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Google unveils Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Sam Loveridge


Android 4.4 Kit Kat
Android 4.4 Kit Kat

Google has unveiled its next mobile OS, Android 4.4 Kit Kat, choosing to name it after its favourite chocolate bar rather than a dessert as previously rumoured.

Perhaps a little tongue in cheek, Google has announced that it won’t be going with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie after all, but rather Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Turning to Twitter to announce the next Google mobile OS, Head of Android and Chrome Sundar Pichai released an image of the Android bot in its new Kit Kat guise.

“We now have over 1 billion Android activations and hope this guy in front of the building keeps that momentum going,” tweeted Pichai.

Originally thought to be named Key Lime Pie, Android has updated the Android home page to reflect the announcement.

“Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean,” reads the official site. “As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, Kitkat!”

Kit Kat has also updated its Facebook cover photo to showcase the new partnership between Nestle, who create Kit Kat, and the search engine giant.

It isn’t certain when Google will make further details available surrounding the Android 4.4 Kit Kat features, but it is sure to provide a large update to the current Jelly Bean OS.

It seems a little coincidental that Google has chosen today to announce its heavily anticipated Android 4.4 Kit Kat OS. It just happens to be the same day as Apple has released its September 10 event invites for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launches.

Bearing the tagline “This should brighten everyone’s day”, it gives a nod to the heavily rumoured budget iPhone 5C, which is tipped to come with 6-8 colour options for its plastic casing.

Set to kick off a 10am PT (6pm BST) the September 10 iPhone launch event will be held at Apple’s Cupertino campus, so be sure to tune in.

Next, read our Nexus 7 2 vs Nexus 7 comparison.


September 3, 2013, 6:55 pm

What happened to "Don't be evil"? Nestle are one of the most notoriously evil companies on the planet...


September 3, 2013, 8:54 pm

A bad day today. I like Kit Kats and I like Android but I have no desire for Google to get into bed with Nestle. From a marketing perspective it's kind of clever but also extremely dumb - ultimately it cheapens the Android brand in my view. It might be good for promoting Android to parents and increase children's brand awareness of Android in the short term but personally, I don't want to buy a phone that's has links to [censored] Nestle or any other multinational company or any commercially available confectionery item - leave them do what they do and get on and do what you do best. I want a phone with a usable, well featured OS and so does everyone else. There will soon be a lot more choice regardless of Nokia's apparent catastrophic demise.

Firefox, Linux and Sailfish are all looking like much better options since I've been falling out of love with Google for a while now - do no evil. Yeah right. Anything but Google, and I love my Nexus 4, I don't want it to become a Kit Kat next time they release an update. I'll go nuts (and I'm not talking Snickers) if there's even a hint of product endorsement included beyond naming conventions when they update to 4.4.

So, 'L'. What will that be now? Lion bar? Licorice Allsorts? Lindt? Lemon sherbert? Lost? I guess it'll all depend on who is the highest bidder but by then I'll be Long gone. I'm tired and more than a little wary of being your big data bitch, Google. I'm fed up with apps and peeved at the high movie prices and stupid restrictions and you're looking stale.

So it might be Cheerio/s Google. Thanks for all the sweet times we had together but I'm definitely losing my taste for more sugary treats from you. /apologies for puns

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