Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Android 4.4 KitKat is coming… and it’s real

Android 4.4 KitKat

The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is young at just a few months old. But that didn’t stop Google from announcing what’s going to be the next version of Android. And no, it’s not Key Lime Pie, as many have expected. So what’s the name? (is the photo above not too obvious yet?)

Android 4.4 KitKat, it is. So why the change in decision? John Lagerling, director of Android partnerships, realized that “very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie.” Then late the last year, a Googler suggested that the next version of Android be named ‘KitKat’. The company then immediately reached out to the guys at Nestle and an agreement was made in a day. Contrary to what many believe, the deal did not involve cash sums exchange. However, KitKat will be running a promotion wherein customers buying a specially-marked KitKat chocolate bar will have a chance to win a Nexus 7 or a Google Play credit.

Android 4.4 KitKat Promo

That’s not a bad deal at all as Google gets to use such a widely-recognized name for their mobile OS and KitKat gets free marketing. As for the features of the Android 4.4 KitKat, nothing is really known yet as of this time.

Sources: Android, The Verge, BBC

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