About the only things Google has said about Android 4.4 KitKat are that there’s a new version of Android in the works, and that it’s called Android 4.4 KitKat.
But it’s likely that this’ll be the version of Google’s mobile operating system that ships on the next Nexus smartphone, it’ll probably be available for older Nexus devices around the same time, and since it’s the first version of Android not called “Jelly Bean” in a while, it’ll probably feature some fairly significant changes.
The folks at tech blog Gadget Helpline have posted pictures of what they say is a phone running an early build of Android 4.4 from August. It still looks a lot like Android 4.4, but there appear to be some new features including built-in support for sending content to a printer, a new “payments” section in the Android settings, and a new color theme for the phone dialer app, among other changes.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Alleged Android 4.4 leaked photos show printing, payments settings and more
A pre-release build of Android 4.4 may be making the rounds, and while it seems to be a bit old (it’s still got Key Lime Pie references instead of KitKat), it does provide a possible sneak peek at things to come. Or maybe it’s just a bit of fakery. [Gadget Helpline]
- Google now accepting “Glassware” apps for review from any Google Glass app developers
The group of folks that actually have access to Google’s wearable computer probably still number in the low tends of thousands. But in advance of a wider launch, Google is inviting developers to submit apps for inclusion in the upcoming Glassware app store. [+Google Glass]
- Rumor: Google Play Music All Access subscription service coming to iOS soon
Google’s subscription-based music-on demand service is currently available on Android devices or view a web browser. Soon it may also be available to iPhone and iPad users. [9to5Mac]
- 8pen + Leap Motion = writing on a PC without touching it (by waving your fingers in the air)
Ever wish you could enter text on a computer by wiggling your finger? Yeah, a keyboard seems more efficient to me too… but this is pretty cool looking. [8pen]
- You should really subscribe to @ktbradford’s YouTube channel
You may have noticed Liliputing contributor K T Bradford has been posting a bunch of videos lately. If you’re the sort of person who likes to see gadget reviews and first impression vids, you should really check out her YouTube channel. [YouTube]