Android 4.4 KitKat is set to be pushed on most Nexus devices after the October 2013 launch, and Google plans to make Android KitKat easier to obtain so you do not have to wait that much just to get a taste of it. Here are the top 3 reasons why Android 4.4 is easier to reach for your device.
Google Play Store
Nexus phones and tablets are instantly updated by Google once an Android version is available, but owners of other brands must wait till their manufacturers are able to create a new firmware which, by the way, takes time.
Ever since the beginning of Android OS, updates are always pushed via Over-the-Air procedure or PC Suite which sometimes takes months to reach devices. But now, a suspected plan can make Android 4.4 KitKat downloadable through "segmented firmware" method.
Google integrated all its services in one place, and behind the curtains, the company keeps updating them without our knowledge. Application updates are always linked through the Play Store, which is one method Google can use to allow Android 4.4 firmware to become reachable for all Android devices.
According to StuffTV, Google can snap some parts of Android 4.4 KitKat which can be updated quickly via Play Store containing new features such as themes, apps and more instead of keeping owners to wait for the whole OS itself.
It is unknown which parts of the system are going to be pushed via Play Store, but key applications under the Google Services from Android 4.4 KitKat are possible to become downloaded separately.
Stand-Alone System and UI
Google already demonstrated Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Vanilla running on the Samsung Galaxy S4 which removed the TouchWiz UI, freeing a lot of storage space. Android 4.4 KitKat may be designed to be downloaded in segments and installed on your branded device without any need for you to ask the manufacturer.
However, this will turn your device into a Nexus-type that only uses the pure interface of KitKat. So, if you are a fan of Optimus, Sense, TouchWiz and Xperia UIs, you may have to wait till your manufacturer releases the official firmware.
Moreover, the Vanilla stock firmware will remove exclusive apps from HTC, LG, Samsung and Sony which could affect functionality. An example of this is the Galaxy Note. Without Samsung's built-in apps, the S Pen may not work.
Manual Installation via Custom ROMs
Third-party developers who create custom ROMs will make Android 4.4 KitKat available soon, and if Google pushes the firmware in segments, custom ROM makers can quickly release beta version or nightly builds ready for downloads.
Be reminded that custom ROMs require manual installation on your device which may damage it. Make sure that the device has met all the necessary requirements to avoid bricking it and follow the instructions carefully. For safety precautions, download a stock firmware so you can re-flash it anytime if something unfavourable happens.
In addition, any warranties on your device are voided once you root or flash custom ROMs.
Play Store push of Android 4.4 KitKat firmware may not be difficult as various sources say Google wants all Android phones and tablets, old or new, to receive the latest software version and its features.
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