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  • Difference Between Android KitKat 4.4.4 and Lollipop 5.0

    Android KitKat 4.4.4 v Lollipop 5.0

    Both KitKat and Lollipop are versions of Android OS. Android 5.0 “Lollipop” is the latest version of the Android mobile operating system developed by Google. It was unveiled on June 25, 2014 during Google I/O, it became available as official over-the-air (OTA) updates on November 12, 2014 for select devices that run distributions of Android serviced by Google, including Nexus and Google Play edition devices. Its source code was made available on November 3, 2014.

    Below is the point-wise Differences Between KitKat and Lollipop.

    Difference Between KitKat 4.4.4 and Lollipop 5.0

    Android KitKat 4.4.4

    Android KitKat

    1. Google announced Android 4.4.4 KitKat, internally known as Project Svelte on 3rd September 2013.
    2. Android 4.4.4 KitKat was debuted on Google’s Nexus 5.
    3. The latest version of Android KitKat is 4.4.4 which was released on 9th December 2013.
    4. Ability for applications to trigger translucency in the navigation and status bars
    5. Applications can now use “immersive mode” to keep the navigation and status bars hidden while maintaining user interaction
    6. Dalvik, which uses just-in-time compilation (JIT), ART compiles apps upon installation, which are then run exclusively from the compiled version from then on.
    7. Audio tunneling, audio monitoring, loudness enhancer
    8. Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) support
    9. Expanded functionality for notification listener services
    10. Native infrared blaster API
    11. New framework for UI transitions
    12. NFC Host Card emulation, enabling a device to replace smart cards
    13. Optimizations for performance on devices with lower specifications, including zRAM support and “low RAM” device API
    14. Public API for developing and managing text messaging clients.
    15. Refreshed interface with white elements instead of blue
    16. Sensor batching, step detector and counter APIs
    17. Settings application no longer uses a multi-pane layout on devices with larger screens
    18. Settings application now makes it possible to select default text messaging and home (launcher) application
    19. Storage access framework for retrieving content and documents from other sources
    20. The Camera application now loads Google+ Photos instead of Gallery when swiping away from the camera view
    21. WebViews now based on Chromium engine (feature parity with Chrome for Android 30)
    22. Wireless printing capability

    Android Lollipop 5.0

    Android Lollipop 5.0

    1. Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop (codenamed as “Android L”) became officially available from November 3rd, 2014.
    2. Android 4.4.4 KitKat was debuted on Motorola’s Nexus 6 and HTC’s Nexus 9.
    3. It comes with a redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as “material design”.
    4. Major improvements to the notification system which allow notifications to be accessed from the lockscreen, and to be displayed within other apps as banners across the top of the screen.
    5. Introduced new Android Runtime (ART) officially replacing Dalvik for improved application performance, and with changes intended to improve and optimize battery usage, known internally as Project Volta.
    6. Lollipop also contains major new platform features for developers, with over 5,000 new APIs added for use by applications.
    7. ART is a cross-platform runtime which supports the x86, ARM, and MIPS architectures in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments.
    8. Lollipop also aims to improve battery consumption through a series of optimizations known as “Project Volta”.
    9. The new developer tool called “Battery Historian” can be used for tracking battery consumption by apps while in use.
    10. The Android Extension Pack APIs also provide graphics functions such as new shaders, aiming to provide PC-level graphics for 3D games on Android devices.
    11. The songs, photos, apps, and even recent searches from one of your Android devices can be immediately enjoyed across all of your Android devices.
    12. With Lollipop, your tablet shows your (outlook like reading pane) inbox alongside the message you have open, while your watch shows new emails as they arrive.
    13. Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to cellular.
    14. Power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth low energy (“BLE”) devices like wearables or beacons

    After reading the above differences, I think now you can make a wise decision as to upgrade to Lollipop 5.0 or stick to Android KitKat 4.4.4.

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