Interesting Details About Android: PCs, 4.4 KitKat And Updated Developer Tools

        For a long period of time, even if you put all the alternative desktops together such as Mac, Linux or whatever, Window will still beat them all by ten to one. That was before, but now is another story. As of now, Windows 8.x is still on the stalls of the different shops, sales of Chromebooks just came out of nowhere trying to get in the low-end laptop market, and there's also what we call Android.

        The first major company that showed an Android PC was Acer and they will be far to become last. Android is known to be the number one operating system for smartphones and tablets. Android is capable of becoming a top desktop operating system as well according to four big-name companies. Such companies include Lenovo and HP, the number one and number two manufacturers of PC in the whole world. You may have heard of the two other companies namely AMD and Intel, and they can also see Android on the PC. And we should not forget that Google is also backing up Android. Think about this: Five top tech companies of the world think that individuals like to have Android on their desktops. Four of these companies are known to be the staunchest allies of Microsoft. They are pushing Android on PCs because think that is a market for it.

        This is because for a certain reason. Besides Windows 8.x failure in gaining market-share, Android has very many applications. Mac OS X, which is the real competition of Windows side for how many years, even just have a fraction of the apps that Android actually have. Also, the rise of SaaS or software-as-a-service apps actually made the operating system that is running on a desktop less significant. If a desktop is able to run a Web browser, it also run a lot of top business programs such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) of, the Office 365 of Microsoft, the Enterprise Resource Planning of SAP, and many others. This is the exact reason why Chromebooks, which is the Chrome Web browser that is a bit on top of Linux, has now become popular.

        To be more specific, a lot of home users and SMBs are now adopting Android PCs a lot more quickly. Enterprise is now going to be moving slower. But, the end of support of XP will be coming soon. Even now, a lot of businesses have not decided yet as to where they will be heading. The majority will surely go for Windows 7, substantial minority, about 10 percent, will be going with Android PCs, tablets, or Chromebooks in 2014. By the year 2016, Windows will be considered as the top dog, this installed base will not be going away anytime soon.

        Unfortunately, the number two operating system, Microsoft, that has a double-digit share in the market, is going to become Chrome OS/Android. By that time, Google might have already merged them. Even if Google has not done it yet, if we look at the two platforms, they will still have beaten Mac OS as the second placer operating system for desktop by a wide margin. If Google will keep them apart, Chrome OS can be number two. Anybody can simply use it, and as line-of-business is becoming more software Web-based SaaS, businesses will see the low price of Chromebook as well as the cost of maintaining it to be enticing.

        As for now, Android will gain popularity amongst SOHO and home users. It will let all desktop users to enjoy the same apps that they have on their smartphones and tablets. Therefore, by year 2016, it will be clear that Windows is going to be heading its way out. But it won't be gone yet. It will still be considered important in year 2020, but the good old days when Microsoft can just call the shots in industry of PC will soon be done.

Now let's discuss another interesting topic: The Android 4.4 KitKat as well as the updated developer tools.

        The Android 4.4 KitKat has just recently been announced, it is a new version of Android that is equipped with great and new features for all developers and users. The new Nexus 5 is the very first device that is running the Android 4.4, and it is now available in Google Play, and will be out soon to all the retail outlets. The Android 4.4 update will also be rolled out soon in the next few weeks worldwide to Nexus 4, 7 and 10 devices, also including Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play Edition devices.

        Part of this release is the kick-off of the Project Svelte, it is an effort made for the reduction of Android's memory needs for it to run on a lot of broader types of devices, which includes entry-level devices that only have as little as 512MB RAM. Starting from the kernel to system, apps, and frameworks, the memory footprint is reduced and memory management is improved so that Android will be able to run comfortably on devices that only have 512MB RAM. It is not only done in Android but across Google apps such as YouTube and Chrome.

In supporting the broader types of devices, Android 4.4 can help in moving the ecosystem of Android forward. Now everyone can now enjoy all the very best of what Android can offer, on the different devices that can meet their needs.

Below is a glimpse of the new features for all the developers:

  • New ways on how you can create beautiful apps : the full-screen immersive mode is new and it will let your game or apps every screen's pixel to show the content and to capture the touch of events. The new transition framework will also make it easier to animate your UI's states. Web content may now take advantage of a totally new implementation of the WebView that is built on Chromium.
  • It is more useful than ever : the printing framework will allow you to add the easiness of printing to your apps. The storage access framework will let the user find the documents, photos and all the other date over the cloud-based and local storage services easily. The app and storage service can be integrated with the framework so that users can instantly access their data.
  • Sensors that are low in power : the new hardware-integrated sensors can let you add new and great features to all of your apps without having the battery getting drained. Step detector and step counter are included and will let you track the number of walking steps in an efficient manner, even if the screen is turned off.
  • Media capabilities that are new : the new screen recorder will let the user capture videos that are high-quality directly from the Android device. It is a new way to create tutorials, walkthroughs, marketing videos and a lot more. Apps may also use adaptive playback for a better experience in video streaming.
  • NDK's RenderScript : it is a new C++ API that is the NDK or Native Development Kit of Android that can let the individual use the RenderScript from the native code, that has access to custom kernels, script intrinsic, and more.
  • Accessibility support is improved : the new system-wide captioning settings will let your apps present a closed caption wherein the style is according to the preference of the user.

There are still more that is why it's best to check out the highlights of the Android 4.4 platform for you to get an overall overview and all the other new capabilities that developers can use.

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