Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Google's next version of Android will be called 'KitKat'

Google's next version of Android will be called 'KitKat'

Google's next version of Android will be called 'KitKat'

Kick Key Lime Pie to the curb. There's another "K" name destined for the next version of Google's Android mobile OS.

Google today announced through a myriad of channels that Android 4.4 will be called "KitKat," just like the "break me off a piece of that" treat by Nestle.

The pick continues Google's tradition of christening its OSes after sweets. However, while other names take after generic desserts (Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, etc.), 4.4's moniker belongs to a trademarked product.

According to John Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, speaking to the BBC, there's no money being dealt between Google and Nestle. However, Nestle is launching a contest by which consumers can win a Nexus 7 or Google Play credit through specially branded Kit Kat bars.

Android 4.4 does drop the space in the name, and Lagerling said Google approached Nestle about using "KitKat." It took the confection maker an hour to give the OK, Nestle's marketing head told the BBC.

YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKOrkLxOBoY#t=60

1 billion droids

Sundar Pichai, head of Chrome and Android, tweeted the picture you see above earlier today, also sharing that there are now over one billion Android activations. The giant chocolate droid, he wrote, will hopefully keep the OS' momentum humming along.

There's also a KitKat landing page up and running, complete with details on the Google/Nestle contest. Pichai also humble-bragged about Android's accomplishments on his Google+ page, simultaneously dropping a #AndroidKitKat plug in his post.

We're light on KitKat details from Google, with the company leaving us with only a single line:

"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android Experience available for everybody."

Pie time?

If you're wondering what's up with Key Lime Pie, according to Lagerling, the Android team re alized late last year that "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie," thus choosing the familiar chocolate bar (and late-night Google snack) for the next Android instead.

Internally, only a few people knew Android 4.4 would be called KitKat, with Key Lime Pie serving as a codename both with employees and partners, he said.

That's not to say Key Lime Pie is being discarded for good, though Lagerling made no allusions to that possibility. We could still see Android 5.0 carry the name, however, perhaps after Google's passed out a few slices of pie to familiarize the public's palate.

Until then, plenty should get a taste of chocolate-covered wafer goodness, as the BBC reported Nestle will deliver over 50 million Kit Kat packages featuring the Android's little green guy to 19 markets to promote the naming alliance. Among them are the U.K., U.S., Russia, Japan and Brazil.

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