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Android 4.4 will be called 'KitKat' and 1 Billion Android Activations

Today, Google's Sundar Pichai, head of both Android and Chrome, revealed that the next version of Android, which will be version 4.4 and be called KitKat. Yes, the delicious chocolate treat will be the the name of the next version of Google's operating system. There were countless rumors that the next version of Android would be version 5.0 and be code-named Key Lime Pie.

Android 4.4, KitKat
Android 4.4, KitKat


The decision for Google to go by a different code name was after the realization that "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie," as said by John Lagerling, director of Android partnerships in a interview with the BBC. Late last year, an employee came up with naming the upcoming version KitKat, which is apparently a favourite snack among Android coders. And then Google decided to reach out to the folks at Nestle. Within 24 hours an agreement was made, though it's apparently "not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," according to Lagerling.



Android 4.4 'KitKat' Statue
The Android 4.4 'KitKat' Statue at Google HQ


Also in the same post by Pichai on his Google+ profile, said he had just returned from meeting with hardware partners in Asia and also said there are now over 1 Billion Android activations He goes on to say that he "can't wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that's one of our team's favourites." To promote the partnership, there will be specially-marked KitKat packages with a chance to win a free Nexus 7 or a Google Play credit. Also there could be a KitKat bar in the shape of the Android logo and just like the new Android statue.


Also here is a video from KitKat showing "The Future of Confectionery".


 


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SOURCES:

http://www.android.com/kitkat/index.html


http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/3/4690214/android-kit-kat-is-the-next-version-of-googles-mobile-operating-system


http://www.technobuffalo.com/2013/09/03/android-kitkat-statue-erected-at-google-hq/


https://plus.google.com/u/0/+android/posts/fuhQneSFKZX


http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/03/android-kit-kat/


https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SundarPichai/posts/NeBW7AjT1QM


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23926938


http://www.kitkat.com/



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