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12-03-2013 03:37 PM
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  1. Greg C's Avatar
    I really miss the blue icons in the notification bar.
    I like the new logo on the boot screen.
    The font is better.
    Phone feels snappier.
    I like how the clock is missing in the notification bar when on the lock screen.
    I miss not being able to control what permissions an app has access to by using an app like App Permission.
    The dialer has a great and useful feel to it.
    No new wallpapers.
    I like the new UI for the alarm clock.
    So far all my downloaded apps work fine.... except for Holo Locker (which hasn't been updated in a year).
    First 2 digits on the screen clock aren't bold.
    Verdict still open for battery life. However, it doesn't seem to be worse.
    11-22-2013 04:14 PM
  2. Go Ogle's Avatar
    4.3 hid the time on your lock screen.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
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    11-23-2013 12:04 AM
  3. Greg C's Avatar
    4.3 hid the time on your lock screen.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using AC Forums mobile app
    I was using a third party lock screen so I didn't notice. Thanks!
    11-23-2013 01:49 AM
  4. Greg C's Avatar
    Update: Battery life is about the same for my device. The AT&T app doesn't play well with the new update. I downloaded the beta for Apex Launcher and it's pretty good. If you use Apex then I recommend it.
    11-23-2013 10:54 PM
  5. frenziedfemale's Avatar
    I downloaded the apex beta too. It is odd that they didn't just include the transparency feature to the pro version I already used but whatever. I really like the look of the transparent option.
    net62957 likes this.
    11-24-2013 12:42 AM
  6. pashos24's Avatar
    I love the lock screen when you play music that's prob one of my favorite features so much better than 4.3

    Posted via Android Central App
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    11-24-2013 04:38 AM
  7. dan1431's Avatar
    I love the lock screen when you play music that's prob one of my favorite features so much better than 4.3

    Posted via Android Central App
    Agreed the Play Music Lock Screen is extremely nice!

    It is most likely 100% placebo but the battery life seems improved as if efficiencies in the software are allowing my device to run longer between recharges as I am ending the day at 63% where as before I was ending the day nearer 58%.

    Again, I realize there are many things that can affect battery life and KitKat could just be a red herring, but what I am pleased.

    Dan
    11-24-2013 10:03 AM
  8. Greg C's Avatar
    11-24-2013 07:46 PM
  9. mr_nobody's Avatar
    Google removed access to BATTERY_STATS for apps which breaks things like wakelock detector...guess they were embarrassed by how often android os runs amuck...

    Issue 61975 - android - Undo removal of access to BATTERY_STATS permission for apps - Android Open Source Project - Issue Tracker - Google Project Hosting
    11-24-2013 09:41 PM
  10. Reddzilla's Avatar
    Good read thanks

    Posted using Nexus 4 via Android Central App
    11-24-2013 09:41 PM
  11. rudyych's Avatar
    I really miss the blue icons in the notification bar.
    I also miss the network activity arrows on the blue signal icons.


    Sent from my Nexus 4 running Android 4.4.
    11-25-2013 12:51 AM
  12. Citizen Coyote's Avatar
    I also miss the network activity arrows on the blue signal icons.


    Sent from my Nexus 4 running Android 4.4.
    Those were removed because apparently the constant refreshing and redrawing actually impacted CPU cycles and battery drain, according to Google. You can still find them within the settings, though.
    11-25-2013 09:01 AM
  13. Octaviannn's Avatar
    I think the colors are better, and also the icons. But the new keyboard is like...i dunno.. *_/!<> changed their places, and the space button at the symbols is smaller now. New symbold like ∆Π℅ were added. And the new emojis are strange but cool the colors of the Keyboard sre also cool. The Screenshot symbol on the notification bar is now smaller. And in the notofication bar menu was a new option added:,location...ignire my spelling errors , it's because of the new keyboard ..i like KitKat!

    Posted from my Nexus 4
    11-25-2013 04:05 PM
  14. sonicresidue's Avatar
    Those were removed because apparently the constant refreshing and redrawing actually impacted CPU cycles and battery drain, according to Google. You can still find them within the settings, though.
    Where do you find this in the settings? I find it helpful to have at times.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 04:33 PM
  15. sonicresidue's Avatar
    So far so good.. Just updated. Havent messed with it much.. But a few observations:

    I too miss the blue highlights. Especially in the status bar.

    After using the GEL I am glad that those of us with the "old" launcher (ie - those of us with a N4 and not a N5) don't have to have the larger icon size. I really didn't like that.

    Being able to switch launchers from the settings is GREAT!

    Wallpaper is set differently. The preview screen shows the wallpaper differently than how it looks in the center home screen.

    Settings>Accessibility>Power Button Ends Call - was that there before?

    There is a "tap to pay" option which appears to enable/disable Google Wallet.

    New boot animation is ok. I prefer the previous one.

    I also noticed two unusual things. 1) After the installation was complete I had an Android icon where the phone icon used to be in the dock. It went back to a phone after several seconds. 2) See the attached picture - apparently the Kit Kat upgrade involved sending a text message automatically for some reason. Anyone know what that's about?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    Attached Thumbnails Thread For NEW things noticed About Kit Kat Changes.-uploadfromtaptalk1385419274857.jpg  
    11-25-2013 04:41 PM
  16. Citizen Coyote's Avatar
    Where do you find this in the settings? I find it helpful to have at times.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    I don't have 4.4 on my Nexus yet, but I believe you can see them in the quick settings (two-finger pull down from the top).
    11-25-2013 05:02 PM
  17. sonicresidue's Avatar
    Ah. Yes you can see the arrows in quick settings. I thought you were saying that there was a way to enable the arrows in the status bar, just like before. I always found that very helpful when I was occasionally trying to diagnose and issue with my data connection.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 05:08 PM
  18. sonicresidue's Avatar
    Also, when you send a text message the little bubble that pops up on the screen saying "sending message" or "message sent" is slightly different.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk
    11-25-2013 06:36 PM
  19. Mofozofo's Avatar


    For me, this is one of the most important addition in the update. I guess because I pretty much use it everyday.

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    11-25-2013 09:04 PM
  20. Greg C's Avatar
    Adobe Flash Player is NOT compatible.
    11-26-2013 02:58 AM
  21. pashos24's Avatar
    Adobe Flash Player is NOT compatible.
    Just realized when you plug in apple headphones (or any headphones with controls) and hold down the middle button, it enables speech services. Thought it was cool and didn't work in 4.3...I think, let me know if I'm wrong. There is still a few things that need twerks for example when you say "play songs by 'band name'" you still have to touch your phone to pick a song but over all it works good

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-03-2013 12:57 AM
  22. billdz's Avatar
    As noted in other threads, one significant downside to 4.4 is the loss of free tethering, especially with Tmobile. There is a workaround if your N4 is rooted.

    Also, due to the Flash issue, some browsers (Angel, Dolphin, Boat, etc) are not working 100% correctly. Chrome browser appears to be OK.
    12-03-2013 07:29 AM
  23. pashos24's Avatar
    As noted in other threads, one significant downside to 4.4 is the loss of free tethering, especially with Tmobile. There is a workaround if your N4 is rooted.

    Also, due to the Flash issue, some browsers (Angel, Dolphin, Boat, etc) are not working 100% correctly. Chrome browser appears to be OK.
    I don't know about you but I have had no problems tethering with my nexus 4 with 4.4 I do it all the time with my nexus 7 and it works a treat

    Posted via Android Central App
    12-03-2013 07:45 AM
  24. billdz's Avatar
    I don't know about you but I have had no problems tethering with my nexus 4 with 4.4 I do it all the time with my nexus 7 and it works a treat
    See this thread:
    http://forums.androidcentral.com/goo...t-updated.html
    It depends on your provider and plan, but many (myself included) have lost free tethering upon upgrading to 4.4.
    12-03-2013 08:05 AM
  25. Citizen Coyote's Avatar
    I miss the old Android emoticons/emoji on the stock keyboard (the kind of smooshed green Android head). The new keyboard has replaced them with generic emoticons, and I'm not a fan of the new yellow emoji Androids. They look like gumdrops to me.
    12-03-2013 02:52 PM
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