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Breaking Down the Pros and Cons of Android’s Kitkat

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Pros and Cons of Android’s Kitkat unveiled

Owning an Android phone does have some exciting surprises. iOS owners might blind you with the superiority of the iOS, namely its routine security and framework upgrades, but Android OS does have its own features that might evoke the envy of iOS users. Its customization is something that iOS doesn?t really allow, for fear of infecting the whole system of a nasty virus, something the Android OS is prone to. There is also the Android OS? openly available code, which, as available as they are to hackers, is also available to ?good? hackers who dish out stunning graphics and HD themes that makes your Android OS look even more sophisticated than an iPhone of the latest version and upgrade, even if it?s just a low-end phone.

Here we have a new upgrade for the Android OS. From its last, candy coated treat, the Jellybean OS, Android is rolling out from its factory the KitKat, a chocolatey OS full of surprising goodness. As with any new technological breakthrough, though, this current incarnation of the Android OS is by no means perfect, what with a lot of testing yet to be done and bugs still waiting to be found. Let?s break down the Pros and the cons, and see if the Android KitKat OS is worthy enough to sink your teeth into.

PROS:

Responsiveness: A lot of users have staked their claim that the current Android incarnation is faster than the other versions. Owing to its minimalist design, the interface is made more simpler. Another reason for the faster responsiveness might be because of the 300MB of RAM it gains on a clean boot.

Major improvements: After trying to find a unique identity it can call its own for quite some time, Android finally came out with little tweaks to the design that can separate them distinctively. These includes the removal of the black background from the notification bar and the battery and wi-fi?s color scheme (blue) is changed to white. It has also integrated Google Hangouts as a default messaging app in response to different apps like WhatsApp and Skype.

Easier calls: The phone app might seem the same, but there are changes here that might make searching for contacts easier. The new menu system is sensitive to the three most-contacted people on your list, complete with their pictures for quicker reference. It also integrates online records with your phone to tell you who is calling you.

CONS:

Battery life: This is where the discussion gets confusing. While some complains that the battery life drains faster than it did in Jellybean, some claims that KitKat exponentially improved their battery usage. The fault is attributed to a software glitch which, hopefully, is covered by the next update within the KitKat line.

SD Card problems: A lot of people love using SD cards with their smartphones as a means of expanding the space even further. However, with the KitKat update, the SD card seems to have been alienated as 3rd party programs aren?t available to be written in the SD card, not unless you update it. There are available apps to solve this problem, though.

Availability: As of the rollout, people who own phones running the Android OS have yet to receive it. There have been reports that some high-end phones, even the Sony Xperia Z and the Samsung Galaxy S4, have yet to receive an upgrade. These phones are completely capable of running the said OS.

THE VERDICT: Problems such as the ones stated in the cons are to be expected, specially with a fresh upgrade like the KitKat OS. Expect these bugs to be addressed by the time the KitKat rolls out its most stable version. Looking at the OS, users expecting a revolution in the way the Android OS operates are to be disappointed. The KitKat OS is more of a really good update of the old OS rather than a game-changing release.

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