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Android 4.4 KitKat (API 19)
Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat on September 3, 2013. Although initially under the "Key Lime Pie" ("KLP") codename, the name was changed because "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie."[1] Some technology bloggers also expected the "Key Lime Pie" release to be Android 5.[2] KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 on October 31, 2013, and was optimized to run on a greater range of devices than earlier Android versions, having 512 MB of RAM as a recommended minimum; those improvements were known as "Project Svelte" internally at Google.[3] The required minimum amount of RAM available to Android is 340 MB, and all devices with less than 512 MB of RAM must report themselves as "low RAM" devices.[4]
Version Release date Features Image(s)
4.4 October 31, 2013[5][6]
  • Refreshed interface with white elements instead of blue.
  • Clock no longer shows bold hours; all digits are thin. The H, M, and S markings for the stopwatch and timer have been removed, leaving just the numbers.
  • Ability for applications to trigger translucency in the navigation and status bars.[7]
  • Ability for applications to use "immersive mode" to keep the navigation and status bars hidden while maintaining user interaction.[8]
  • Action overflow menu buttons are always visible, even on devices with a "Menu" key, which was officially deprecated by Android 4.0.[9]
  • Write access disabled for user-installed applications on external storage (i.e. MicroSD), except for their own directories inside Android/data.[10][11]
  • Purging of app data directories in user storage (internal user storage and MicroSD) upon uninstallation[11]
  • Optimizations for performance on devices with lower specifications, including zRAM support and "low RAM" device API.[3]
  • Wireless printing capability.[3]
  • NFC host card emulation, enabling a device to replace smart cards.[3]
  • WebViews are now based on the Chromium engine (feature parity with Chrome for Android 30).
  • Expanded functionality for notification listener services.[3]
  • Public API for developing and managing text messaging clients.[12]
  • Storage Access Framework, an API allowing apps to retrieve files in a consistent manner. As part of the framework, a new system file picker allows users to access files from various sources (including those exposed by apps, such as online storage services).[13]
  • New framework for UI transitions.
  • Sensor batching, step detector and counter APIs.[3]
  • Settings application now makes it possible to select default text messaging and the home (launcher) application.
  • Audio tunneling, audio monitoring and loudness enhancer.[14]
  • Built-in screen recording feature (primarily for developers, as usage of ADB is required).[15]
  • Native infrared blaster API.
  • Verified boot.
  • Enforcing SELinux.
  • Expanded accessibility APIs and system-level closed captioning settings.
  • Android Runtime (ART) introduced as a new experimental application runtime environment, not enabled by default, as a replacement for the Dalvik virtual machine.[16]
  • Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) support.[17]
  • Disabled access to battery statistics by third-party applications.[18]
  • Settings application no longer uses a multi-pane layout on devices with larger screens.
  • Wi-Fi and mobile data activity (TX/RX) indicators are moved to quick settings.[19]
  • Disables text wrapping in the WebView browser component.[20]
Nexus 5 (Android 4.4.2) Screenshot.jpg
Android 4.4 home screen
4.4.1 December 5, 2013[21][22]
  • Better application compatibility for the experimental Android Runtime (ART).
  • Camera application now loads Google+ Photos instead of Gallery when swiping away from the camera view.
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes.


4.4.2 December 9, 2013[23]
  • Further security enhancements and bug fixes.
  • Removal of the "App Ops" application permissions control system, introduced in Android 4.3.[24]


4.4.3 June 2, 2014[25][26]
  • Refreshed the Dialer app's interface.[27]
  • Updated the Chromium-based WebView to version 33 (screencasting to DevTools, HTML5 Canvas hardware acceleration performance improvements, vibration API, HTML5 form validation, and an HTML5 datalist).[28]
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes.


4.4.4 June 19, 2014[29]

Android 4.4W KitKat, with wearable extensions[edit]

Android 4.4W KitKat, with wearable extensions (API 20)
On June 24, 2014, a version of Android KitKat exclusive to Android Wear devices was released.
Version Release date Features
4.4W[31] June 25, 2014[32]
  • Initial release of the Android Wear platform for smartwatches: the same as Android 4.4 "KitKat", but with wearable extensions added.


4.4W.1 September 6, 2014[33]
  • UI updates for Google Maps navigation and alarms.


4.4W.2 October 21, 2014[34]
  • Offline music playback.
  • GPS support.
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