Google Budget Phones Will Get Sweeter with KitKat OS
Google: Not everybody has the money to spend on the latest mobile phone in the market and consumers buying low-end phones often have to put up with a device that may not have features they would want in their gadget. The good news this Halloween is that buyers going for a less-expensive device will soon be able to enjoy Android 4.4 KitKat on their mobile phones, according to a report by Amir Efrati. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has worked on its operating system to make it deliver even on mobile phones that are designed for the low-end market.
For more about Android 4.4 KitKat, take a look at this video before continuing with our story below:
Cheap and loaded
This would mean you can buy a cheap device and still enjoy those apps that were previously working on a more expensive phone. Apparently, Google recognized it had to address the fragmentation issue associated with Android 4.4 KitKat that stopped the latest version of apps to run on this operating system. Once this barrier was removed, it was easy for developers to use this not only for low-end phones but also on a range of wearable devices and next-generation television sets. The exact date of the launch of Android 4.4 KitKat has not been announced by Google yet but once launched it is expected to give tough competition to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) that is always ready with its next version of iOS.
Tough competition to Apple
It was only last month when Apple launched its latest iOS version, and already more than 75 percent of its devices are using this newly released operating system. It is also rumored that Android 4.4 KitKat will include three sensors that were not present in the older versions of this solution. These sensors are a step counter, step detector and geomagnetic rotation vector. These sensors are specifically designed for Gem or the much anticipated Android-based Smartwatch by Google. These sensors will also be used for other wearable devices, boosting this emerging niche market.
The good news does not end here as this latest offering by Google will also allow users to make cashless payment thanks to the embedded NFC functionality. This technology will allow developers to enable mobile-phone owners to use their phones as credit cards and pay for their purchases at selected outlets accepting such payments.
Typically, new versions encourage developers to create new applications and it will be no different this time. Developers are already on the case and we should see applications that allow users of mobile phones and wearable devices to leverage their devices to control their television sets and switches at home. We should not have to wait long for this launch as holiday season is almost here – it’s pretty certain that Kit Kat will come very soon.