Google introduces Android 4.4 KitKat and launched the Nexus 5 smartphone today. The operating system is designed to run on a wide range of devices, provide tighter integration with cloud storage, support for more immersive apps, and much more.
It also won’t be long before we start to see custom ROMs based on Android 4.4. Google is already publishing the source code as well as factory images and binaries for the Nexus 5, and the company has released a series of videos and documents to help developers optimize apps for the Nexus 5 and other devices running Android 4.4.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web — mostly Google related.
- Google shows what’s new in Android 4.4 KitKat in a series of videos
Want to get an overview of new features or a look at the Printing API, Closed Captioning, Immersive Mode or other new features? Check out some of these videos. We’ve embedded a few below, but you can find the rest at YouTube. [Android Developers]
- Google releases Android 4.4 source, Nexus 5 binaries and factory images
Want to build Android 4.4 KitKat from source or restore your Nexus 5 to its original condition after messing up the software? Google’s got you covered. [Android Building]
- Android 4.4 KitKat SDK and developer tools
If you’re a developer working on apps for Android 4.4, the tools are now available. If you’re a user who just wants a deeper look at what’s new in Google’s latest version of Android, you can find plenty of details here as well. [Android Developers Blog]
- Google Play Services 4.0 released
It’s not just the Android operating system that’s getting an update. Google has also released a new version of the Play Services Framework, and while it drops support for Android 2.2 Froyo, it adds new features including a Mobile Ads SDK, location improvements, and updates for Google Wallet and Google+ integration. [Android Developers Blog]
- Feedly 17 brings new UI, iOS 7 support to iPhone, iPad
The popular news reader now has a mobile app for iOS that looks a lot like the recently released Android version — and it has the same features including a faster startup time and support for searching your feeds (if you’re a Feedly Pro users) [Feedly]
- XBMC 13 Gotham is getting ready to launch
The developers of the popular media center software have stopped adding new features for a while in order to focus on whipping version 13 into shape. The next step is to start releasing beta builds. [XBMC]
- Pandora now works with Google Chromecast, send streaming music to your TV with one touch
You can add Pandora to the growing number of streaming internet media services that now works with Google’s Chromecast. Fire up the app on your phone, tablet, or other device and hit a button to send content to your TV (which hopefully has better speakers than your phone). [Pandora]