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We all know Android 4.4 is coming. There's a chance we could see it this month, perhaps with a new Nexus phone, but there's really nothing concrete to back that right now – it's just the rumor mill whirring as it so often does. Of course, as new versions of Android get closer to being finalized and released, the leaks become more common, and oftentimes larger in terms of the information provided. Take today's look at KitKat/KLP, for example.

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Gadget blog Gadget Helpline got itself a nice little hands-on with an old build of Android 4.4 and exposed some of the probable upcoming features. The build has Key Lime Pie written all over it and is dated August 28th, so it's fairly old and likely isn't visually what we should expect to see once Google takes the wraps off the finalized version. It's also worth noting that this build is for Hammerhead – the known device codename for the new Nexus phone – but the "Model number" still shows as Nexus 4, further verifying the build's age. Still, it's fun to look at, and at least gives us some idea of what's going on behind the scenes.

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The Helpline guys were quick to point out a new printing option found in the settings menu, which indicates some form of native printing is coming to Android – perhaps through Google Cloud Print. This, of course, is just speculation, but given Cloud Print's cross-system nature, it seems to be the most logical choice for the job.

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Otherwise, there are a few new entries in the Settings menu that show options for payments and mobile plan management – the former of which will likely integrate with Google Wallet. It's hard to say what the manage mobile plan option will entail, though Helpline points out new options to "prevent background apps from using additional data when connected to a personal hotspot." It was unclear whether or not this option was found within the aforementioned menu, but it sounds like a logical place to tuck it.

Update: Turns out "manage mobile plan" is already an option on some custom ROMs (it's not available in stock 4.3) and appears to direct the user to their carrier's plan management site.

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The biggest visual change showed off in these shots is found in the dialer – as previously rumored, it's sporting a much lighter, airier theme. From what I can see, it looks nice. There's also one shot that once again confirms the white notification bar icons – Wi-Fi, battery, and clock. It looks nice. It looks like the photo editor has also gotten a few new options found buried deep within the various menus.

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Past that, there really isn't much else going on here. It's worth noting that some of the features pointed out as "new" on the source article aren't actually new – like wireless display, for example. This has been available on the Nexus 4 since 4.2.

Given that this build is well over a month old, it's pretty safe to assume that these aren't all the changes we'll see in the finalized build of 4.4, but it's at least a good start.

Gadget Helpline; Thanks, Felix!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • jonathan3579

    I do not like this new Disqus on mobile.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      God damnit! I was in the beta and absolutely hated it. I asked them to make sure we can opt out of it, then they instead turn it on by default. I'll dig in.

      • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

        How about switching to Google+ comments Artem?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Not until they're officially supported and ready, and even then, probably not.

          I had a long explanation I saved just for this occasion, because I knew I'd need it again. So here it is.

          It just isn't ready.

          It's only supported for Blogger. Every other implementation is a hack.

          It doesn't support any kind of comment sync for older comments.

          There is no comment export if we ever decide to leave it. In fact, I don't know how it could even work.

          There is no proper moderation, such as banning IPs or users (in fact, we don't even get access to IPs or emails). Sure, I can block someone, but they will be able to continue posting.

          But the main reason is I actually don't like the idea of having re-shares and stuff other than comments. That's way too much irrelevant crap. And even worse, all these re-shares have their own conversations going without even realizing they're collected and shown in one place. So get ready for completely unrelated or duplicate comments to show up everywhere because people who are commenting directly on G+ have no idea others are commenting in other threads and are being displayed next to them.

          I get that G+ integration is great, in theory, but it's not there yet, not even close.

          • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

            Fair enough.

          • Thomas’

            Yeah, most G+ comments in Blogger are just "look at this great article i've found!". This is not very useful at all.

          • Chill4291

            I hate the re shares.

      • Josh

        I actually like it but only because the old way would constantly leave me with "Disqus seems to be taking longer than usual. Reload?"

        Of course that also could have been happening so much because I'm on Sprint :-)

        • Chill4291

          I thought that was just me. I was convinced it was a mozilla addon messing things up.

        • fixxmyhead

          That's your shitty ass sprint network timing out. God Idk why people are even on that garbage carrier

          • firesoul453

            Each carrier is garbage in their own way. For someone who uses a lot of wifi, sprint is the clear choice! (Then again I am thinking about Ting)

          • fixxmyhead

            Yea but sprint is the worst one of them all. And if ur gonna be on WiFi alot why pay all that money? Why not go prepaid. All that money and u can't even get a reliable connection, that's ridiculous.

          • firesoul453

            well i get internet everywhere, its not the worst thing ever.

          • Brad

            I have a great experience with Sprint in Cleveland...

          • fixxmyhead

            U must be like one of the lucky 5% of customers that actually gets good reception

          • Brad

            I never use the phone, really... data is pretty much everywhere. 3g is slow as crap in a lot of places the last few months while they roll out 4g - but that's blazing in the places where it's turned on.

    • Simon Belmont

      Me neither. It sends you to a different page just to comment.

      I kinda dig the bigger icons for replying and up or down voting (easier to press on a touchscreen), but the separate page thing is a deal breaker. Oh well.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Yea, separate page means more waiting for comments and an extra tap, whereas normally you'd already have everything loaded by the time you scroll to them.

        What were they thinking??! I explained this in my feedback a month ago, but it doesn't look like they cared.

        • Simon Belmont

          Precisely. It's extra work and extra waiting.

          Terrible implementation. I hope they change it.

        • Avrohom Eliezer Friedman

          I agree 100%. The only thing is that sometimes the comments wouldn't load - especially when there were a lot of them and I was using Sprint's towers. I'm assuming this is to help that

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They told me they're removing AP from the early access to this and will have it as opt-in in the future. It hasn't happened yet from what I can tell, but I am expecting it to happen any time now.

      • jonathan3579

        Thanks for the update, Artem. I thought it was a browser issue for the last couple days so hopefully they're able to "fix" this sooner than later. Btw, they're not actually planning on that being a feature in the future, are they? It's rather inconvenient and gets very sloppy towards the bottom of a page.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          They really are, and it's mind boggling that they could even consider doing it in the current state. They're all in love with it.

  • Spasillium

    "Manage Mobile Networks" is in 4.3 already. At least on my N4 running Paranoid Android it is. Tapping on it gives a message "T-Mobile has no known provision website"

  • Vevek Selvam

    I like where Kit Kat is going. I hope to see many more user facing features though. A revamped messaging app would be great.

  • MikeCiggy

    Printing! Why did it take so long for this to come to life. I have a HP printer on my network and can email documents to it for printing. Directly connecting via wireless or wifi would be nice though.

    • Raj Bhatt

      If you want to do that before 4.4 comes out, Google has an app for it:

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.cloudprint

      • MikeCiggy

        Thanks! I actually have Cloud Printing enabled on my Chrome and Gmail account but didn't realize their was an app also.

        • Raj Bhatt

          You're welcome :)

          It works well with my Galaxy Nexus and wifi connected printer.

        • Roh_Mish

          It does not work with hp wireless printers. You have to connect it to a Mac or PC running รง chrome

  • br_hermon

    I sincerely hope they are providing color options for status bar icons and general phone settings. My favorite application of blue was actually during ICS, then they scaled it back in JB. I realize it may be getting long in the tooth for some users but if I could have my choice, I'd pick blue anyways. Here's hoping they offer a good amount of options.

  • imperticus

    New dialer looks nice.

  • Snakebites
  • heat361

    I want to know how much ram was being used by the system to see if they were actually doing some optimizations for lower end devices.

    • Roh_Mish

      On my nexus 4 the team usage with many APIs like Whatsapp and Facebook running is about 800MB so it is good now too. While on note 2 it used to be around 1.8GB of the 2GB given due to touchwiz.

  • Diaz1999

    Haha I don't believe that Google can't make a proper icon for Printing :P

    • Ishaan Rajiv

      It's probably a placeholder.

  • segag

    They really need to fix hangouts..

    • Matt Alexander

      What's wrong with it?

    • Nick

      26 upvotes but not a single person explaining what is broken in hangouts? Ok.

      • PainToad

        It isn't Google Talk anymore.

      • JonJJon

        There isn't much to fix with it tbh, the last update brought image zooming which was the main niggle I had with it. I think most people say it's broken because it doesn't have SMS integration or real "online/offline" status indicators. SMS integration may never come either. It would be nice if it came but I'm certainly not going to hold my breath for it (many months away if it does come I think). Another feature I would like is voice clip sharing, like whatsapp allows, I never liked whatsapp and haven't used it in ages but I did like that little gimmicky feature of sending voice clips once in a while for a bit of fun.

      • Brad

        I'd love integrated SMS/MMS, but honestly it's fantastic for what it is already.

  • Simon Belmont

    So I guess it's pure white when connected to Google services. It turns kind of a dingy grayish white when it's not connected.

    That's doable, I suppose. I'll miss the Holo Cyan though.

  • chriscarver

    I love how they purposely left out the statusbar. Something tells me we will see themes in 4.4 :)

    P.s.
    That dialer is kind of fugly

    • Simon Belmont

      I don't hate it. I'm just glad it hasn't gone BLINDING WHITE.

      It's a lighter cyan color. I'll miss the darker Holo blue, though.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They didn't leave it out - it's in some shots and is white, as before. There are no themes, don't cling to that baseless rumor and then be disappointed.

      • chriscarver

        Hey, can't one get his hopes up? :P

  • Joshua Bailey

    Interesting stuff. Mobile printing is awesome. New dialer is fine...need to see the while screen before passing judgement. Like the image enhancements and options. Love the clean white status icons. Well done so far.

    Let's see how it looks in final form.

  • skitchbeatz

    I"m bothered by the extra whitespace on the left side of the dialer. The current dialer does not have that.

    • squiddy20

      I could be mistaken, but it looks like the columns of numbers are centered, whereas on 4.2 or below, they were/are offset to the left just a bit. It does look a little odd though.

      • mechapathy

        Right, which begs the question "Why can't they just put the letters UNDER the numbers?"

  • Jooyoung Hong

    Artem,

    any comments/thoughts on why the dialer doesn't seem to be centered?

    • Nuno Guerreiro

      alpha/beta build??

      • Jooyoung Hong

        even if it's an alpha/beta i still don't understand why they had to place it towards the right side. I mean, they had to purposely place it there right? (I have zero idea about how software and/or coding works, so forgive my ignorance)

        • Nuno Guerreiro

          just wait man... prob just a typo... it's not finished... why the hurry?!?

    • squiddy20

      If I'm seeing it correctly, the numbers are centered, but the letters to the left give it the illusion that it's off center. I believe if you took away the letters and compared the left/right margins, you'd have the same amount of space.

    • Wayne Randall

      Left or Right handed dialing.

  • Nasser

    I have the "manage mobile plan" on my stock LTE nexus 7 once I press it it says:
    Ooredoo has no known provisionings website.

    My nexus 7 is on JLS36C and I bought it from UK. Ooredoo is a telecom company in my country.

    • Jooyoung Hong

      I'm thinking that it's only part of the latest builds of JB 4.3.
      Just like how CM nightlies build off of the latest tree (I think?)

  • Bill

    So is this a fake or a nexus 4 2013?

    http://cdn01.androidauthority.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/android-4.4-kitkat-key-lime-pie-nexus-4-leak-7.jpg

    baseband is for snapdragon 800. hammerhead refers to previous nexus 5 leaks. what's going on?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This build is too old, it was renamed to Nexus 5 later.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      You know, I may have actually addressed that in the post. Only one way to find out...

      • keincc

        So it being an old build explains the baseband being for a completely different SoC?

        http://i.imgur.com/OTCvUMO.jpg

        Sure not looking like a nexus 4 (2012) to me

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Yes. This isn't running on the N4, it's on the "Nexus 5" (hence Hammerhead) The build says "nexus 4" as the model because it's old and hadn't yet been updated to reflect that it's running on different hardware - that's a trivial option when something's just being tested internally after all.

  • someone755

    If that's all there is to it, thanks, but I'll pass...
    We were promised an improved Dalvik engine and what we get is a tweaked dialer and the option to print images? BULL POOP!

    • Thomas’

      And how should someone tell if Dalvik was changed or not by just looking at the UI?

      • someone755

        The biggest feature of an OS update would surely be mentioned in a leak with this many images and information, no?

        • Ryan O’Neill

          no.

          • someone755

            Yes.

        • Thomas’

          Yes, because the boot screen probably shows "NOW WITH NEW DALVIK RUNTIME!".

          • someone755

            Improved Dalvik runtime should increase smoothness and performance, afaik. Or, if they cannot determine it, the source site should at least have forwarded the build to a good developer.

  • Bill

    Article says the build date is Aug 28, but isn't that just the kernel date? KRS65B should mean Sept 3 right?

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I know its of topic but can someone explain this? Like WTF

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Advertising on the web is often sold in blocks through third-party companies, especially on smaller sites like Android Police. The advertising agency will offer a block of ads targeting specific demographics of web readers - say, Android users. The company buying the ads (in this case Microsoft) sometimes doesn't even know which particular sites they're advertising on, just that they are statistically reaching certain demographics. It's the same reason you tend to see a lot of Nexus or carrier ads on AP: Microsoft wants your attention, and they've paid an advertising partner to get it, who then pay us to place it.

      Most of the time smaller sites don't even actively select the advertising that appears through these third-party agencies. That being said, they do tend to hold a veto power over specific ads if they find them offensive. I don't think the Microsoft ads qualify - stupid, yes, offensive, no.

      HEY, READ THIS: I don't actually know any of the processes that go on for AP advertising aside from sponsored posts. Artem keeps a pretty high wall between advertising and editorial content (as he should). This is just drawing on my experience from other sites.

      • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

        Oh, that's quite interesting. Thanks for the info :> looks weird on these sites tho

    • h4rr4r

      You forgot to install an adblock plugin.

  • Pascal

    dialer looks nice

  • Roger Siegenthaler

    I really want some sort of system level theming system... where you in the code could define the background as system.getDefaultBackgroundRGB() or something like that. (pseudocode...). Because I don't like implementing 20 different themes in my apps nor as a user do I want to select the proper theme in 100 different apps.

  • Killa

    2013 and ppl still CAN'T TAKE GOOD PICTURES!!! Im going to kill someone.

  • realitysconcierge

    It's almost like they switched it to Kit Kat just because everyone had already guessed key lime pie.

  • MindFever

    Hmm,I saw the same series of leaks on another site,but in that it shows another picture showing the app drawer...if that was on a Nexus 4 or the Nexus 5 it should show a 5 icon per line grid. Instead it shows 4 like on the galaxy nexus...so either the leak was made on a phone with narrower display like the GNex (but why does it say under device model NEXUS 4,but that maybe irrelevant) which would definitely mean the GNex will get this or Google changed their mind and make the UI universal for the app drawer and have 4 icons per line which would be weird.., or these are simply fake pics? I don't know but that picture bothered me...sure,there can be a simple explanation - maybe it was flashed on a galaxy nexus...but something else is a bit strange. I'll be responsible and make a choice; I think these are fake but it wouldn't surprise me if I was wrong.

  • Jooyoung Hong

    The font seems much cleaner..
    the android device manager page. font looks different than my S4 GE 4.3

  • sam

    Please google release the nexus 5 with kitkat 4.4 based on linux kernel 3.10

    3.4 is outdated

    • Roh_Mish

      And update kernel on nexus 4 too...

  • Someone on the internet

    Too much white in the UI.

  • Brad

    I wonder if they'll go with an orange theme for kitkat

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