As you already know, Android 4.4 KitKat and the Nexus 5 have both been announced! With that in mind, Google has now released the Android 4.4 Kit Kat SDK tools, which are upgradable immediately right from within the Android SDK manager.
With these tools, developers can create programs that utilize KitKat’s new APIs and features which include the new secure element-free NFC payment system, IR Blaster support and much more.
Courtesy of the Android developer’s page, here’s a list highlighting some of the many new features now available for developers via the new SDK:
- New ways to create beautiful apps — A new full-screen immersive mode lets your app or game use every pixel on the screen to showcase content and capture touch events. A new transitions framework makes it easier to animate the states in your UI. Web content can take advantage of a completely new implementation of WebView built on Chromium.
- More useful than ever — A printing framework lets you add the convenience of printing to your apps. A storage access framework makes it easier for users find documents, photos, and other data across their local and cloud-based storage services. You can integrate your app or storage service with the framework to give users instant access to their data.
- Low-power sensors — New hardware-integrated sensors let you add great new features to your apps without draining the battery. Included are a step detector and step counter that let you efficiently track of the number of walking steps, even when the screen is off.
- New media capabilities — A new screen recorder lets you capture high-quality video of your app directly from your Android device. It’s a great new way to create walkthroughs, tutorials, marketing videos, and more. Apps can use adaptive playback to offer a significantly better streaming video experience.
- RenderScript in the NDK — A new C++ API in the Android Native Development Kit (NDK) lets you use RenderScript from your native code, with access to script intrinsics, custom kernels, and more.
- Improved accessibility support — New system-wide captioning settings let your apps present closed captions in the style that’s preferred by the user.
For even more details, you’ll want to head over to the Android developer’s blog.