Android 4.4 KitKat to bring a revamped “Downloads” interface

by: Chris SmithOctober 8, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat

The “Downloads” user interface will reportedly get a “long overdue fresh coat of paint” in Android 4.4 KitKat.

The news comes from Android Police, which has received an image reportedly showing the new Downloads user interface (see image below) in Google’s upcoming OS update.

According to the publication, the Downloads screen will move from Holo Dark to Holo Light and the app will get “a much cleaner icon.” Furthermore, a “proper action bar” is apparently also present, with the Sort button able to make “a jump from the bottom of the screen to the top.”

Android Police expects the new Downloads UI to be available starting with Android 4.4 KitKat, and we’ll have to wait for Google to release its next Android OS version to see if this rumor is accurate or not.

Android 4.4 KitKat - Downloads UI

Downloads user interface: Android 4.4 (left) vs Android 4.3 (right) | Image credit: Android Police

We expect to see the new OS unveiled at some point later this month alongside new Nexus products including the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 10 tablet – various rumors out there say that Google may be working on other Nexus products as well on top of these two.

That said, we’ll remind you that we’ve seen plenty of Android 4.4 KitKat rumors lately, with a leaked but unconfirmed log file detailing some of its features.

  • GasparIPerez

    Who uses the “downloads” app anyways? I don’t, never have, but I guess it’s just me.

    • Ben Edwards

      I don’t think I’ve used it once in the last 4 or so years I’ve owned an Android phone. I hide it from my app drawer anyway :P

    • weed

      Its not only you

    • Mike Reid

      Downloads is an app ? LOL.

      Last time I tried it, it would only deal with a few file types, so I had to disguise text files as GIFs.

  • companyemails

    Wait, no Holo Blue? That blows.

    • turdbogls

      my only gripe in switching to the white/cards theme is the night time viewing. i wish they would add a “dark theme” option toggle in the settings somewhere.

      • Seth Forbus

        My pac-man custom rom has a setting like that. If your phone can run custom roms I highly recommend it.

        • turdbogls

          yeah i have that….but right now it just goes from dark holo blue to black….not a big difference really. but its pretty much a necessity if they use an all white theme IMO.

        • I’m planning to flash pac-man (the first time i’ll ever flash a custom rom)in the next week or so, how would you recommend it? I mainly want performance and battery life to be good with the latter being more important to me..

  • Stephen Fronda

    I seriously hope there is a “Dark Theme” option. I’m not liking all this white I’m seeing.

    • iTriune


      • Stephen Fronda

        LOL I wish that were the case, it’s much easier to cure me being a jerk over established Android norms lol

    • Maher Salti

      bye bye battery (amoled screens)

      • Abhishek Kumar

        you wont keep the app opened everytime for it to drain the battery fast

  • D’Ander McSullivan

    I actually like the white Google-Now-like interface. I wish all the OS was like that (with an option for changing it back to black).

    • turdbogls

      Agreed. keep the status and navigation bars as is, but move everything over to a light/card theme. they are almost there already, slight tweaks to messaging, settings, dialer and gallery, and we have a full UI make-over. i personally love the look. but i can see why others (AMOLED LOVERS) wouldn’t be ok with the change.

      • Seth Forbus

        Its not just about the screen. My phone is LED and I prefer the black theme myself. White is just so bright and intrusive. Black feels like a hacker system or just something that stays out of the way so you can enjoy the phone.

  • Jeff Jameson

    I dont want my Android to become iOS. White sucks!

  • Oh thank God!!


  • Come on Google, where are those KitKat invitations!

  • jeremy

    Unfortunately with the display being IPS in the new nexus. I know we will most likely not being seeing the dark scheme anymore. IPS is all about bright whites, as they are much better on battery life. I just hope it does not look iOS like. I love the dark themes. :-(

  • Luqmaan Mathee

    Don’t worry about my amoled Google. Burn-in isn’t ‘that’ serious

  • Paul Henschel

    looks fake to be honest. that black logo, it would simply disappear in the app drawer unless they made that one white, too. even if, it would mean all system icons are in that style and that would look pretty silly.

    unless this is some tricky day/night mode thing which we’ve seen in the rom scene.

  • foggyflute

    Never use it… I always go straight to download folder with explorer.

  • Aman

    getting flatter. copying ios 7

    • Abhishek Kumar

      Copying iOS 7? Everything flat is iOS 7? iOS itself is copied from various OSes

    • Elloizius

      Copying? Are you joking?

    • turdbogls

      pretty sure google was “flat” WAAAYYYY before iOS was.

    • yeahman45

      dafuq? ios copied android

  • Hugo Oskarsson

    I haven’t had a reason to upgrade since 4.2, and it seems this will be the case for some time.

    • Tiago Azevedo

      And why is that? Just because you don’t see UI differences? Look TRIM has given a much better performance with 4.3 to my Galaxy Nexus.

      • Hugo Oskarsson

        Well i guess i’m just very, very feature-savy. I have paranoid andoid on my Gnex so i can’t really complain ;)

        • Tiago Azevedo

          Android 4.3 has some awesome new features working on the background, that highly improve the devices’ preformance.

  • Anthony Walker

    I don’t understand why they’re moving away from the dark color scheme. I like the dark interface better.

  • Hamza Honey

    hi every how r u?

  • Devon Day

    Is it going to be a complete overhaul of the UI?