Clock’s “Lap” icon

This is the Clock app from 4.3 Jelly Bean and below:

JB Clock

JB Clock

The “Lap” button (the disk-like one on the bottom left of the stopwatch) changed, with Kit Kat 4.4.

This is what it looks like, now:

KK Clock

KK Clock

I’m okay with this; my only issue is that the icon hasn’t been updated in the notification shade!

Stopwatch running in notification shade

Stopwatch running in notification shade

Details, details.

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[ROOT][Awesome] Using Expanded Desktop with Kit Kat Immersive Mode

I usually don’t share this kind of stuff, because it requires Root. But I thought of this great use of Android 4.4 Kit Kat’s Immersive Mode.

If you’re rooted, you should either be on a custom ROM (like Cyanogenmod) that has Expanded Desktop, or get the feature through Exposed Framework.

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The Good

Expanded Desktop will hide your status bar and navigation bar, giving you a rich and immersive full screen experience.

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Beauty.

Beauty.

In this state, Kit Kat lets you swipe up from the bottom , or down from the top of the screen to show the status bar and navigation bar for a few seconds, allowing you to interact with it. I’ve been waiting for something like this!

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Now, you can browse Chrome, or send an email in full screen, and then bring up the normal status bar and nav bar whenever you need it.

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The Bad

This use of Expanded Desktop isn’t perfect, however. I did find that it was a little annoying, especially when typing a message. As shown in the screen shot, the nav bar would come on top of the message area, making me wait a couple seconds before it would disappear.

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I would definitely give this trick a shot, though, and see how you like it! Let me know in the comments down below.

Tiny Details.

Here are a few more places where it seems Google has forgotten to align icons or text properly.

 

The overflow icon is not centered in the touch feedback.

The overflow icon is not centered in the touch feedback.

This is the new sharing menu from the Photos app. Gaah. These icons aren't centered!

This is the new sharing menu from the Photos app.
Gaah. These icons aren’t centered!

Hangouts - The send icon isn't centered!

Hangouts – The send icon isn’t centered!

 

In the Play store’s action overflow menu (shown below), the Auto Update option doesn’t look like it has a check-box, but when you press and hold, it turns out there is one. Weird.

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