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What is "Android 4.4 KitKat"?

Android 4.4 KitKat replaced Android Jelly Bean as the major build for Google?s open source mobile operating system, and it was the last build to arrive with a pointed build number. Google announced that after KitKat all major builds would carry rounded numbers (Android 5.0, Android 6.0, and so forth). KitKat was seen as one of the most ambitious changes to the platform to date, while it marked Google?s growing ambition to get new Android builds onto as many devices as possible. Seeking to lower fragmentation of the Android platform, KitKat was created to run on devices with just 512MB of RAM, making it accessible to millions of low end devices running the Android platform.

Released on October 31, 2013, KitKat features one of the most expanded changelogs ever released by Google, with more than 25 major changes over Android Jelly Bean. Over the next year Google continued to tweak and enhance the KitKat experience with versions 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4.

Also known as: "Android 4.4", "KitKat"

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