Last month Google(s goog) announced Android 4.4 KitKat, but it didn’t give us a good idea of what to expect. Now Gadget Helpline claims it has its hands on a build of the new software and posted a number of screenshots and hands on impressions to prove it. If these are real, it looks like Google will be adding some new apps and photo editing features to Android, among other changes.
You might notice that the version of Android here is referred to as Key Lime Pie rather than KitKat. That was the original name expected for the software before Google announced the Nestle tie-in last month.
Judging from the images, Android 4.4 looks a lot like the last few Jelly Bean iterations of Android. The Dialer app is a bit different, as you can see here, and notifications icons will reportedly be white instead of blue. But if you were hoping for an iOS 7-style complete redesign, you probably won’t find that here.
It looks like Google will be adding some more of its own apps to the software, which is a plus. Google Drive, Keep and Quickoffice are all present here, which is good news for Google service users.
Another change can be seen in the photo editing options, which expands on the features introduced in Android 4.2. Some popular features you might recognize from Instagram have been added, like the ability to control Tilt-Shift on images. There are also new options for Center Focus, Negative, and Posterize, and there’s an image quality slider to export your edited photo in the size of your choice.
In addition to these changes, Gadget Helpline claims the new version of Android feels substantially faster, smoother and more polished across the board.
All of this is subject to change until we see the real thing, of course. But that should be soon enough, as Google is expected to reveal Android 4.4 in the near future, alongside the highly leaked Nexus 5.
All images are from Gadget Helpline.