The new Android KitKat update has been reportedly released to the Samsung and Sony flagship tablets in India.
Mobile arm of the consumer electronics giant, Sony has rolled out the Android v4.4.2 KitKat update to the flagship slate Xperia Tablet Z (3G model). The new firmware (build number: 10.5.A.0.230) is said to be available via over-the-air (OTA) and manual download through PC companion (Windows PC)/Bridge (Mac PC).
The new Android software is said to bring in camera enhancements including Creative Effect video, colourful emojis for texting and updates to many apps including email, calendar and more, according to the company.
Besides Sony, rival Samsung too has begun rolling out the chocolate-wafer flavored Android OS to the company's flagship tablet PC, Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Wi-Fi model in India, reported AndroidOS.in.
The new Android KitKat OS firmware brings in performance enhancements, immersive display mode, more organized messaging option Hangouts (all SMS, MMS, video, audio messages under single roof) and Samsung device exclusive tweaks include new launcher settings and improvements in UI menu.
Device owners can check for update in the setting options;
Go to Settings >> About Tablet >> Software update
Brief Description of Android v4.4 KitKat OS Update Features:
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.
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 and rename Google Docs and files.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Multi-tasking: With efficient memory management, users can multi-task by opening multiple applications; Listen to music while you can browse the Internet.
Performance: Like all software updates, the new KitKat enhances smartphone's performance as well as efficient RAM management, leading to increase in battery