Latest Android 4.4 leak includes purported screenshots of Easter egg and updated apps

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: October 14, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat Easter egg leak

Hot on the heels of the emergence of a new set of Nexus 5 photos, some images that claim to show off Android 4.4 KitKat have made their way online. The shots, which were posted by ZDNet, purportedly show Android 4.4 running on a Nexus 7 and include looks at several new features that may be coming with the next major update to Google's mobile operating system.

Up top is the new Easter egg for Android 4.4, which can be reached by repeatedly tapping the Android version in the device's Settings menu and then pressing and holding on an Android logo that's stylized to look like the KitKat logo. This new Easter egg shows a collage of colored squares that contain KitKat bars as well as past Android desserts like Froyo and Cupcake.

Down below is a comparison of the app drawers found in Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean and this build of Android 4.4. Up in the status bar are the white icons that we've grown accustomed to seeing in KitKat leaks as well as a new Settings icon and rounded icons for the Google, Google Settings and Voice Search apps.

The app drawer itself is still shown up against a black background and not a transparent one like other recent leaks have shown. That detail, combined with the fact that the build shown in today's set of images still says "KeyLimePie" in some places, suggests that we're looking at an early version of Android 4.4.

Other Android 4.4 tweaks shown in this leak include a Settings menu with new "Home," "Location," and "Tap & pay" options, Cloud Print support and a preinstalled QuickOffice app. The built-in Clock and Stopwatch apps have undergone a few small changes, including one that now displays all of the numbers with the same thickness, and the Downloads app has received a more significant makeover that makes it look more like a real app.

As I mentioned previously, the Android 4.4 build shown in these leaked screenshots appears to be a rather early version of Google's next major update. There are still some juicy little tidbits shown in the images, though, like the new Android 4.4 Easter egg. It's also nice to be able to look at actual screenshots rather than the blurrycam photos that've been leaking lately. Sure, they're not quite the same as actually getting to sink our teeth into KitKat, but at least it gives us something to chew on until the update does begin rolling out.

Android 4.4 KitKat app drawer screenshot leak

Via ZDNet