apps
  •  More Connectivity Options
  •  Screen Recording! Nice!

According to Google at these are the OS highlights:

  • Bluetooth MAP support
  • Android now supports the Message Access Profile (MAP) so Bluetooth-enabled cars can exchange messages with your devices.
  • Chromecast support
  • With your Android device and a Chromecast, you can enjoy your favorite online entertainment, from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, and Google Play on your HDTV.
  • Chrome web view
  • Applications that embed web content now use Chrome to render web components accurately and quickly.
  • Closed captioning
  • Android now supports closed captioning and subtitles. To turn on closed captioning, go to Settings > Accessibility and turn on Captions.
  • Device management built-in
  • If you ever lose your device, you can find or wipe it with the Android Device Manager?
  • Downloads app redesign
  • The Downloads app has been redesigned, giving you new sorting options and list and grid views for all the files you`ve downloaded.
  • Easy home screen switching
  • If you love to customize your device and have installed one or more home screen replacements, you can switch between them easily in Settings > Home.
  • Email app refresh
  • The redesigned Email app has a fresh new look with nested folders, contact photos and better navigation.
  • Full-screen wallpapers with preview
  • Your wallpaper now extends through the notification tray and system buttons. And when you change your wallpaper, you can preview just how it will look before you set it.*
  • HDR+ photography
  • HDR+ mode on Nexus 5 automatically snaps a rapid burst of photos and combines them to give you the best possible single shot. Daytime pictures are vivid with clean shadows, and nighttime photos are sharp with less noise.*
  • Infrared blasting
  • On devices with an infrared (IR) blaster, Android now supports applications for remote control of TVs and other nearby devices.
  • Location in Quick Settings
  • Access your location settings from anywhere with a new tile in Quick Settings.
  • Location modes and monitoring
  • If you want to conserve battery, go to Settings > Location to switch between high accuracy and battery-saving location modes. There`s no need to toggle GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network settings. And to see which apps have recently requested your location, go to Settings > Location.
  • Low-power audio playback
  • Android 4.4 on Nexus 5 lets you listen to music for longer - up to 60 hours of audio playback.*
  • Music and movie-seeking from lock screen
  • Jump to a specific part of a song or video from your lock screen. Just long press on the play or pause button and then select the point you want.
  • Secure app sandboxes
  • Application sandboxes have been hardened with Security-Enhanced Linux.
  • Step counting built-in
  • When you use fitness apps like Moves on Nexus 5, the phone acts as a pedometer to count steps. Android 4.4 and updated hardware make this a more battery-friendly way to measure your activity.
  • Tap to pay, built a new way
  • Android 4.4 introduces a new, open architecture for NFC payments that works with any mobile carrier, and lets apps manage your payment information in the cloud or on your device. Now you can tap to pay with Google Wallet or other apps at more than a million stores.
  • Touchscreen improvements
  • Improved software and Nexus 5`s new hardware mean Android responds to your touch faster and more accurately than ever before.*

*Currently only available on Nexus 5

We'll follow up within a few days so check back.

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