As of 2014, Google’s Android operating system powers more than One Billion mobile devices. Since carriers were free to use Android to power SmartPhones and Tablets, it wasn’t long before they offered Android-powered phones to their mobile customers for free – with a two year service plan, of course.
While their wide array of mobile devices and their unique customization capabilities make Android appealing for many users and developers, it makes for a decidedly fragmented market. Getting updates and patches delivered and applied has been frustrating for both users and developers alike.
Resolving problems with fragmentation and performance as well as difficulties with seemingly simple tasks like applying updates have annoyed users and frustrated our Android Mobile App Experts equally.
To overcome this, Google launched their new OS Android 4.4 KitKat last November to take over the mobile world with some practical updates.
This newly updated version doesn’t offer a huge list of jaw dropping changes in functionality like the release of Ice Cream Sandwich, but where it lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up by offering more versatility for more devices. That is, this new version will be compatible with all Android devices from high-end to low-end, as long as as they run on 512 MB of RAM. This is an important advancement because there were phones that do not allow to upgrade the latest version of Android, which gave users an inconsistent experience. This forced some devices to run on older versions of Android with new applications on the market. Now with KitKat, Google’s expanded the operating system to run on many more devices, helping to bridge the gap between low-end and high-end devices alike.
Google is moving towards standardization with one target in mind — get KitKat on all Android devices, similar to how Apple has made iOS mandatory for it’s users. The reasoning is simple: fragmentation has plagued them far too long, making the cheapest devices nearly impossible to get the latest functionality without paying a high premium. Cheaper devices often have a smaller amount of memory storage and RAM, which meant that users could only run an old version of Android. Meanwhile, the more powerful and more expensive phones have faster processors and more RAM, allowing the latest version of the Google operating system.
How They Did It
Google reduced the size of the operating system by 16 percent, allowing it to run on devices with just 512 MB of RAM, which meant that more affordable mobile devices could run the latest OS, which is exactly what Google is looking for. Google now offers the possibility of manufacturers to market their devices with the latest version of Android’s KitKat. In layman’s terms, more affordable choices + the latest in upgrades = global market domination. Pretty sweet idea, don’t you agree?
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