Google hasn’t told us what to expect from Android 4.4 KitKat, but we’re already beginning to learn more about its features. A new gallery of reportedly leaked screenshots reveal KitKat’s design changes and new built-in capabilities, including mobile payment integration, printing, wireless display support and new camera filters.
The images, obtained by Gadget Helpline, don’t show any radical changes to Google’s OS. But there is a host of new options. The printing feature appears to be compatible with KitKat’s Gallery app for printing photos as well as QuickOffice for printing out documents. There’s also an option to convert photos and documents to PDFs and customize paper size, orientation and page numbers.
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The introduction of a Payments section in the Settings menu suggests that NFC mobile transactions will be built directly into the Android OS rather than only being available via third-party apps. We’re also expecting to see support for Miracast since there’s a subhead for Wireless Display within the KitKat Settings menu. This appears to be a direct shot against Apple’s Airplay feature for outputting video to TVs wirelessly.
A few noticeable changes are visible within the Gallery app as well, including photo editing additions such as Tilt-Shift, Center Focus, Negative and Postersize. Another new addition lets you choose the size and image quality of any image you edit by using an adjustable slider. The screenshots suggest that there will be a slew of new Instagram-esque filters to choose from that add different effects and color temperatures to photos. The printing function from the Settings menu appears to be built directly into this Gallery app too.
There’s no telling whether or not this information is accurate unless it comes directly from Google, but the screenshots seem to depict a legit early version of the software. The Android Version slot in the Settings menu says Key Lime Pie rather than KitKat, so we’ll have to wait until Google makes the announcement to know for sure. Android 4.4 KitKat is rumored to debut sometime this month alongside the rumored Nexus 5, but none of this has been confirmed.
via Gadget Helpline