Do not look now, but it seems that new features are coming to the Android operating system when it comes out with version 4.4, lovingly called KitKat.
Several media outlets and tech blog sites have released leaked photos, said to be of Nexus 5 and the new OS. The new features being rumored to be debuting with KitKat?
Printing and Payments. It would seem that you would no longer need a mobile app to make near-field communication supported payments. You will also be able to play a video on your TV from your smartphone, and you can preview filters before applying them to your photos. You will also be able to print your photos without transferring them from your smartphone to your computer.
You will also have a smoother user interface to work with.
Hangouts Will Soon Have SMS?
Another interesting update from the Google front is the news that its Hangouts mobile app would soon have SMS capabilities. Google’s own instant video and messaging app is said to be adding SMS and MMS capabilities so that you could view your SMS on your Hangouts inbox. And yes, you could finally use Hangouts to send SMS messages to your contacts.
Could it be that there would soon be VOIP services for Hangout services?
Another question we have is whether Hangouts would come pre-installed on the next Android phones, and would it be replacing the messaging app that Android users are using right now?
Google Boasts that Android is More Secure than iPhone
Eric Schmidt who is an executive chair at Google says that Android is a lot more secure than iPhones. Schmidt explained that they are doing a lot of real world testing on Android’s security. On top of that, Google has released new security features with Jelly Bean 4.3. There is another pair of features that would become available on earlier versions of Android OS.
Do you think that Schmidt is spot on? Or just showing some love for the company he works for?
More articles in this topic
You cannot deny that Android devices are getting more and more popular. So much so that Android currently dominates the smartphone wars. Yup, more smartphones around the world are running Android OS than iOS, Windows Phone and all the other mobile operating systems out there. Why is this? Android is an open source operating system. […]Read more
Apple’s reign over the smartphone and smart devices market is long over. Taken together, there are now more Android devices around the world than there are iPhones and iPads. If you are still holding on to your iPhone, you might be persuaded to switch by this piece of news: Google has just improved its camera. […]Read more
For quite some time, Instagram was exclusive to iOS. Then it jumped to Android devices. In November 2013, Instagram launched its app on Windows Phone. And there are quite a few glaring differences. For one, the navigation buttons are all mixed up. Instagram on iOS and Android have the feed, explore, camera, notifications and profile […]Read more
- Image Recognition: Why It Will Never Beat QR Codes
- Northeast Elementary School Puts Book Reviews Behind QR Codes
- Microsoft Gets Access to NeoMedia Patent Portfolio
- Betfair Uses QR Codes on the Backside. Again?!
- Novel Ways to Use QR Codes for Marketing
- Japan’s NTT Docomo and Korea’s KT Launch Cross-Border NFC Service
- QR Codes A Big Thing For Small Businesses
- Portsmouth Police Department Utilizes QR Codes
- Funny Things To Print QR Codes On
- Sharing Your Album With QR Code
Google Android news and discussion.
Deliver latest top technology stories and breaking IT news
Near Field Communication (NFC) news, ideas, projects and technologies.
QR Code, Datamatrix and other two dimensional barcode news and analysis.
Tips, advices, how-to's and DIYs for the latest technologies.