Indigenous smartphone maker, Xolo has reportedly revealed that the company would release the latest the KitKat OS update to its popular handset Q700 in a couple of months time.
Every Tuesday, Xolo hosts a public discussion forum for its fans on Facebook, titled 'Tech Tuesday.' During this routine discussion yesterday (on 26 November), a Q700 owner, Raghav Royal Aggarwal posed a question asking the time line for the new OS update, in reply to which a company tech executive confirmed that the v4.4 KitKat OS update would be rolled out to the Q700 in one to one and half month's time, bringing a cheer among the brand's loyal fans.
Here is the screen shot of the conversation:
The company further said that Q800 and Q1000s will also receive OS updates (not KitKat) with bug-fix in near future, reported AndroidOS.in
Xolo Q700 made its debut in May this year and natively ran on the v4.2 Jelly Bean OS. It was recently updated to v4.2.1. Now, it seems the company may skip the v4.3 Jelly Bean and go for the new Chocolate-wafer flavoured KitKat instead.
So far, apart from Xolo, no other local vendors, even top players - Micromax and Karbonn have not announced their intention of releasing the new OS update to their smartphones.
As of now, Google affiliated Nexus devices - LG Nexus 4, Asus Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013), Samsung Nexus 10, Galaxy S4 (Google Edition), HTC One (Google Edition) and Motorola Moto X have begun receiving updates via OTA (Over-The-Air).
Word on the street is that Samsung may push KitKat to Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 in January. The OS is likely to arrive on Galaxy S3 and Note 2 by April next year.
Here is a brief description of key enhancements in the v4.4 KitKat OS update:
Improved Caller-ID: If a caller receives a call from unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the net with local listings via Google Maps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritise contact list for easy access, based on the frequency of the peoples' contacts to which users talk.
Immersive display: To enhance the 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 back the utility buttons.
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. They can also share location and send animated GIFs.
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.
NFC and Wireless Printing: Google's new OS comes with improved Quickoffice app where-in people can create and store word documents online as well as print files wirelessly on NFC-enabled HP printers.
Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile): This feature enables android devices in cars with Bluetooth support to exchange messages.
Multi-tasking: With efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening multiple applications; Listen to music while you can browse through the net.
Performance: With low system requirements the new KitKat OS is expected to bring performance enhancements and also increase battery life