Google may produce Android and maintain Google Play so that we can easily get content onto our devices, but at the end of the day, it's the developers that make the magic happen. They create the apps that make Android devices worth buying in the first place. So it's good news to see, as we would expect, that the Android 4.4 SDK is now available. Developers can make the upgrade from directly within the Android SDK Manager.


As usual, the complete Android Developer Tools bundle comes with the Eclipse+ ADT plugin, Android SDK Tools, Android Platform-Tools, the latest Android platform, and the latest Android system image for the emulator. The support library, too, has been updated, to help apps maintain capability with older versions of Android.

What's more exciting is the number of new features developers have to work with. Here's a list of highlights directly from Google:

  • New ways to create beautiful apps — A new full-screen immersive mode lets your app or game use every pixel on the screen to showcase content and capture touch events. A new transitions framework makes it easier to animate the states in your UI. Web content can take advantage of a completely new implementation of WebView built onChromium.
  • More useful than ever — A printing framework lets you add the convenience of printing to your apps. A storage access framework makes it easier for users find documents, photos, and other data across their local and cloud-based storage services. You can integrate your app or storage service with the framework to give users instant access to their data.
  • Low-power sensors — New hardware-integrated sensors let you add great new features to your apps without draining the battery. Included are a step detector and step counter that let you efficiently track of the number of walking steps, even when the screen is off.
  • New media capabilities — A new screen recorder lets you capture high-quality video of your app directly from your Android device. It's a great new way to create walkthroughs, tutorials, marketing videos, and more. Apps can useadaptive playback to offer a significantly better streaming video experience.
  • RenderScript in the NDK — A new C++ API in the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) lets you use RenderScript from your native code, with access to script intrinsics, custom kernels, and more.
  • Improved accessibility support — New system-wide captioning settings let your apps present closed captions in the style that's preferred by the user.

Source: Android Developers Blog

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Joe

    Is it possible to flash the image that comes with this to say my 2013 Nexus 7?

    • Brayden Reesor

      No. No it is not.

    • Franco Rossel

      No. You will only end with a bricked device.

      • Joe

        Oh ok, thanks for the quick reply!

      • David Kertesz

        what do we need to be able to flash 4.4 on other Nexusi

        • Franco Rossel

          Wait for the factory images.

  • Christopher Robert

    First Dev That gets this running on a Note2 ROM, get a $20 Donation from me.

    • Franco Rossel

      You will have to wait for the source code, not the SDK.

      • Grizzly Atoms

        Not entirely true, I have seen many SDK roms in the past few years. You are correct though, new revision means we need a new kernel, drivers probably and new libs. Any SDK port to any device is going to be terrible unless its a nexus device.

        • Kieron Quinn

          Sources are slowly being pushed anyway

    • Charlie Val

      Hoping it's will/scott. BeanStalk on 4.2 and 4.3 are amazing ROMs

    • Brad

      a whole 20 bucks? daaaaaaaaaaaaaang

      • Christopher Robert

        you plan on donating more?

        • Brad

          I don't have a note2, but I'm pretty sure the hours that'll go into this - a 20 spot isn't going to be the deciding factor for someone to rush this.

          • Christopher Robert

            Most of them will be trying to be the first 4.4 ROM anyway. This is simply a reward for the handwork they would put in regardless of my donation.

    • Steven Cannan

      The first person that unlocks a boot loader for my Note 3 gets 50

    • Anayatul Bari

      Note 2 specific or in general?

      • Christopher Robert

        Note 2 Specific. I figured the port for the nexuses would be fast. I want to see what it can do on a phone with some good guts.

  • Andy Stetson

    Sweet now maybe i'll be able to decompile/compile GMail 4.6 after theming it!

    • Christopher Robert


      • Andy Stetson

        Yes, although B-Boy, DJ or one of the other teams will likely beat me to it. so by my comment above, I meant that maybe WE, the themers (and semi-retired themers like myself) will be able to...

        • Christopher Robert

          Big fan of TBO. keep up the good work.

  • Ashutos Don Jain

    make gnex 4.4 rom