It's not a joke, and it's definitely not April Fools' Day. Google indeed revealed the name of its new Android OS: Android 4.4 KitKat. The SVP of Google, Sundar Pichai has confirmed it on Google+ that the next version of Android OS is called Android 4.4 KitKat, instead of the long-rumored Android 5 Key Lime Pie. And Google has updated its Android Developer site with a page showing each version of Android chronically.
From its first version Android 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Éclair, 2.2 Froyo, 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.0 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.1 Jelly Bean, to the newest Android 4.4 KitKat. Google's long-standing tradition of naming each version of its mobile operating system after desserts alphabetically has kept. When asked why the rumored Key Lime Pie was changed, Android's director of global partnerships John Lagerling answered: "we realized that very few people actually know the taste of a Key Lime Pie". So naturally the next Android version will be started with "L", any guess?
Also, it is actually the first time that Google has initiated a branded name for Android, for KitKat is a trademark from Nestle. Don't you worry though, neither Google or Nestle will get in trouble. It is actually a partnership with a promotion behind it. According to BBC report, there is no exchange of money involved, though the significant promotion of Android 4.4 KitKat will be initiated. There will be 50 million KitKat bars in 19 countries with Android branding, and inside the wrappers of the chocolate bar one can find codes and have the chances of winning Google Play app store credits and Google Nexus tablets. Besides that, the company will sport the Android mascot made out of KitKat bars.
Though appealing campaign as it sounds, the details are light at this moment, all we can get from Google about its upcoming release is the following line:
"It's our goal with Android KitKat to make an amazing Android experience available for everybody."
As if Google is implying that a major refresh will be made to the operating system. Since the debut of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with major redesign, we have seen three versions of Jelly Bean, which now on 4.3. So with the newest 4.4 KitKat, we might see some substantial updates. Let's wait and see.
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