Android 4.4 (KitKat)
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Home-grown smartphone-maker Micromax has reportedly released the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to the flagship phablet series Canvas Doodle 3 in India.

The company confirmed the news on its official Facebook page. The update is said to be around 388MB in size and is rolled out via OTA (Over-The-Air).

Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS Update Rolled-Out to Micromax Canvas Doodle 3Micromax Mobile

Smartphone owners can check for update by:

Going to Settings >> About phone >> System update;

[Note: Since the roll-out process is carried out in phases, it will take some time to reach all corners of India. Once the notification pops up on smartphone, users are advised to download the new firmware via Wi-Fi for smooth installation]

Micromax Canvas Doodle 3 made its debut in late April with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS out-of-the-box. Now, the new firmware is said to bring in visually appealing user-interface, smarter Caller-ID, more organised 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.

Earlier this month, Micromax had released same Android v4.4.2 KitKat update to flagship smartphone Canvas Knight A350. [Read full report, here]

On 25 August, rival Xolo had also rolled out KitKat update to select Q and A series smartphones in India. [For more information , click here]

Brief description of the key features of Android v4.4 KitKat OS:

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.

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. Users can also share location and send animated GIFs.

Emoji Characters:  Initially users had to install third-party app to use colourful characters in their SMS. Now, with KitKat update, the keypad comes pre-loaded with native Japanese Emoji emotion icons.

Enhanced Google Mobile Service (GMS) apps: This application helps users to automatically back-up the photos and video clips. They also can create, view, share and rename Google Docs and files.

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.

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.

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.

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: Like all software updates, the new KitKat enhances smartphone's performance as well as efficient RAM management, leading to increase in battery life.