Android’s Next Targets: Wearables, TVs, Low-End Phones.


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There have been several reports about KitKat’s likely features. A confidential file that Google shared with companies has been reviewed and revealed the most important new features. The following features have not been confirmed though by the company.

One Android to run them all. The document about KitKat makes it clear that Google wants its new software to work well on low-end phones in addition to the more expensive Samsung Galaxy and HTC devices.
KitKat “optimizes memory use in every major component” and provides “tools to help developers create memory-efficient applications” for “entry-level devices,” such as those that have 512 megabytes of memory.

Wear it on. The KitKat release shows that Google is preparing for the rise of wearable-computing devices. According to the confidential document, KitKat is expected to support three new types of sensors: geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter. These features are likely geared for the forthcoming Android-powered smartwatch made by Google and possibly the company’s head-mounted Google Glass, as well as non-Google devices. Android smartphone apps that track people’s fitness also could get a boost from the new feature as more manufacturers pack motion sensors into devices.

Into the Near-Field Communication technology. KitKat will allow developers to create services that allow phones to “emulate” physical cards that let people make payments, earn loyalty rewards, enter secure buildings and public-transit systems.

Control the TV. Google wants the Android device to be a remote control. The next version of Android lets developers build apps that control TVs, tuners, switches and other devices by sending infrared signals. Samsung and HTC devices already have built-in infrared “blasters” and both companies used a company called Peel to design an app that can control TVs. But KitKat will help developers avoid having to write different apps for different hardware makers because there will now be a standard way for all apps to tell the Android device to activate the blasters.

Bluetooth boost. Google wants Android apps to be able to interact with a wide variety of devices using Bluetooth technology. Those devices include joysticks, keyboards and in-car entertainment systems. In KitKat, new support for something called Bluetooth HID over GATT and Bluetooth Message Access Profile will allow Android to talk to more devices than before.