Android 4.4 KitKat is a pretty big deal, but not for the reasons you may think. Sure, the new version of Android packs in tons of new goodies, some revamped apps and features, but the big deal here is that KitKat can run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM. It might take a while, but this could very well help Android get rid of that nasty fragmentation problem.
Google has said that KitKat “will soon be available on Nexus 4, 7, 10, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One Google Play edition devices in the coming weeks.” That’s great news for sure, but the lack of support for the Galaxy Nexus has me a bit confused. If KitKat can run on devices with as little as 512MB of RAM, wouldn’t the Galaxy Nexus, which touts 1GB of RAM be supported?
While I’m not trying to refute Google’s claim that KitKat can run on devices with 512MB of RAM, it is a little puzzling that Google would skip support for the Galaxy Nexus. Clearly, it’s less work for Google at the moment, and surely a version of Android 4.4 for the Galaxy Nexus will appear in the near future, as the AOSP Android 4.4 code is rolling out as we speak.
[Via: Official Google Blog]