Popular indigenous smartphone maker, Micromax has reportedly released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the company's flagship handset Canvas Knight A350 in India.
The company took its official social network platform to confirm the news. The new update is said to be around 338MB in size and is available via OTA (Over-The-Air).
Smartphone owners can check for the update on their smartphone by –
Going to Settings >> About phone >> System update;
[Note: Since the roll out process is carried out in phases, it will take some time in remote regions to get the update. Users are advised to download the new firmware via Wi-Fi for smooth installation].
The news is certain to bring cheers to the Micromax fans, who were concerned whether their old Canvas Knight (released before June 2014) would get any update after the company started selling new units with KitKat OS out-of-the-box in late June. [More information here]
The new update is said to bring in enhanced user-interface and Music Album art will now be displayed on lock-screen and applications –'Where is my Perry', 'Toy Story' and 'Kingsoft office' have been removed due to space constraints.
Other improvements include smarter Caller-ID, more organized message grouping –Hangouts (all sms, mms and voice messages under one roof), quick access to settings, colourful Emoji characters on keyboard, enhanced voice search, Quickoffice word document app, wireless cloud printing (only with select HP printers) and many more.
Brief Description of Key Features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS:
Improved Caller-ID: If a user receives a call from an unknown number, the phone will look for matches on the Internet with local listings via Google Maps.
Priority Contacts: The new OS empowers the phone to automatically prioritize contact list for easy access, based on the frequency of the peoples' contacts to which users talk.
Enhanced Google Mobile Service (GMS) Apps: This application helps users to automatically back-up photos and video clips. He/she also can create, view, share, rename Google Docs and files.
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. He/she can also share location and send animated GIFs.
Emoji Characters: Initially, users had to install a third party app to use colourful characters in their SMS. Now, with the KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.
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 HP printers.
Location Menu: This integrated location menu enables users to easily activate GPS, Wi-Fi and mobile networks, while simultaneously keeping a tab on the battery consumption by the location service based apps.
Immersive Display: To enhance the entertainment factor, the new OS comes with immersive mode, where the status bar and navigation buttons disappear into the background while you play music, games and read e-books. Users can just swipe the edge of the screen to bring back the utility buttons.
Multi-Tasking: With an efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening multiple applications; Listen to music while you can browse through the Internet.
Performance: Like all other software updates, the new KitKat enhances smartphone's performance as well as efficient RAM management, leading to an increase in battery life.
[Image credit: Micromax Info]