Earlier this month, Xolo rolled out the KitKat OS update to Q1000 Opus and now the home grown smartphone maker has confirmed to release the chocolate-wafer flavored software to a few more Q-series smartphone in coming weeks.
Xolo confirmed the news via Facebook, while hosting the weekly discussion forum 'Tech Tuesday'. The company held Android KitKat theme based interaction with the fans revealing that select smartphones - Q700S, Q1010i, Q1010, and Q3000 will be receiving the KitKat update either by this month end or early June.
The revelation comes as a pleasant surprise considering Xolo, an Indian company is taking initiatives to release latest Android software to low-end phones, compared to MNC brands (except Motorola) who mainly focus on some elites top-end devices. This initiative by Xolo is certain to win loyalty of its consumers and trigger the same reaction from rival domestic players to offer timely routine updates to devices, thereby increasing healthy competition in India, world's third largest smartphone market.
While revealing lucky smartphones slated for OS update, Xolo also disclosed that the company has no immediate plans to release the new firmware to A600, Q900 and Q800 devices.
The new KitKat update is expected to bring in enhanced features such as smarter caller ID, more organized message grouping (Hangouts), quick access to settings, colourful Emoji characters on keyboard, Voice search (like seen in Moto X), Quickoffice word document app, Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile) and many more.
Description of Key features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS update:
Enhanced Google Mobile Service (GMS) apps: This application helps user to automatically back-up photos and video clips. He/she also can create, view, share rename Google Docs and files.
Location Menu: This integrated location menu enables users easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously keeping a tab on the battery consumption by the location service based apps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritize contact list for easy access, based on the frequency of calls made to a number.
Improved Caller-ID: If a user receives a call from unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the net with local listings via Google Maps.
Enhanced Message grouping: Google has brought in some improvements to the new Hangouts app; now, users can find all their text SMSs and MMSs, audio and video call details all at one place. people can also share location and send animated GIFs.
Immersive display: To enhancethe entertainment factor, the new OS comes with immersive mode, where the status bar and navigation buttons disappear in to the back ground while you play music, games and read e-books. Users can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring backtheutility buttons.
NFC and Wireless Printing: Google's new OS comes with a new Quickoffice app where-in people can create and store word documents in cloud storage as well as print files wirelessly on NFC-enabled select HP printers.
Emoji Characters: Initially users had to install third party app to use colorful characters in their SMS. Now, with KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.
Performance: Like all software updates, the new KitKat enhances smartphone's performance as well as efficient RAM management, leading to an increase in battery.
Multi-tasking: with efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening multiple applications; Listen to music while you can browse through the net.