Google releases KitKat – the new Android OS

Google announced the release of KitKat, the newest version of Android.

The company said the new release slims down Android’s memory footprint so “Android can run comfortably on the 512MB of RAM devices that are popular in much of the world, bringing the latest goodies in Android 4.4 within reach for the next billion smartphone users”.

Android KitKat accomplishes this by “removing unnecessary background services and reducing the memory consumption of features that you use all the time”.  KitKat also includes an updated phone dialer,  which directly integrates search across contacts, nearby places, and Google accounts.  An updated Hangouts app now integrates SMS and MMS messages together along with video calls and other conversations.

KitKat promises it will make the experience “more engaging: the book you’re reading, the game you’re playing, or the movie you’re watching – now all of these take centre stage with the new immersive mode, which automatically hides everything except what you really want to see”.

In related news, Google also launched Nexus 5, positioning it as the giant’s newest flagship smartphone.  The device is manufactured by LG Electronics.