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If a new rumor is to be believed, Android’s location access screen is getting a makeover in the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat update.

The news comes by way of Android Police, where the site has recently received screenshots of the new changes. As you’ll see in the images below, not only is the Location Access screen’s layout quite a bit different in Android 4.4 KitKat, the screen name has also been shortened to simply “Location’.

So what’s new here? First, the location on/off toggle is moving to the top right corner of the location screen. Next, the location source checkboxes are gone and have been replaced by a new sub-screen called Location Mode.

Within the location mode screen you’ll find three different location modes: High Accuracy (GPS/Wi-Fi/Mobile network), Battery Saving (Wi-Fi/Mobile networks) and device sensors only (GPS). This might not be a massive change, but it certainly is a bit of an easier, straightforward way of doing things as opposed to the old checkbox method.


Left: Android 4.4 KitKat                                              Right: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (TouchWiz)


Left: Android 4.4 KitKat                               Right: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

The final noticeable change in the new ‘Location’ screen is that there is now a spot that shows recent location requests, which could certainly come in handy if you want to get a better idea of what apps are accessing your location data. The recent location requests info may also be useful in figuring out GPS-related battery drain issues.

Although none of these changes seem particularly crazy or unbelievable, it’s important to remember that the new location access changes are currently unofficial. Even if the screenshots are legit, there’s no way to guarantee these changes will make their way into the release build of Android 4.4 KitKat – though it certainly wouldn’t surprise us if they did.

What do you think of the new ‘location’ screen, like the changes or not?

Andrew Grush
Andrew is one of the three Managing Editors of Android Authority, primarily responsible for the overseeing of US team of writers, in addition to several other projects such as VR Source and more. He loves tech, gaming, his family, and good conversations with like-minded folks.
  • TechDevil

    If you’re going to compare two different Android versions to each other, then don’t show one image with Samsung’s own layout. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean does not look like that in the first image comparison. Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Samsung TouchWiz on it does, but that can’t be called 4.3 Jelly Bean when comparing this way.

  • asdf

    ive never seen that, howd they get a dock in the scroll down notifications???

    • Ben Edwards

      In the top right hand image? That’s just the TouchWiz skin.

      • asdf

        yeah, the dolphin browser and google map icons there

        • Ben Edwards

          Since the Galaxy S3 Samsung have had this PageBuddy background service that brings up a row of “recommended” apps when you dock the phone or plug a set of headphones into it. Normally there’s a heading that says “recommended apps” but they may have changed that in 4.3 or on the Note.

  • KT

    My first thought… confusing.. Does the third option save battery, use more battery? Is it more accurate than the first option? The first option says ESTIMATE, the third option says PINPOINT… but it would seem that the first option would be the most accurate?

  • Ger

    Damn. Really? You call this a article? I’ll be Damn. If you have to write a article for every single small change on a new version of Android, then I feel sorry for whoever is paying you. This is Not worth writing about. Again, proves that this site and most of its writers are amateurs. Notice I said most. Not all. Unbelievable. What are you going to write about tomorrow? Go and wrote us a real article worth reading. Oh and stay away from all the stupid rumors. You guys are just copying the rumor articles written at another website then putting it in your own words. So then it becomes a rumor of a rumor of a rumor. What the hell. Just give us the link to the original article so at least we can read it direct from the rumor source.
    Freaking waste of time!!!!!!!!

    • Valtheus

      Welcome to the wonderful world of tech news blogging, where only the 10% of the articles provides useful information. If bloggers were to write only about facts and not rumors, they would post 2 or 3 articles per day. Now that doesn’t attract many visitors does it? ;-)

    • RvS

      I found the article very interesting.

  • roberto

    Samsung just shitloads it Androidversion. Just unusuable and totally ugly. Their Harwdare ist good but the software is a nightmare.
    Might be not too bad for android ecosystem if Samsung goes down a bit.

  • Chris

    Its a little bit confusing. The download application is using holo light but now we see that the settings are using holo blue. Also if the leak was genuine, the messaging application uses holo light as well..
    Is there a possibility that Kit Kat will introduce a theme switcher??