Leaked images of what is claimed to be a phone running Android 4.4 KitKat have been revealed, and they show off a new design for the upcoming Android version that’s more flattened out than previous builds, hinting to the possibility that Google may have taken a page out of Apple’s iOS 7 book. Nonetheless, the images show off some of the redesigned stock apps and their new look.
One of the biggest changes is the look of the dock, which get rid of the detail and shadows in favor of a simple, flat look. Many of the app icons retain their overall design for the most part, except for the Messaging app, which got rid of its smiley face emoticon in favor of a simpler speech bubble with lines in it representing text.
The phone dialer has also been redesigned, with a new blue and white theme, with the flattened Call button at the bottom. The overall look hasn’t changed significantly, though — certainly not a drastic change that iOS 7 was.
Unfortunately, the leaked images don’t reveal any new features in Android 4.4 KitKat, but the redesign definitely gives us hope that this version will see some big changes over Jelly Bean. While we expected Android 5.0 to be the next version of Google’s mobile platform, the company seems adamant to stay on 4.X for now, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see a handful of new features arrive with the new update.
In fact, the radical redesign of Android 4.4 KitKat could mean that Android 5.0 will be an even bigger update than we might have originally expected, especially since X.0 updates are usually the biggest for software developers and companies. However, we’re taking these leaked images with a grain of salt, as they could easily be fakes, but the design easily seems like something Google would do, so we wouldn’t be surprised if these were real.
Android 4.4 KitKat was officially announced earlier this month by Google, and it’s rumored that the update will officially hit the public starting on October 14, alongside the launch of the rumored Nexus 5, which has also been heavily-rumored for the past couple of months. The update will most likely hit newer Nexus devices, and will eventually come to other Android devices as manufacturers and carriers approve it.