Google announces Android 4.4 ‘KitKat’ as device activations cross 1 billion
Well, Google just put the kibosh on all the speculation about Key Lime Pie. The next Android version will instead be called KitKat, kicking off a new tradition of naming Android releases after chocolates as total Android device activations cross the one billion mark.
No, Nestle won’t be suing Google to oblivion for stealing the name of their popular chocolate. Instead, the former has teamed up with Mountain View for this most surprising happening, and will let Google use the name without charging a single penny. A special Android-branded KitKat packaging will soon be seen in stores, and those checking the wrapper will be able to win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit.
Google has already put up a new statue on its campus grounds, and also launched a webpage which goes through the history of Android releases. However, the search giant isn’t letting out any details on what KitKat will bring, other than stating their goal of making it “an amazing Android experience available for everybody.” The Android version accompanying KitKat will be 4.4, not 5.0.
Thoughts on this seemingly insane reimagining of Android’s crazy naming scheme? I don’t really like Kitkat’s edible version, but as the next version of Android? Bring it on, Google.
Update: Here’s an ad Google has put up for KitKat 4.4. “Every edge, every finger of every bar has been carefully considered and crafted to create a beautifully immersive and multi-sensory experience.” That’s brilliantly cheeky marketing right there, folks. Oh, and KitKat’s homepage has some awesome details on KitKat 4.4 as well, hinting at specs and features of Android 4.4 and the next Nexus (edge-to-edge display, longer battery life, etc.)