Owners of prepaid Android smartphones in the UK with preferences for multimedia features may need to consider whether it’s necessary to upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat. OptoFidelity recently found that video playbacks seem to work much better on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean instead of the Android 4.4 KitKat. Also, pictures look better on the Android 4.3. With its VideoMultimeter tool, Optofidelity examined a number of characteristics including, deviation related to jerking motions. They also take into account the changes in fps rate and dropped frames. Some devices are even not able to play 60fps videos both in 720p and 1080p resolutions.
As a conclusion, users should evaluate the effect of software update on multimedia performance. Newer operating systems don’t always perform better than older ones. Consumers should make sure that a new software update won’t have a clear effect on the perceivable quality, especially if it involves high-resolution videos.
Google hasn’t confirmed this but there’s still a possibility that it would release a fix with the next minor incremental update. The Android 4.4 is released to deliver various new capabilities, including better support for low-resources devices, thanks to the Project Svelte technology.