First Android 4.4 "KitKat" Screenshots Posted

Android 4.4 "KitKat," as the first screenshots reveal, is more than just an incremental update to Android 4.3 "Jelly Bean," it's a whole new user-interface, enough to make us wonder why Google didn't name it Android 5.0. The icons, buttons, and interface are back to flatland, with very little faux-3D going on. If we're guessing right, "KitKat" could be a knee-jerk response by Google to iOS 7, another mobile operating system with its UI marooned in flatland.

9to5Google scored screenshots of the home-screen, the Phone dialer, Messages, and About Phone pages. One can make out subtler colors; flatter and higher-resolution icons, and more accessible buttons. The UI isn't too different from that of Android 4.3, there are many familiar elements, and it should serve as a good transition between the Android we know, and whatever Google has planned for us with Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie."