Flashback: Android 4.4 KitKat has optimized the OS for phones with just 512MB of RAM


Anonymous, 4 hours agoAndroid 4.4.4/Kitkat was and will be my favorite version.Me too
It was smooth and reliable


  • Anonymous
  • sUS

LyleJP, 5 hours agoAndroid peaked with Oreo. Everything since has been inflated.Bloating when removing or restricting old version features.


Nexus 5 with kitkat best android phone, it still lacks some rom features.


  • Anonymous
  • n{k

Android 4.4.4/Kitkat was and will be my favorite version.


bazsy, 13 hours ago> “ZRAM… This is different from the virtual RAM feature you see on current phones,… moreSorry, but your reading comprehension skill is deficient. There is no way in the article to say that there is no zRAM in recent phones. It is simply said that the zRAM is different from the recent RAM expansion made today, obviously for the sake of clarity. Just that: it’s different, not that it no longer exists.


Android peaked with Oreo. Everything since has been inflated.


Best Nexus for me: Nexus 5 (comes with KitKat)
Best Pixel for me: Pixel 3 (comes with Pie)

The design of Material You is horrible. Pixel has already peaked with the 2 and 3. The 2 XL being the peak Pixel design. The 3 being the pinnacle of hardware convenience with software and no horrible displays, the 2 XL struggled with it.

Pixels have gotten a bit worse since, whether there’s no fingerprint sensor on the 4, cheaper materials and a weaker SoC on the 5, or they’re just too big and heavy with an ugly and buggy Android 12 on the 6.

Pixel 2 and 3 also come with the latest two versions of Android named after a dessert or something sweet. I remember when the new name of an Android version was exciting to discover. No more. Just call it Android 10, 11 or 12. More excitement for a dessert name.

Nexus One (Lightning)
Nexus S (Gingerbread)
Galaxy Nexus (ice cream sandwich)
Nexus 4 (Jelly Bean)
Nexus 5 (KitKat)
Nexus 6 (pacifier)
Nexus 6P and 5X (Marshmallow)

Pixel (Nougat)
Pixel 2 (Oreo)
Pixel 3 (pie)
Pixel 4 (10)
Pixel 5 (11)
Pixel 6 (12)


  • Anonymous
  • XS4

The transparent status bar was so in vogue at the time that it was definitely worth it. Lollipop introduced the Camera 2 API I guess that was another major update. So much nostalgia with Android, it still has a lot to offer.


One of the main reasons I don’t want to keep updating my phones every 2 years or so anymore is because I hate what Android is becoming. Most of the phones I want these days are older phones that never updated to Android 12.

I try to avoid 12 as long as possible. And it looks like 13 has the same hideous design as 12. I want my foldable cases on 11 forever like my Pixel 3 and Essential PH-1 on 9. I find software updates overrated and generally tend to ruin my great initial experience with a telephone.


I remember Android KitKat 4.4 came with my Galaxy Note 4. It was my first Galaxy Note Street to buy Galaxy S2 – S5 phones. It was a pleasant experience. Android Lollipop was less so.


Man this brings me back, I remember getting both the Nexus 5 and 7. The 5 didn’t last too long with me because despite being pretty decent otherwise the battery life was awful. I loved the 7 though, I’ve had it for years, a classic Android device.

Jeez, it seems much longer than 9 years since those days……….


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more ram, more ads overall? 🙂


  • RoaBaLang
  • 6cm

Android is now very RAM intensive because there are too many hidden goals from both Google itself and app developers. As a simple example that even fools should understand, when you run an app on an Android phone, you only have the option to “go back” and there is no option to end it in any way. any way except “force quit” the application manager. And all the apps you’ve been running will continue to run in the background, using the network, accessing and even sending your personal data, doing whatever they want. Not to mention apps that you knowingly or unknowingly allowed to “automatically start” and access whatever they want.


KitKat was the best version of Android before the era of Material Design. The best of the Holo era. The Tron: Legacy design that Ice Cream Sandwich brought from the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, Holo really came from Honeycomb (Android 3.0) for tablets.

KitKat was my favorite until Marshmallow, then Nougat and now Pie. The much maligned Android 9 is my favorite. I kept my Pixel 3 and my Essential phone on Pie and they still work fine. I wasn’t on Oreo long enough to really care because my OG Pixel’s battery life deteriorated.

9 (pie)
7 (Nougats)
6 (marshmallow)
4.4 (Kit Kat)
4 (ice cream sandwich)
4.1-4.3 (Jelly Bean)
8 (Oreo)
5 (Lollipop)
2.3 (Gingerbread)

Android 12 would rank in the bottom 3 based on looks alone. I hate his design. I’m just trying to tolerate Android 11 enough, but a few of my apps broke after 9 years. I guess Android 11 seems like the last release not for teenage girls obsessed with TikTok Snapchat and trying to be Instagram models (AKA call girls for wealthy athletes).


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  • sUS

Anonymous, January 23, 2022And now people have to pay for useless 8/12/16/18/20 GB just because some geeks have to leave 2… moreYou know what’s funny? Phones are anti-geek these days and most consume half the resources with the user doing next to nothing. Exactly the opposite of what you said.

There are few people who max out their phone capabilities compared to those who overpay for a flagship and then use those flagships as a budget phone.


That’s why my alpha galaxy was divine when it had Android 4.4. He didn’t get Android 6, after that Android 5 disaster. Man, I miss those times. Probably this one, Android 2.3, Android 6 AND Android 8 were the best versions ever.


Nice article, you really bring back memories.


  • Anonymous
  • jmi

YUKI93, 12 hours agoI remembered how slow it was when running multiple apps. Also, during these times I changed… moreUnless it was a crappy phone, it wasn’t that slow. And ios as well as wp were not lag free either.


bazsy, 13 hours ago> “ZRAM… This is different from the virtual RAM feature you see on current phones,… moreAs far as I know pixels still use it


I remembered how slow it was when running multiple apps. Also, at that time I switched to Windows Phone and frankly I didn’t miss Android at all. Windows Phone with 512MB RAM is much smoother and smoother than Android with 512MB RAM, even with the old default 256MB virtual memory.

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