The Web giant says KitKat can run on lower memory requirements, which means it can ship on low-end phones as well as high-end. That should help with Android’s fragmentation problem, the company says.
Google on Thursday took the wraps off the Nexus 5, adding 4G LTE capabilities, camera improvements, and the zippy new KitKat version of Android to its flagship smartphone.
Sundar Pichai, head of Google’s Chrome and Android businesses, said the company focused on three themes for Android 4.4, also known as KitKat — making sure it will work on low-end phones, making it more “beautiful and immersive,” and bringing “Google smarts” to the device.
“Our vision for computing is to design Android as something that can run across all devices, not just the phone,” Pichai said during a press briefing Thursday. “But it’s important to get Android on the same version that can scale across all form factors. KitKat repfresents the first big setp in that direction.”