Android 4.4.1 KitKat disables translucent bars on Nexus 10

It seems the Google Nexus 10 will not get the translucent navigation and notification bars with the first update of Android 4.4 KitKat.
Codrut Nistor,

The Google Nexus 10 tablet sports a screen with no less than 2,560X1,600 pixels but it seems this is not only a strong side of this Android slate. Due to still unknown reasons, the device will not get translucent notification and navigation bars enabled by default with the first update of Android 4.4 KitKat.

According to a post by JosephRaphael on the XDA Developers forum "Google devs Disabled the Translucent bars on Nexus 10 (Manta) because it "performs poorly on this device"..." and despite the fact this feature can be easily reverted using a one-step code tweak, one question arises: Is there a hardware or software issue that Nexus 10 has and causes problems when using the translucent bars?

More users posting on this topic opened by JosephRaphael report various glitches, sometimes even severe performance issues. "My N10 has never been "smooth" since the day I opened the box. Stock or custom roms, many different kernels and I still feel like I took a $500 dollar hit for a 350 dollar tablet. I am considering selling it," writes Lesser Version.

On the other hand, quite a few Nexus 10 users are sure that Google will not leave this issue unattended and will step forward with a software update capable of solving Nexus 10's current problems. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-11- 4 (Update: 2013-11- 4)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.