Android 4.4 KitKat to get an all new location settings

According to the post from Android Police, Android 4.4 KitKat is going to get an all new revamped Location Settings. The new Location Setting is said to come with ability to track all the recent location requests. This feature has been shown in the leaked images which we’re sharing with this post. Another major change is the name itself. In Android 4.4 KitKat, the location access will be named as simply “Locations”.

That’s not everything though. The location toggle on/off is at the top right corner in the new version. Also the location setting have been moved to a new screen where you can choose from 3 different access modes like following:

  • High accuracy (GPS, Wi-Fi, and mobile network).
  • Battery saving (Wi-Fi and mobile networks).
  • Device sensors only (GPS).

These location modes are available to be used by the developers through APIs too. Check the screenshot below which details the location API.

Android Location API

Now when it comes to Location Request History, I think this is pretty powerful handy feature. This way we can track down any application which consistently tries to access location and thus by draining the battery. The screenshots below shows how it displays the history of location requests.


Source: Unwired View

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