Android 4.4 KitKat will not only optimize older phones and tablets but also deliver better gaming experience than ever. Here are the five key enhancements your Android KitKat-running device is destined to get for more immersive gaming experience.
Source: Play Store
Android's Game Centre
Google has an answer to Apple's Game Center, and it is now available from the Play Store, the Google Play Games. The application is a utility designed to let developers enable cloud-based saving of game progress, in-app achievements and online multiplayer mode into their applications.
Google wanted to present a turbo-charged game centre and enhanced gaming experience for Android fans. Google Play Games also feature Google+ social integration, collection of great games and score comparison with other players online.
It is expected that Android 4.4 KitKat will open new rooms for innovation on the Play Games as the new software allows optimization on older devices.
OpenGL ES 3.0 for Android
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean featured the OpenGL ES 3.0 version to improve graphics rendering quality. OpenGL ES is a computer programming rendering application programming interface or API which renders both 2D and 3D graphics on display and video games.
OpenGL ES is typically found in smartphones, tablets, game consoles and PDAs with appropriate drivers to use it. Notable mobile devices with OpenGL ES 3.0 ready drivers are Nexus 7 2013, HTC One, LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 Snapdragon variant, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Sony Xperia Z and Apple iPhone 5S.
In addition, some graphics processing unit support OpenGL ES 3.0 include Adreno 305, 320 and 330 for Android; Mali T6xx series on Linux and Windows 7; Vivante for OS X 10.8.3 and Windows 7; NVIDIA on Linux and Windows 7; and Intel for Linux.
Android 4.4 KitKat features additional range of support among other processor types such as NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung's Exynos which means that the graphics rendering will be improved dramatically.
Better CPU Support
CPU and GPU are essential to make any game run smoothly, especially if 3D rendering is required. So, Google made sure that Android 4.4 can handle the demand of more 3D games coming on the Play Store.
According to AndroidCentral, Google opened the experimentation on Linux kernel version 3.8 to improve several aspects of the Android OS. Linux kernel 3.8 will provide Android three major enhancements:
1. Support for open source NVIDIA Tegra and Samsung Exynos DRM drivers
2. Support for Flash-Friendly File-System
3. Low memory footprint
If Android 4.4 KitKat features Linux kernel 3.8, Android devices can smoothly run games, give better 3D experience and, virtually, lagless performance for the light memory requirements.
Network and Wireless Connectivity Enhancements
As expected, Android 4.4 have improved network coverage and better wireless connectivity which are essential for gaming experience. The Google Play Games allow multiplayer gaming which requires an Internet connection and players shouldn't be bothered by buffering and lag issues due to system problems with Wi-Fi or 4G.
Google surely upgraded the native sensors and wireless connectivity mainly used by users which helps to sustain stable connection. In this way, players can get immersive gaming experience without getting disconnected that often.
Battery Life Improved
Better 3D graphics rendering, more CPU supports and enhanced Internet connection requires one last thing - battery life. Of course, Android 4.4 KitKat will put more juice on the battery of your device.
Longer standby time, profile mode and restricted background management are all expected features included in Android 4.4 KitKat. This gives users more time to work and more live moments to play on their newly upgraded Android device.
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